Gun worry

Cleric renews concerns about crime

A leading cleric and trained social worker is contending that gun crimes are driving fear in the hearts of Barbadians, forcing many to remain behind closed doors.

And, according to Reverend Clayton Springer of the Welches Wesleyan Holiness Church, the feeling of dread is virtually crippling both the young and the elderly.

Reverend Clayton Springer

“I think that is where much of the society is now, particularly the elderly, there is that fear of going out. The younger ones who are not involved have that sense of insecurity too,” Springer told Barbados TODAY.

The cleric touched on a number of issues, including violence among students travelling on public service vehicles and homelessness among women and children – the latter creates a different phenomenon because if a child is on the streets his educational ability will be impaired, he said.

But it was the issue of gun violence that and “the whole disrespect for human life” that attracted most of his attention.

He said many of those involved in such crimes were feeling left out, and were motivated to own guns so they could feel empowered.

And he was suggested that too many of them were much too young to fully fathom the consequences of their action.

“The types of ages [of those] we are seeing holding guns is really a cause of concern. The kind of age of the boys you are seeing with guns and the kind of background don’t suggest in most cases these are persons who are really rational in thinking through the consequences of handling a firearm. The knowledge of the power to kill, maim or severely injure another person does not appear to me to be a consideration that is being demonstrated by these people,” he said.

Springer, a former director of the National Assistance Board, also expressed concern at the ease with which illegal guns are falling into the hands of the youth.

“I do not know if guns are being made in Barbados or if they are imported. Sometimes when I read the newspapers I see that guns are discovered at the ports of entry to be assembled. It is frightening because a lot of people are being killed. The damage that has been done psychologically and emotionally to families is not factored into the consideration either. On average when one person dies by gun violence at least another five or six persons in the immediate circle of family and friends may have been impacted. When this is multiplied across a small country like Barbados one can imagine the kind of trauma people are experiencing.”

The cleric also commented on the circulation on social media of photos of female students in their school uniforms fighting their male counterparts on school buses.

This was all part of the lawlessness that has gripped the society, he argued.

“The fighting of students on school buses mirrors the anger, frustration and the sense of disengagement that people are sensing in the society. From a sociological point of view we could list a couple of theories that would impinge upon this type of behaviour. People do not feel a part of the society, people feel that the only way to get what they want is to express themselves in some negative ways and the whole question of caring for each other’s sensitivity seems to be lost,” Springer explained.

8 Responses to Gun worry

  1. North Point March 16, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Reverend Clayton Springer get your gun too, de fellows aint got no respect, ask the fellows at Sharron Church, this is Gun Town.

  2. Jennifer March 17, 2017 at 7:11 am

    REV, I blame the CHURCH, EDUCATION SYSTEMS, AND THE POLITICIANS for every last piece of this. But the church FIRST. What do you expect from a people that think they are worthless and full of self hate. When the ENTIRE populace of barbados people is still in plantation mode, including the minorities too. And they ALL LOVE it that way. NONE of the instituted belief systems on this people was ever REVERSED and this is now the back end of it. And I will go this far to even say that it will reach ARMY level to control these people. Taking time is not by any means laziness, you bet can your church dollar on that.

  3. Jennifer March 17, 2017 at 7:15 am

    And all who think that slavery was nearly 400ys ago. I would have you know that the mind is a terrible thing to waste. The conditioning is PROGRESSIVE. But from what to what???? Willie knew this.

  4. Jennifer March 17, 2017 at 7:22 am

    I recently spoke to a young man and was astounded by the things he knew about his history and the BIG COVER UP. Truth shall spring from the earth. The internet is causing many eyes to be wide opened. All praises. Instead of the BDF going to fight big boy war, they will fight the one they getting here.

  5. r corbin March 17, 2017 at 7:44 am

    stop making excuses for these lawless selfish gun toting clowns everyone at some point have to be responsible for their actions as a people we have to learn that life is hard and there will be set backs and violence is no way to solve your problems educate yourself and put yourself in position to make it life but No nuff of them just want it to fall from they sky or a politician give them a favor stop blaming the church these youths know right from wrong but they choose to do crime

    • Jennifer March 17, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      Do you see white people doing this shyte??? do you see Chinese doing this shyte???? do you see Asians doing this shyte?????

      Now go and ask yourself why and read. Then come back and talk.

  6. RB March 17, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Me think Jennifer need to see a psychiatrist

  7. Ossie Moore March 17, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    If God ever decides to go to Barbados he better take a gun with him.


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