New parties want action to curb gun crimes

The business-friendly political party Solutions Barbados wants to know why lawmen cannot identify the people behind the illegal guns and drugs that end up on the streets of Barbados, while “the boys on the block” know where to source them.

“It seems that the police may require additional resources because even visitors to the island who need drugs know where to find them. However, it appears that the police do not know the sources. Those who want to rent a gun know the source, but the police do not know it. We have to find out if the resources the police have are inadequate or are improperly managed,” political leader Grenville Phillips II said as he pledged his support for any Government initiative to curb the spiralling gun violence.

Solutions Barbados is among three fledgling political movements to express concern about the violence, in the wake of Monday’s shooting at Grand Kadooment, which resulted in the death of 20-year-old Taried Junior Rock of 3rd Ave Chapman Lane, St Michael and injuries to at least 18 other people, including a six-year-old boy.

The United Progressive Party (UPP) said it was prepared to “stand with all those willing to take urgent action to pull Barbados back from the precipice”, while Citizens’ Action Partnership (CAP) promised to support a joint effort to tackle gun-related crime.

UPP Shadow Minister of Home Affairs Maria Phillips said Barbados had witnessed an alarming increase in
gun-related crimes, stressing while the party did not want to “spread despondency and alarm” it could not deny that the crime situation was escalating.

“While in the past gun-related crime seemed to have been limited to those who engaged in some level of criminal activity themselves, recently it has spilled over into the society to affect ordinary Barbadians carrying on their ordinary lives,”
Phillips said.

“There is a perceived breakdown in law and order when there is a proliferation of illegal guns on the streets and yet there is only very limited arrests and prosecution of individuals involved in the illegal gun trade,” she added, while advising the Freundel Stuart administration to invoke its powers to increase the number of security personnel manning the country’s borders.

Meantime, CAP leader Wendell Callender told Barbados TODAY the current spike in gun crimes was nothing new, but it must be dealt with comprehensively.

“All of the social agencies have to come on board: the Church, the family, the community organizations, the Government, the private sector, everybody. I do not think that it is just about the crime itself. I think it is about the society, because if we build a wholesome society then it tends to minimize the level of heinous crimes that would be thrown up,” Callender said.

5 Responses to New parties want action to curb gun crimes

  1. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn August 11, 2017 at 3:00 am

    They now hold some drugs in the port. I didn’t hear ANY one get charge. Once you find grugs among other things the person that the DRUGS belongs to should get charge. Law men get an idea who some of these people are. But their are some people who can’t touch.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner August 11, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Agree Angus we gine never know because that is how things work in Barbados if it’s cats off the block then we would know but big fish nah.

  2. ishaaq August 11, 2017 at 4:21 am

    The only action we want is the death penalty. We are trying to survive and that a fact. And guess what, we are loosing.

  3. jrsmith August 11, 2017 at 10:49 am

    @, Angus B, hail, hail, your (3:00) right on the button , the untouchables , not the clowns with they trousers below they asses terrorizing our communities ……………………… But lots of families and friends living off the goodies from drugs and guns all have blood on they hands……….. Look at the life style of certain people not on bajan wages……….One day the people who is protecting the big ups will need protecting themselves ,because they know too much and them and they families will have to hide…………..

  4. Frank White August 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    So are you saying Phillips, that if your party becomes the next government, that you will prosecute the top boss whether they be pale skin, dark skin or yellow skin?? Is that what you’re saying??

    No let me see, campaign contributions in the form of 100’s of thousands of dollars and you want to do what, LMMFAO…

    As i was saying, only the Black community will feel the brunt… Full stop…


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