Call for discussion on gun violence

The United Progressive Party (UPP) candidate for St Michael East Paul Forte has called on the Speaker of the House of Assembly Michael Carrington to convene a special sitting of the Chamber to discuss gun violence in the country.

He made the call yesterday afternoon while addressing a UPP meeting in St Barnabas, St Michael.

Forte told the small gathering that the people of Barbados were concerned that no attempt had been made by their representatives to have a debate on gun violence.

He pointed out that in a matter of days after Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite and Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith were seen on television discussing the topic, two more Barbadians were gunned down.

Forte also suggested that the issue of guns and corruption were intertwined.

“When are we going to have a discussion on corruption in this country as it relates to gun importation into Barbados? When are we going to see some kind of legislation addressing the importation of guns, whether legal or illegally? When are police going to be given free reins to do their job? There will never be justice in this country when lawmen give cover to some shady persons who have protection from senior officials,” he said.

The UPP candidate also questioned why parliamentarians on both sides of the political divide had not found the time to discuss integrity legislation.

During his address, the political newcomer also questioned the lack of representation by incumbents in some constituencies, giving the assurance that the UPP wanted to improve that level of representation.

7 Responses to Call for discussion on gun violence

  1. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams August 29, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Gun violence is but one symptom of a people who are becoming indisciplined at an at alarming rate. Men had guns for donkey years but they would only shoot at monkeys. Barbadians by and large have lost their cool and collected nature. We need to find out why.

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  2. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow August 29, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Epaphras D Williams for a informed person who appears to be full of info ..then please tell the readers …I’m sure you spoke with God

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    • Epaphras D. Williams
      Epaphras D. Williams August 29, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Michael, I think folks are taking in too much of your sarcasm among other things like no fear of God or man.

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    • Michael Crichlow
      Michael Crichlow August 29, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Epaphras D Williams to your”Michael, I think folks are taking in too much of your sarcasm among other things like no fear of God or man.”..humans are not monolithic and i don’t have no entourage ..I am a independent thinking Atheist..armed expreacher

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  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce August 29, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Action required enough of the Long Talk!

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  4. Ossie Moore August 29, 2017 at 10:48 am

    De people will decide if they want “The Cat” for the crime! The people elect the representative. Not the other way around!

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  5. bradg August 29, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    we need more talk???? really???

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