UPP: Get to the source of illegal guns

The United Progressive Party (UPP) is advising the Freundel Stuart administration to get to the source of the illegal weapons that make their way onto the streets of Barbados if it wants to get a grip on gun crimes.

The new party’s spokesman on Home Affairs Maria Phillips said at a meeting last night at St Barnabas Heights, St Michael, the authorities had adopted a piecemeal approach in dealing with gun violence, and had failed to focus on the source of the guns and the means by which they enter the country.

“Why is no one addressing the source of where these guns are coming from? We do not produce ammunition here in Barbados. We have heard all kinds of solutions to this problem. We have heard of the necessity of the Barbados Defence Force to get involved. We have heard of the necessity of the communities to get involved. We have heard of the necessity of the police to come up with community policing. Where are the guns coming from? Who is bringing them in? These are the issues that we have to discuss,” she said.

She reiterated her party’s position that no one should be spared scrutiny, stressing the need for improved surveillance at the country’s ports of entry.

“We have to have a top down approach and we have to recognize that no man is above the law. From the top down has to be accountable. We of the UPP have spoken on these issues in the media . . . .We have spoken of the necessity of greater surveillance at ports of entry, we have spoken about the police becoming more involved in communities, we have spoken of the necessity of citizens to work in collaboration with the police.”

Phillips, an attorney-at-law, recommended an effective rehabilitation programme for offenders, some of whom she said see a life of crime as the only way to secure an income.

She also stressed the need for transparency and integrity in public office, suggesting this was what the UPP would bring if it were elected to form the next Government

“We cannot continue to blame the youth alone for where Barbados is at. You have a choice to make in the next general election for your own representation. Do you want a Government that does not show or adhere to these values? Do you want a Government that is not transparent? Do you want a Government that gives lip service to the values of integrity, value the security of its citizens, or do you want a Government that ensures that each citizen is safe? Do you want a Government that ensures that ports of entry have the necessary infrastructure to ensure that the things that need not reach Barbados and employ the number of persons to ensure that the ports and the island remain safe?”

Phillips, the UPP’s candidate for St Michael North pointed out that with the country reeling under a bad economy, a travel advisory triggered by crime, from either of the island’s main tourism markets, Britain or the United States, could deal a further blow.  .

“This is an issue of urgent national concern. We in the UPP have addressed these issues and pointed out that they must be addressed. At the next general election we have to make a choice that ensures that the country remains safe for our children and our children’s children. We must return to the values of our antecedents to ensure that Barbados remains a beacon in the Caribbean and indeed the world,” she said.

5 Responses to UPP: Get to the source of illegal guns

  1. John Everatt August 28, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Transparency is something that has been promised by both parties during an election however I think everyone knows that these are only words and that transparency in government is just too much to ask for. Not long ago Adrial Brathwaite was asked about this by the media and his reply was that legislation about that was not really needed at this time. That is after 2 elections of promises. So what would make us think that this lady is any more honest than this government has been or for that matter the BLP as well?

  2. Carlisle norville August 29, 2017 at 9:40 am

    the police have a way of taking care of their own, when they done with you, you in a coffin.I know that they have criminals ,female & male in the force, I also know that they are smart & clever men, custom officers working @ the airport,& the Bridgetown port,& this was going on for years & years now, de drug squad have their cocaine business going on quite nicely, & lips are close nobody ain’t talking only receiving the benefits ,( so tell me you party people ,how de small man is going to solves these problems ,when de high archy corrupt

  3. milli watt August 29, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I wonder if this crowd could make a change………it is the only part actively talking about this issue hmmmmmmmmmmm

  4. Ossie Moore August 29, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Any where in the world a Bajan (Barbadian) sees the Ready Kilo-watt man they see Barbados. So if the island is noted for lots of crime activity then it will become an icon to the world as such.

  5. jrsmith August 29, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    How could anyone believe anyone in politics in barbados, then comes the experts its a general election , most of these people were asleep……Nothing will never change……………


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