Harsh justice

Jones wants illegal guns traffickers severely punished

A Cabinet minister whose constituency includes one of the island’s crime hot spots, is calling for “harsh justice” for those behind the influx of illegal guns into the country, complaining that those dying by the gun are “all black young men”.

In the wake of the latest killings – a double murder last night in Marley Vale, St Philip – which brought the number of homicides for the year to 25, of which 21 were gun killings, Minister of Education and Member of Parliament for Christ Church East Central Ronald Jones this morning strongly suggested that those supplying the illegal firearms were not the average Barbadian.

Speaking at the media launch of the e-version of the ruling Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) 62nd annual conference document entitled Barbados First at the party’s George Street headquarters, Jones struggled to come to grips with the increasing number of violent encounters that result in the deaths of young Barbadian males.

“What we are seeing a bit too much of is the presence of too many weapons in Barbados . . . illegal firearms. And therefore, the question that one has to ask [is], where are they coming from? Who are the suppliers to our black men? And we got to get down to fundamentals, you know. Who are the suppliers to our black men in Barbados of illegal weapons . . .cause the people who are dying are all black young men,” said Jones, whose constituency includes Wotton, which has seen its fair share of gun violence.

The minister, who the conference chairman, said he was perturbed by the fact that “black young men are preying on each other”, and he called for “more deep analysis and deep study” to try to get answers.

Jones surmised that those behind the importation of the illegal weapons were from the upper class, whole motive was exploitation of the country’s black males.

And with his voice reaching a high, crackling pitch, he emphatically suggested that “the movement of guns into Barbados has to be an extremely sophisticated enterprise, and somebody or bodies are responsible for that sophisticated enterprise and need to be brought to harsh justice.

“How long, historically and in a contemporary framework, black men have to suffer? If you go back in history, the exploitation first was vicious on the black men . . . denude and destroy. Today it’s once again on black men,” an emotional Jones stressed.

Linking some of the violence to the performance of young males at school, the Minister of Education noted that there had been some work performance and disciplinary challenges involving young men.

He therefore called for undergirding and strengthening of the boys, not only in the educational institutions, but across the wider society.

“You have to undergird and strengthen those boys who have low self esteem, who are given some of the most awful nicknames in which they cover up their anger in a controlled environment like a school, and when they get outside the school gate the anger bursts out and something happens. All of these are things we have to look at in the context of the total society and its impact on young men,” the Christ Church East Central representative said.

He also expressed concern at how easy young men were being drawn to those who give them confidence and a sense of power by supplying them with guns.

Meantime, Minister of Health John Boyce, who is also the Member of Parliament for the neighbouring Christ Church South constituency, pledged to hold hands with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite in fighting rising violence in Christ Church.

He spoke of “a direct connection” between violent crime and health, stressing that services such as Emergency Ambulance Service  and our Accident & Emergency at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, were being heavily taxed by gun violence.

“So I hold hands with the attorney general and the Prime Minister and the law enforcers of the country as we try to battle this scourge which is regrettably, obviously taking some root in our country,” Boyce said.

emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

15 Responses to Harsh justice

  1. John Everatt August 30, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    This is all talk. You ministers hold the reins of government. Enough talk for the benefit of the masses. You act like it could not possibly be black people who are bringing in guns. It must be someone else. Do you really think that these more wealthy people care if the victims are black, white or purple. They care about money. And their skin color has nothing to do with it. But, these people are protected by you so we are not likely to see them caught any time soon.

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  2. Jennifer August 31, 2017 at 1:34 am

    Here we go with the deep studies and analysis BS yet again. Wanna make people sick. I have said this before, UNTIL YOU PEOPLE GO BACK AND REMOVE THOSE COLONIAL TEACHINGS TO THIS PEOPLE FROM ALL ENTITIES – this situation will worsen. There needs to be reeducation of not only boys but girls too. Do you not see how the girls dress and look. Something wrong with you people if you cannot see. The mature men and women also have a part to play in all of this. Those stuck up noses church lot. Yes you, who shrug at the young people with your church hat cock to a side on Sunday morning. This black self destruction business is world wide and gets worst yearly. Are you people that simple that you still do not understand, that you were placed in this position and that this is spiritual warfare.

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  3. Loretta Griffith August 31, 2017 at 5:08 am

    At least I have gotten a Minister to agree with me. That it is only the BLACKS killing they one another. Just now there will be no indigenous BLACKS and the so-called minority race will continue to takeover and make us THIRD CLASS CITIZENS in our own country. Right now we are second class bordering on third. Who is responsible, our own black brothers and sisters. It starts first with the pull down mentality. You are their black brother or sister conveniently.
    It is time we all call a spade a spade, and stop compromising our integrity. At the end of the day, we get thrown under the bus.
    Let’s learn to pull together and uplift each other.
    When we look in the mirror we should like what we see.

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    • Jennifer August 31, 2017 at 5:58 am

      A race does not have to be more that you numerically to take you over. It all have to do with wealth or finances and ownership of businesses. If you see what I mean. So from that stand point that has already happened many years ago, look carefully and analyse things. The problem all started when our governments decided to INTEGRATE. They integrated with people who was already richer with millions of free dollars under their belt and pushed an education system for our children to further compete for a few crumbs in the name of work. Instead of harvesting our technical children and push business development and support of one another. Check chinese, japanese, indian and see. We parents continue to push our children to compete on this same game stage to work for the minorities. This is how we as blacks were brought low as a people by the killing of our men also.

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  4. Tony Webster August 31, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Heard our Minister of Education, Crime solutions, and Shouting, live, attempting to place a “paler shade of white”, on who is de big men bringing in the guns, by upping his delivery at 122 decibells: thin soup Sir!
    Either we ( all bajans togedder) root these guys out, or crappaud gine smoke our pipe, just like JA, and Trinbago.

    CRIMESTOPPERS may be reached at 1-800-TIPS. Do it today.

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  5. Realist August 31, 2017 at 6:17 am

    An empty curriculum that does not give people alternatives Mr. Jones is the problem. A person resorts to a gun when he/she does not have choices. If you don’t have a gun, you can get a cutlass, acid, whatever. Guns have been in Barbados from slavery. Black people don’t need them when they can see a way out outside of crime. When I was growing up nobody needed a gun (but they were there) because there was HOPE and ALTERNATIVES despite how small. Right now Barbados has no HOPE, so you are going to see an escalation in crime. The tolerance level is low and the underground economy is drying up, hence angry, vicious people. Since you always want to fool people that you are widely read you should have seen this in the discourse somewhere.

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  6. harry turnover August 31, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Meantime, Minister of Health John Boyce, who is also the Member of Parliament for the neighbouring Christ Church South constituency, pledged to hold hands with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite in fighting rising violence in Christ Church.
    Well well….it is as easy as that …NO ACTION…TALK ONLY truly a NATO Government.
    People looking to wunna fa ways and means to find out WHO BRINGING in these GUNS and Boyce talking bout holding hands .
    Jones and wuk up NOW strongly suggesting that those supplying the illegal firearms were not the average Barbadian.
    …but Jones EVERYBODY knows that..so you think you saying something ? People that REALLY know wha going on would however,say that you CONVIENTLY used the word SUGGEST though

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  7. harry turnover August 31, 2017 at 7:01 am

    As a poor,peaceful and polite man I would have to agree with REALIST…there is no HOPE …
    This Government can’t find jobs for the young people who can’t remain at home all day…they congregate on the blocks..don’t mek guns.en got na money to IMPORT GUNS or pay people to keep quiet therefore a blind man can see where the guns coming from.

    The Government fooling people ALL the time..taxing people EVERY year ,the Courts locking up and fining the SMALL man fa a little spliff or possession of a bigger amount most of them ONLY selling it to get some money to FEED themselves and their family BECAUSE the Government can’t provide them with JOBS,while those with JOBS and MONEY IMPORTING GUNS AND DRUGS are UNTOUCHABLE and obtaining other things by illegal means too and think that the unemployed don’t notice it.

    the time

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  8. Me August 31, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Get pass the fluff and act. There is enough intelligence available to know where the loopholes are. Put systems in the port and place the armed forces at the country’s disposal. Bring back the discipline in this country of ours. I have a few solutions which I won’t post in here for security purposes but which would stop the nonsense. Dodds is not for the lawless but rather for the criminals.

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  9. hcalndre August 31, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Since this Government gain power 9 years ago, Barbados was on the decline, lies, unemployment, taxes, crime and the don`t care attitude have created the problems. Lies about the single digit unemployment when workers are been laid-off every day, civil servants have not got a raise of pay in 9 years, the MOFalse Information comes up with all these alphabetical name changes like BRA and its like putting on a jacket and tie on a horse, its still a horse so name changes don`t matter. The problem is the yard fowls that instead of putting the blame where it belongs, they are blaming the opposition and every dog in the village. There is a host that believes the opposition should help the government and only start to speak when the PM rings the bell, I will follow very closely when they are on the opposite side, how she will react.

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  10. milli watt August 31, 2017 at 9:39 am

    CRACK SOME HEADS RONNIE………………YOU SHOW THEM.

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  11. David Hall August 31, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Am tired of two-mouths politicians who on one hand want to crack heads of persons who protest legitimately while taking forever to condemn lawlessness except when their political futures are a sake.

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  12. Tony Waterman August 31, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    The minister, is perturbed by the fact that “black young men are preying on each other”, and he called for “more deep analysis and deep study” to try to get answers.

    More Talk, and More Statistics, this is NOT the Answer, Minister Jones, People want ACTION, People want a SOLUTION.

    Jones surmised that those behind the importation of the illegal weapons were from the upper class, whole motive was exploitation of the country’s black males.

    Am i to understand that this UPPER Class includes all those inhabitants of “Port St.Charles’ and “Port Ferdinand” ?? which perhaps (Subject to factful Correction) has Little or NO Customs Control of coming and going Yachts, and other Sailing Vessels ??.

    “Somebody or Bodies are responsible for that sophisticated enterprise and need to be brought to harsh justice.”

    Unfortunately Mr.Minister, there is NO Harsh Justice being meted out in Barbados Today, unless one is Caught with a few “Spliffs” on their person, and again that is us usually a “Young Black Male” who is then more than often shipped off to Dodds to mix with Hardened Criminals.

    “How long, historically and in a contemporary framework, black men have to suffer? If you go back in history, the exploitation first was vicious on the black men . . . denude and destroy. Today it’s once again on black men,” an emotional Jones stressed.

    Is Today’s Black man in Today’s Barbados, not Educated enough to make better Concious decisions, Mr. Minister, or has the Education System Failed them so HORRIBLY that they don’t even have the Capacity to Think ??

    “Linking some of the violence to the performance of young males at school, the Minister of Education noted that there had been some work performance and disciplinary challenges involving young men.”

    The Minister should have a GOOD Look at the 5 Year Study done by The Principal of Queens College, with the Separation of Genders within the Co-Ed System we now have, and the Surprising Results, that MIGHT give him (The minister) an insught into what is really the Problem with the MALE Students in our Present Education System.
    Perhaps the Minister WILL Avoid looking at these study results, because Perhaps he does NOT want to be the One to ADMIT that going Co-Ed was a Humongous Mistake back Then.

    “Meantime, Minister of Health John Boyce, who is also the Member of Parliament for the neighbouring Christ Church South constituency, pledged to hold hands with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite in fighting rising violence in Christ Church.”

    Yes, a great time to Hold Hands, whilst you are at it why don’t you Three Anmigos sing “Koom By ah”

    Minister Boyce!!!! The Scourge can be eliminated very Quickly, If and only IF yoiu guys enact PROPER Legislation to Deal with it, and Pay NO attention to AMNESTY International, and all like them, who only Criticise, but off no Helpful or any Solution.

    Lock them up with HARD LABOUR, Minimum Sentence % Years.
    HANG them for PRE MEDITATED MURDER, and the MURDER of ANY OFFICER of the LAW.

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  13. Alex Alleyne August 31, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Go listen to FREDDIE McKAY song ” TRIBAL INNA YARD”.
    Check it out on You Tube.

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  14. orlando September 4, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    mcdowell say there is no proof of custom officers doint anything illigal so thats not a topic as far as hes concern. he knows all custom officers and they are honest hard working people. lol what a jack ass.

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