Govt must step in

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Opinion -

Two shoot­ing in­ci­dents in St Lucy on Sun­day have left Bar­ba­di­ans again ask­ing for tougher mea­sures to be put in place to com­bat gun crime.

Res­i­dents in Crab Hill, No. 2, St Lucy, awoke to the news that one of their own, Dex­ter “Hy­per Hype” Lash­ley, had been killed. Twelve hours later, in an ap­par­ent re­tal­ia­tory move, gun­play broke out in Har­risons, St Lucy, where ac­cord­ing to res­i­dents, about five gun­men in masks un­leashed a se­ries of rounds in the com­mu­nity. Lash­ley’s body had been dis­cov­ered un­der a sugar ap­ple tree near a wa­ter­course in Crab Hill. His death was pre­ceded by the sound of early morn­ing gun­shots.

Many NA­TION read­ers were si­mul­ta­ne­ously shocked and greatly dis­ap­pointed at the news and noted that this kind of crime will neg­a­tively af­fect the is­land’s tourism in­dus­try.

Vas Holder: Some­thing needs to be done about all this fool­ish be­hav­iour that go­ing on.

Diana Cum­mins: I am not af­fil­i­ated with D or B, but would like to know why the At­tor­ney Gen­eral Mr Dale Mar­shall is keep­ing quiet on mat­ters like these. Not so long ago he was pho­tographed in front of ev­ery news­pa­per crit­i­cis­ing the then DLP Gov­ern­ment . . . . What now?

Can­dace Miller: When will the Prime Min­is­ter and elected of­fi­cials call a state of emer­gency on the gun vi­o­lence pen­e­trat­ing Bar­ba­dian so­ci­ety?

Laura Devon­ish: So sad to read this. It looks like the Caribbean is be­com­ing the wild, wild West. Ja­maica, Trinidad, St Vin­cent and St Lu­cia. Bar­ba­dos join­ing in – sad!!

Cyn­thia Pet­grave Jack­son: Re­venge for the pre­vi­ous shoot­ing? Why would you shoot up a ball park where res­i­dents are en­joy­ing some leisurely fam­ily time on a Sun­day af­ter­noon which used to be a safe thing to do in the past?

Cheryl Al­leyne-brooks: So the vig­i­lante be­hav­iour con­tin­ues: five masked men with guns this week, last week masked men with guns, So next week we wait­ing.

Mar­garet Ross: Where are these guns com­ing from and who gives one the right to wreak havoc in a neigh­bour­hood or any­where for that mat­ter, where there are chil­dren and el­derly around? Give some of these young folks who are not work­ing but can work the task of clean­ing up the Sar­gas­sum on the East Coast. If this doesn’t stop, vis­i­tors wouldn’t be com­ing and some Ba­jans will stay put, wher­ever they are in this beau­ti­ful world.

Jesse Deane: Ed­u­ca­tion is the best de­ter­rent, and know­ing right from wrong. Bar­ba­di­ans should not al­low this par­adise to be­come in­fested with drugs and guns. The man­u­fac­tur­ers and deal­ers of these things should not profit in Bar­ba­dos. Ed­u­ca­tion is the key, the more young males that are ed­u­cated that life­style will de­crease.

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