Govt must step in
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.