Freedom worth much more than 17 guns!

Monday, April 14, 2014    

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Dear Editor,

The Sunday Observer front page news story of April 13, 2014, was one of the most startling I've read in a long while: "17 Guns for Freedom". If there is any truth to the investigative report, which by all accounts is believable, that Kartel offered information to police leading to the arrest of several wanted men, and the recovery of 17 guns, law-abiding citizens of this country, must be stunned.

The crime situation over the years has always been frightening with the murder rate escalating. If anything, Kartel's alleged disclosure should be considered retribution, a small form of community service, and payback for all the wrongs committed which can never be righted for the many lives lost, and the families hurt and torn apart. Those who support criminal elements, indirectly and directly, from uptown to downtown, should be warned, crime never pays and can never be rewarded.

I commend the police who work under such trying circumstances; risking their lives trying to protect us. They are not perfect, but do their best.

I wonder what UWI has to say now, celebrating a man like this who has always had suspect criminal connections, often implied by the lyrics of some songs? The media and corporate Jamaica should distance themselves, as far as possible, from these types.

A man like Kartel had such promise as an artiste. Yes, some of his songs were remarkably catchy. An aspiring talent with fame, success and wealth at his doorsteps. Someone who had untapped global potential, an opportunity to better himself and help those less fortunate around him. Instead, he chose a criminal life which ended with a long prison sentence.

Was it worth it? You can't go to court with dirty hands then try to be rewarded with disclosure. There is no reward for evil. Someone should educate Kartel, freedom is worth much more than 17 guns, freedom is actually a way of life!

P Chin





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