Deal with Ja's gun problem

Thursday, December 13, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Having trust and confidence in the police will not solve Jamaica's crime problem significantly.

Having good relationships with the police and armed forces in certain areas and communities will not bring down our crime problem from the top of Mount Everest to ground level.

There is a gun trade that is strongly rooted and grounded in Jamaica for years which has been empowered by foreign linkages. And the powers that be seem to be helpless in digging it out.

Jamaica does not only have a crime problem, but also a massive gun problem. We have heard many times that illegal guns are coming into the island. Why is it happening? It could be that the security guards and companies at our airports, ports and harbour are indulging in some form of corruption, or maybe they are not doing their job properly. I am just assuming.

Furthermore, with the power of technology, I believe the authorities in the Government should be able to find out who are the people bringing so many illegals guns into the island; and what's more, who are the ones distributing them to criminals.

It seems that some hanky-panky games are being played in our national security field. Some busybodies seem to be gambling with our lives.

Finally, why, for God's sake, the Government and the Opposition are not talking directly about Jamaica's biggest problem — the gun trade? They are always circling and going around it like helicopters.

Donald J McKoy

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