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Gun trade driving murder rate

Published:Monday | July 6, 2015 | 7:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Commissioner of Police Carl Williams wants the public to play a more active role in fighting crime. He said: "Everybody needs to know that it's not just the police, but they, too, have a role to play, instead of standing aside and counting dead bodies." He has made some very interesting comments.

I am very concerned as to why so many articles and comments are being put on the national table about crime - the call to the public in helping fight crime, plans and strategies being put forward, and so on - but no words or debate pointing directly to the gun trade.

Can you imagine this? More than 770 murders were recorded between January and June 30 this year? In such a small country? Are we on a killing spree? And who are they killing? Not mosquitoes - but people. And most of these murders are being done by the gun.

First and foremost, we need to get rid of the illegal guns as quickly as possible. The gun is a dangerous weapon that carries awesome power. The gun trade is the root cause of violent crime and hundreds of deaths in Jamaica.

Why are they side-stepping or overlooking the gun trade? Let us try to stop the guns before they stop more people.

DONALD J. MCKOY

donaldmckoy2010@

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