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Letter of the Day | Law-abiding people are sitting ducks

Published:Saturday | October 29, 2016 | 12:00 AM


He that plays by the rules always gets shafted. Not my words, but it appears to be true. For a long time now, the law-abiding citizens of this country have been short-changed and pressured and suffer the most injustice.

The recent spate of killings, in particular the killing of our young people, has followed the trend consistently.

I cannot afford a gun, nor would I be able to get a gun licence if I applied for one. So what do I do? The next best thing was to carry a machete in my car as my gun - until it became an offence if the police found you in possession of any form of weapon.

The police cannot be everywhere to protect you, so you arm yourself, if only to scare off a would-be robber. So you play by the rules and not walk with a toothpick, but then you are held up at knifepoint and robbed or stabbed to death like the little schoolboy, Nicholas Francis.

How come you who decide to follow the rules and live as a law-abiding citizen ends up being shot or stabbed to death? You don't even have a remote chance to defend yourself as you are unarmed by the State. When you hear of another innocent life being snuffed out, you either get angry and want to exact revenge, or you are so immune that it does not affect you anymore.




I sense a pot boiling, and when the lid flies off, God help us! It is quite funny that we recently celebrated the birthday of Peter Tosh, a man who did not want any peace, only equal rights and justice. Peter knew what he was singing about. Even today, we are still shouting for justice.

If there is no justice, this place will disintegrate into chaos and jungle justice. In days gone by, people used to beat thieves and light them afire. We don't want to return to those days, but it could happen.

We might feel safe behind our grilles and automatic gates, but no one is immune. Gunshots have no sense of direction. If law-abiding citizens are to stand any chance against those who seek to maim and kill, the authorities should seriously look towards arming the rest of us. Right now, we are sitting ducks, and we all know what the duck got.