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Clamp down on reckless gun owners

Published:Wednesday | May 3, 2017 | 12:30 AM


I am encouraged by the tough talk of the minister of national security as it relates to the improper use of firearms. Say what you will, I think this no-nonsense approach is what has been lacking in Jamaica's fight against crime and violence.

As an annual bystander at the carnival road parade, I witnessed the two gun-toting incidents. Not only was I frightened, but I was shocked that anyone who is licensed to carry a firearm would display such wanton disrespect for the law and grave irresponsibility.

Either incident could have easily claimed a life or caused serious injuries. Each Jamaican is entitled to bear arms, but we all need to be responsible in our actions. What I witnessed was a complete disregard for public safety and law and order. Are we above the law? Absolutely not! When did we develop this aloof, narcissistic approach?

I agree that there has been a worrying trend of private gun owners brandishing their weapons in public spaces, especially at entertainment events.

I wholeheartedly welcome the minister's remarks: “Let me be very clear: If you pull your weapon, or discharge it in a public space illegally, it will not only be removed, and revoked, but you can take this commitment to the bank, it will not be returned. So pull it at your own peril, and pray to God you don’t shoot or assault any innocent persons. No matter who you are, who you are related to, or where you work, it will be gone.”

I could not be more relieved to hear those words. Good luck, Minister! Get those people who think they are above the law!