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Reactivate death penalty

Published:Tuesday | August 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

In light of the string of shootings and wanton murders across Jamaica, I again appeal to the better senses of our legislators. The death penalty is vital to the survival of law if we must survive and have law and order prevail.

Let's cut the rope on hanging since it is so troublesome. How about lethal injection or the electric chair? Neither would be difficult to come by because the United States has them in abundance, or we can design our own models. We have competent electrical and chemical engineers.

Criminals and criminality must be put in check. It should not be that each week, a different community is under the gun. Boys in garrisons have high-powered weapons that cost more than the houses in which they live. How come? Someone with the means must be supplying them with the guns. Find the source.

I call on the prime minister and his Cabinet to seriously contemplate the use of the death penalty. The reality is that Rockfort, Arnett Gardens, SW St Andrew, Olympic Gardens, Spanish Town, Jacques Road, Denham Town, and central Kingston, just to name a few, are out of control.

Are we going to act like sitting ducks or lambs to the slaughter while hoodlums degrade our country, our way of life, and our independence? We must act now. It's already late in the day.

JOSEPH EDWARDS