Gov't legislator urges young people to lay down guns
A government legislator has called on young people in the Bahamas to lay down their guns and turn away from a life of crime after one of his constituents, whom he knew personally, was shot and killed on the weekend.
"My heart goes out to the young man who was killed over the weekend, and the others who have lost their lives in my constituency. I knew the individual personally as his family was most instrumental during my campaign," said Khaalis E. Rolle, the member of parliament for Pinewood Gardens.
Rolle, who is also the minister of State for Investments, said this is the second tragedy to hit the family, after the victim's sister, who had been among those campaigning for him in the last general election in 2012, died soon after giving birth.
"On Sunday morning, I visited the family and it was very difficult to know that they have lost two children as young adults, in such a short space of time," Rolle said, adding that more programmes must be developed to interrupt negative behaviour in young people.
Police said that the the victim was walking when three men in a vehicle and another on a bike fired on him. The name of the victim was not disclosed but the police said he was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.
Rolle said the incident shows that young people were now getting "their self-esteem from a gun or becoming known as a gunman.
"Until you find something to replace that gun with, you are going to continue to have these type of criminal activities," he said, comparing the criminal activity in The Bahamas with the 1980s and 1990s gang culture of Chicago and South Central, Los Angeles.