ONLINE READERS' COMMENT – Time to get US support to fight crime

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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ONLINE READERS' COMMENT – Time to get US support to fight crime

The Editor:

The issue that is bothering most Jamaicans at this time is the rapidly rising violence and murder rate. Today, I heard that we have reached nearly 200 murders since the start of the year. That is mind boggling!

From the reports on the types and brand names of guns and ammunition that are seized or found by the police, a significant amount seems to originate in the USA, regardless of the route by which they may have arrived here. One of the solutions, therefore, seems to be to attack the problem at the source.

Powerful persons in the USA are opposed to gun control and have used their power and influence to block laws from being passed to tighten gun control. In the interest of our nation and the many other nations suffering from the scourge of violence and murder, I believe our government should lead a resolution at the United Nations calling on the government of the USA to implement stringent gun control measures and to take all necessary action, using the full might of their Homeland Security mechanisms, to stop the flow of illegal weapons to Jamaica and all other countries. They can do this with their sophisticated scanning systems at all their ports.

The whole world would breathe a sigh of relief if the USA would take this action to stem the problem from their end. Their own citizens would feel safer with tighter gun control measures because it would lead to a reduction in the numerous mass shootings that occur there.

R Johnson,

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