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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Too many guns in the land


Rev Errington Massiah

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Wicked doers shall be rooted out; and they that patiently abide the Lord, those shall inherit the land. Yet a little while, and the ungodly shall be clean gone: thou shalt look after his place, and he shall be away. – (Psalm 37:9-10)
What is happening to my beautiful country Barbados these days when people are shooting at the members of the Royal Barbados Police Force?
Is it for real when I read that on Sunday night (February 2) a marked police vehicle was fired on when it was on patrol in the Crab Hill area, St Lucy. That was the second time in a week that a police vehicle had been fired on.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014, it was reported that a number of men opened fire on detectives in an unmarked police vehicle at Murphy Pasture in the City.  Such actions are unheard of in Barbados and yet they are happening? It seems that there are more mad persons who are walking on our streets who should be at the Psychiatric Hospital.
I am sure that the Acting Commissioner of Police, Mr Tyrone Griffith is not going to let such behaviour go by. What I know of him is that he is a very serious policeman. Sir, now is the time to act because we cannot allow this country to be like Jamaica or Trinidad and Tobago.
Come on Commissioner, do what you have to do, because you can be sure that the public is with you all the way.
We cannot afford to allow this country to be taken over by just a few criminals. The police force is very important to any country. It is there to protect, maintain law and order and to provide a safe environment for the citizens of the country.
Can you imagine living in a country where there is no police force?
Where are all of these guns coming from?
We need to address the whole issue of guns coming into this country and the ingenious ways criminals are using to get the guns through our ports, including the use of containers. We need to have equipment to scan whatever is coming through our ports. This country has unfortunately developed a gun culture.
Almost every young Barbadian now seems to want a weapon and we really need to get back to the days when we believed that you really do not need to have a gun to solve every issue.
Barbados is not the only country where persons disrespect the police. In Islamabad, police have detained Pakistan cricketer Umar Akmal and charged him for slapping a police traffic sergeant, after he violated a traffic signal. He is also accused of tearing the uniform of one the sergeants on duty.

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