by Jerome Pinder
At this point there is no need to elaborate on the level of crime in the country. The record speaks for itself. As Government attempts to justify the current murder rate by mouthing off on statistics that a majority of murders are related to drugs, gang violence, or domestic problems, the fact remains that one murder is one too many. And as time goes on more innocent people will be caught in the crossfire.
I was alarmed this week to read an article in the Tribune where are Minister of National Security works 16 hour days. One has to wonder what the Minister is doing. Based on National Security in the Country, he might as well not show up to work.
We all know that our crime problem was a seed planted a long time ago and now it is a dangerous vine that is killing everything in the garden. Yes crime stems from a culture of drugs, corruption, gang violence, teenage pregnancy, breakdown in the family, lack of education, lack of role models in the home, etc. However, like any uncontrollable vine in the garden, you have to relentlessly attack and weed it out. Successive Governments have not shown the political will to weed the vine out. And what we have today is justice on the streets, instead of the courtroom.