Amid a worrying spike in gun violence in the Caribbean, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has urged the United States to help curb the illegal gun trade in the region and Latin America.
“They have the resources to help us with that,” Gonsalves declared on Monday.
“The United States of America has to do something about not having the easy access to guns and the easy exportation of guns,” he stated.
The Vincentian Prime Minister also called attention to a Mexico draft resolution.
The resolution is entitled ‘Special Declaration on the Fight Against Illicit Arms Trafficking.’
It is down for discussion at the next Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on January 24th.
The resolution acknowledges that while the region represents eight percent of the world population, it experiences 37 percent of the world’s homicides, caused mainly by firearms manufactured or distributed in the United States and trafficked in the region.
Stop showing your ignorance and find out who are the importers and the buyers
PM GonsaIves we welcome your initiative some of own people are our worst enemies……but sad to say your plea will fall on deaf ears. The powerful gun lobbyists will not allow this, they don’t care about us they have no vested interest Black lives is worth less than toilet paper to these people, besides gun violence is like a cash crop for them. On the other hand if US made guns were been sold to the Palestinian or Russians you would hear the out cry and all sales would be stopped overnight. Gun violence to a certain scale works like a control mechanism for them they don’t want to see over progression in the Caribbean they like mayhem and dependency to keep us at a certain level of growth and development.. I remember reading of a case study on guns in the Caribbean and it was revealed that in 70 percent of gun crimes, the weapons that were used was purchased in Dade County South Florida. They don’t care what goes out and how many lives destroyed as long as the flow is not reverse.