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CARICOM Leaders Agree To Ban Assault Weapons

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Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders at a just-ended crime symposium in Trinidad and Tobago have agreed to ban assault weapons.

In an end-of-symposium declaration, the leaders announced the agreement to ban assault weapons in the Region, except for security forces and sporting competitions.

They also agreed to stand with Mexico in its legal action against US gun manufacturers and retailers.

In addition, the leaders expressed deep concern at the high rate of illegal exportation of guns from the United States of America to the Caribbean Region.

“Recalling the Region’s strong and enduring investments to support the United States in its ‘War on Drugs’, and, given our observation that the gun has become the new drug, as articulated in our separate 18 April 2023 Declaration, we call on the United States of America to reciprocate and join the Caribbean in its ‘War on Guns’,” their end-of-symposium declaration stated.

In addition, the CARICOM Heads acknowledged the concerns of the people of the Region, that there is a tilting of the balance between the rights of the individual and the public safety interests of the whole of society, which is having a debilitating effect on the rights of the community to live in peaceful societies, particularly given the trend for persons on murder charges to be granted bail.

And they expressed conviction about the multi-faceted nature of violent crime and its pervasive effects.

The declaration said the situation required a robust regional response incorporating a public health approach, which is an all-of-society strategy including family, church, academia, cultural and sports personalities, minority political parties, and wider civil society.

The leaders said they have agreed to strengthen the development of security as a fourth pillar of Caricom “so that collectively, we can better address the extra-territorial threats to citizen security; including strengthening the capacity of the community’s security and justice agencies to adopt and implement a public health approach”.

They also agreed to undertake a comprehensive overhaul of the criminal justice system to address criminal terrorists, focussing on proactive management of prosecutions, sentencing, and the diversion of young people at risk.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. This is laughable. So are they saying that the illegal weapons now in the hands of the criminals are ok to some extent? The whole idea of the weapons being illegal is that they are not supposed to be in the hands of criminals but as we all know they possess them anyway. So ban or no ban the criminals will get the assault weapons. Well only if the ban you alluded to is intended for law enforcement officials. But the last time I checked criminals were never authorized to own and use assault weapons. So much from a toothless tiger.

  2. How does a ban on assault weapons stem the tide of illegal firearms here?
    The assault weapons in the possession of criminals, did they get here legally?
    Do you think because there is a ban, the criminals are going to back off from trafficking those weapons?

  3. See why it’s difficult if not impossible for any body to take CARICOM seriously? A ban on assault weapons? What that’s about? These weapons have been used in mass murders in the US for ages. So how come, it is only now a ban is agreed? What sport uses assault weapons anyway? Video games? This is a crappy statement. Check this out. “Caribbean Heads expressed conviction about the multi-faceted nature of violent crime and its pervasive effects.” Like seriously? So Heads were not convinced of that before? Here’s another long piece of poop. “Recalling the Region’s strong and enduring investments to support the United States in its ‘War on Drugs’, and, given our observation that the gun has become the new drug, as articulated in our separate 18 April 2023 Declaration, we call on the United States of America to reciprocate and join the Caribbean in its ‘War on Guns.” Really? So because the region helped the US in its war on drugs and because the gun is the new drug, the US must return the favour and help the region in its war on guns? So the region had no vested interest in stopping illicit drugs? The people who write these crappy statements should be fired. Jokers. Those who watched the event know some good points were made. Those reading this crappy statement would not know that. But then again we cannot blame the writers of the statement, as the Heads approved it.

  4. USA War On Drugs was a ploy to have more blacks arrested and thrown in jail. They want us killing each other. As in the next pandemic they’re about to set up an create the lies as to how it came about.

  5. We don’t have one gun factory in the Caribbean so to the NON INTELLECT (they know themselves) why in God’s name would you smear k at this ban ?? I see some of you are not well read or keep tabs on all the weekly mass shootings in the US google it clowns something for you’ll to do before yull make Ludacris commentary.

  6. Last time I checked it was the Minister of Home Affairs/ internal security that can grant permission for any saint Lucia to keep a firearm capable of discharging several rounds of ammunition in a single burst. Will this be revised during the establishment of the new firearm board?

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