Sarah urges national approach to curbing gun violence

Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, the MP for Castries Central, has called for a national approach to curbing gun violence.

Flood-Beaubrun made the call in the wake of an upsurge of gun violence in her constituency.

In the most recent incident, a Security Officer was shot on Chaussee Road on Thursday.

The Castries Central MP told the Times that she is already speaking with MPs in neighbouring communities about an action plan.

She disclosed that she has also been speaking with young leaders in some of the depressed communities, so that a plan can eventually be presented to the government.

“It is just unacceptable – the senseless violence and it is very serious,” the MP declared.

She observed that persons from various factions are scared to cross the lines to visit her constituency office on Chaussee Road.

Flood-Beaubrun revealed that she gets calls from people who want to speak to her but cannot visit the office.

She expressed the view that there needs to be a two-pronged approach – ensuring that those young people are gainfully employed and changing hearts and minds.

The Attorney at Law by profession asserted that the police must be supported.

“There has to be a zero tolerance to violence and the police must be equipped to deal with all criminals,” Flood-Beaubrun told the Times.

She declared that as MP, she stands ready to work with all the young people in Central Castries.

“We have young men in Central Castries – a lot of them have a lot to offer; they are people who if given an opportunity will do very well and are leaders in their communities, so we need to pick out leaders and work with them so we can begin to transform them and they can in turn can be the catalyst to transform their communities,” she stated.

According to Flood-Beaubrun, the government must have a special programme targeting inner City youth to address the problem of violence.




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