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What is the measure of a good citizen?
In this region it is a wonderful blueprint for all Saint Lucians to be progressively intelligent about the nature of our society.
As responsible citizens we should be aware of the dangers of public statements which may be loaded and which would tend to justify wrong actions. It would appear however that very few are capable of discerning between what is lawful and what is not.
The use of guns or seeming intentions cannot be considered to be alright because no one, except a psychologist would be able to tell who has a criminal mind: it is also not by observations.
Everyone should know that the use or possession of firearms or other high-powered guns are allowed security officials , policemen and soldiers, property owners etc.
To deem it a right for one not licensed to carry such a weapon is to put peaceable citizens at risk.
As law-abiding citizens we all have a right to be concerned with questionable behaviour. It would also be erroneous to suggest that such actions are normal in an almost volatile society.
Only a few may recall that 30 years ago a former minister of the John Compton administration had asserted that school children were at that time smoking ganja.
He was however laughed to scorn by even his colleagues, but about seven years later it was discovered that he was right after all.
For peace, harmony and justice we must uphold the law.
Remember that a real gun is made to shoot; it is not a toy.
Already the police and the justice system are under heavy manners to deliver and therefore every right thinking Saint Lucian should endeavour to stand behind our law enforcement officials.
We are in a battle to reduce the incidence of crime and lawlessness, therefore this is everybody’s business.
No doubt our National Security Minister, himself a former top- ranking police officer, Hermangild Francis and the Commissioner of Police, Severin Moncherry, need our fullest support.
The record shows that several young men have died through gun violence, therefore we must all be vigilant in the face of such abnormal activities.