Trinidad and Tobago’s Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is urging more women to apply for firearm licences, local reports say.
The Guardian newspaper reports that Griffith’s encouragement to the women to apply for guns came amid public outrage over violence against women and children.
It also followed the murders of 18-year-old Ashanti Riley and the discovery of the body of missing mother Krystal Primus-Espinoza.
Griffith told a press conference at the Police Administration Building in Port-of-Spain, that the public outcry had ignited an operational plan to deal with missing persons and violence against women and children.
He said there’s nothing against women having firearms.
According to the Police Commissioner, the weapons can be assets for females.
“There is no need to be fearful of a firearm. Firearms do not kill people, people kill people. A firearm should not be something you feel so sensitive that you feel that you do not want it,” The Guardian quoted him as saying.
However, the Commissioner said he was concerned that 95 per cent of the applicants for firearms were men.
But he declared that a firearm is not a man thing.
“If the state cannot fully protect you and for obvious reasons, we cannot give you the assurance that we can. We are doing all that we can through the Government, through the TTPS and other arms of national security, but it is your right to bear arms. It is your right to defend yourself, it is your right to protect you, your assets your loved ones…,” he said.
Headline photo caption: T&T Police Commissioner Gary Griffith