7/20/2008

Murder rates in Jamaica through the roof

Well, these gun control regulations don't seem to have done any better here than the gun ban regulations in DC.

In the late 1990s, Jamaica did not make it on the top 10 list. Then in 2003 when our murder rate more than tripled the rate of the early 1970s, we made it to number three on the list. By 2005 we were standing atop the sordid pile at number one. All of the nasty and sick politics which had been practiced since independence to 2005 had caught up with us. . . .

At present only business persons who have applied for and met the stringent requirements are in possession of legally held firearms. Elected politicians travel with security details while we who supported them and voted for them in the hope of us building a better and safer Jamaica are forced to face the criminal gunman empty-handed.

As the police force signals (by its action over time) that it has no answers to protecting the poor and those most vulnerable, the justice system creaks and only delivers if one has 10 years to spare. The criminal gunman knows that no witnesses will come forward, so he has about a 90% chance of making it to the next killing. In this scenario the state has failed to protect us, continues to fail us and when our elected officials speak, it is mainly to sell us another fairy tale about our safety. . . .

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1 Comments:

Blogger Junkyard Sam said...

Yeah clearly gun buns don't work as intended.

I don't know much about Jamaica, but we should solve our crime problems here in the US by bringing home a diverse range of good paying jobs.

Let's get out of these so-called "free trade" agreements. Let's protect American labor with equalizing labor-cost tariffs on foreign imports of select industries.

There's a funny thing that happens when good paying jobs are available for people of all social & education levels. Crime goes way down.

I think you'd agree with me there. But where we'd differ is --- I don't think a laissez-faire "free market" ever results in a large middle class.

But we agree that gun bans are ineffective.

I learned about your blog from the Thom Hartmann show. I enjoy your blog entries even when we disagree on matters.

7/21/2008 12:50 AM  

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