Wed | Dec 12, 2018

Appalled at murder wave

Published:Saturday | December 8, 2018 | 12:05 AMM.A. Johns

THE EDITOR, Sir:

It is very disheartening to read of the murders and atrocities against not only those Jamaicans living at home but against returning residents.

The country must take immediate, sustained and effective interventions to curb these deplorable acts. The Government must look at the reason why violence has reached epidemic proportions.

Parenting and giving birth to children with no means of supervision and support plays a major role. Role-modelling barely exists, as the police, teachers, politicians and parents have forfeited this role. To save Jamaica and its reputation globally, we may have to bring back the lashes in, lashes out, and the gallows.

Human rights and interest groups are necessary. However, their thinking is not always of benefit to the community at large, but to the criminals. If Jamaicans cannot govern, a foreign entity will. 

I sometimes wonder about the numbers and calibre of guns coming into the island. Who is the mastermind behind it all? Someone in high places is responsible for the importation of these high-powered guns.

I applaud the prime minister for his efforts in trying to curb the violence and move forward with Jamaica’s development. You have done and continue to do a good job. The survival of our country is critical and will take bipartisan efforts to make this happen.   

M.A. JOHNS

melajohn@bellsouth.net

Florida