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Gun control laws in St. Lucia (letter)

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Dear Editor: While there’s a process in obtaining a gun permit in St. Lucia we need to have stricter laws.

Guns kill and that is always a bad thing. Anyone caught using/carrying a firearm in any kind of reckless way should have to face a steep penalty.

I know that there are people in St. Lucia who have gun permits and think that it is okay to just walk around with that weapon. Only law enforcement officers on duty should be allowed to carry a weapon around the public.

Gun owners fire shots in the air and think that this is okay. What goes up must come down. Many innocent people all over the world have become victims of such careless acts. We cannot tolerate such behavior in our communities.

Anyone caught using a firearm recklessly should be reported and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We are the Helen of the West not the ‘Wild Wild West’.

— AJ

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5 comments

  1. Gun control laws will make not make much of a difference...because laws are for people who are licensed to carry, most crimes if not all are done with illegal firearms brought in from overseas or gained otherwise. If anything its stricter border controls which clearly no one can control. At all ports there is so much corruption the importing of illegal firearms can never stop, the waters self lol is another joke so to be honest just get ready for an increase in everything fun violence and crime n the importation of more firearms we seriously have no control and it's the God honest truth most we can wish for is for these shottas to just calm make money and get it good so nobody has to die foolishly

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    • Actually Chaser I have to disagree with your comments . Thank goodness all Saint Lucians don’t have this attitude .If there are strict enough penalty with for example a minimum of ten years imprisonment without bail and of course one extra year for every round of ammunition caught in illegal possession then it would deter certain individuals from temptation . I however agree with you with tighter border control with is another contributing factor to help lessen gun violence but ultimately the problem lies even deeper that just stricter laws. The question is what is the reason or the need to have a firearm in possession in the first place . The answer is not difficult and unless we tackle the root of the causes then yes the problem still persists .

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  2. the right to self protection is an individual right. Any law abiding citizen of sound mind have the right to carry a weapon. You are also wrong, Guns do not kill people but rather people kill people. Get your facts right.

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  3. Guns don't kill people. People kill people. you need to get yourself acquainted with the laws of the land

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  4. AJ, where do you get your story from? Majority of the times, it isn't legal gun owners who fire the bullets in the air during celebrations or any other times, so you are wrong in that regard. Second, why do you think Police Officers are the only ones responsible enough to carry and use a firearm? Just like driving, once properly taught and mature enough to know the repercussions of being reckless, anyone can handle a weapon. Where I agree with you is, anyone who's caught with a weapon and not legally entitled to carry one, should be prosecuted to the maximum.

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