Guns Everywhere

Rico Wazir Reid shot in the head last week Wednesday.

Rico Wazir Reid shot in the head last week Wednesday.

The horrific shooting incident that saw 50 human beings killed and 53 injured at a night club in Orlando, Florida earlier today serves to confirm the frailties of humankind. Human beings everywhere must feel a sense of disgust at the wanton and senseless act of ‘mano a mano’ violence which seems to be sweeping the globe. Many are quick to explain that we have always had to live with violence going back to the Crusades of the 11th century. The struggle will continue until…

In recent weeks and months Barbados has experienced an several reports of gun related and violent crime. Fortunately we have not had the experience of multiple killings to compare with Paris, Orlando, Ohio and other places across the globe, however, there is sufficient evidence of the changing local crime landscape to be very concerned.

There was a time not too long ago on the island of Barbados a murder evoked a public conversation not just because it was a tragic act but infrequent as well. The tranquil and pristine nature of our neighbourhoods have become threatened as a result of lifestyle changes we have embraced influenced by the global village we have embraced. Barbados WAS the model tiny Black country others use to benchmark against, a country built on the tenets of law and order enabled by superior leadership in all facets of our tiny society. It seems to the BU household the characteristics which made us great we have willingly relinquished and are now being washed along in a stream or moral relativism.

Many of us have heard the saying when the US catches a cold the rest of the world, especially in the Caribbean, we sneeze. This saying although located to matters of economic performance the extrapolation can extend to the non economic. Given what is unravelling in the USA, Europe and other corners across the globe it portends the worst is yet to come.

There is another concern for Barbadians given the escalation in gun violence many attribute to drug trade, gang violence and a general break down in law and order. Reports coming out of Trinidad and Tobago where gun crime is out of control  indicate Venezuelan soldiers are selling high powered weapons for food. The soldiers are very poorly paid and have succumbed to the temptation of reporting their weapons ‘lost’.

The time has passed for long talk and to be prolix. It is time for our leaders to act. It is time for the denizens to act. We have high unemployment among our youth and the devil as they say will find work for idle hands. An interview with youngsters on the block last week in response to shootings was eerily insightful. Enough is not being done to win the hearts and minds of our idle youth population. In a small society it takes a only a few disengaged youthful souls to disrupt the quality of life we want for our children.

We hope the Barbados Coast Guard and Marine Wing of RBPF have taken notice of the food for gun trade between Venezuelan fishermen/soldiers and Trinidadian and Tobago fishermen. We do not need another conduit for high powered guns being dumped into Barbados. While this is unfolding we are told to expect 700 Chinese workers to enter for the Sam Lords Castle project.

How do we get our boys off the blocks to be constructively engaged?

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89 Comments on “Guns Everywhere”

  1. Pachamama June 14, 2016 at 8:56 AM #

    @ Piece

    Your remembering may very well be correct. And we bow to that, humbly.

    We remember being so repulsed by the incident that that place ceased to be a meeting place for us.

    You however don’t seem to remember an investigation and circumstances, to which we were really never well informed, still appear murky.

    One question though. If this person was aggressive and obviously had mental issues, per his addition, is deadly force justified when he lacked the ability to use deadly force himself, in what you deem as aggressive actions?

    And how can we build a zone of peace when these circumstances are acceptable? Would it not have been better for the shooter to take a beating as opposed to the outcome? When, as a society, did we decide that an arms race, this is what we have now even between criminals and property owners, is a good thing?

    Again, we surrender pre-eminence to your seemingly better memory.


  2. de pedantic Dribbler June 14, 2016 at 10:02 AM #

    There is a good reason that the Lord give us computers to write lots of Maloney and Baloney.

    @Pacha. Are you the same bro who writes on these pages about using a guillotine? The same man who now speaks fondly of a zone of peace???

    So let me understand your elevated and enlightened thinking today.

    You come into my establishment and steal my property AFTER you threatened my very existence (or to cut off my head). Witnesses, in the person of another fellow called PieceoftheRock confirm that you were often aggressive towards me and others. They say this was due to your use of hallucinogens or such substances that may cause hallucinations and other wayward behaviour.

    Ok lets take a breath and blow a tapi puff.

    So with all this in the mix: you are once again taking my property and you are once again making threats (directly or otherwise) at that moment I can accurately determine that you ” lacked the ability to use deadly force …”.

    Your mind is partially fried and at times you talk to yourself or attack imaginary things but I am expected to invoke a zone of peace because I absolutely know my life is not at risk.

    Thus, I should confront you and dispense instead “a beating”.

    May the Lord above give us grace and commonsense to decipher your absolute duplicitous words as we do with the other intellectual wags in society. Steeupse.


  3. Pachamama June 14, 2016 at 11:17 AM #

    @ Dribbler

    Is this Lord you speak of not well known for dispensing death to those who would mislead the people.

    We prefer true peace as a result of justice. We accept that people like you are to be killed (justice) in order to get to peace. And there are no misgivings about that position!

    Part of your wickedness is the misleading of the people through a massive mis-education. Certainly, that is worthy of death, is it not?

    But when you and those you purport to represent demand to have ways to kill others for the slightest of reasons. When you demand the sole right to the technology of death you deny others, because they are not like you – honorary Whites, that is worthy of death.

    All the boys on the streets should have the means of death, guns, which you would seek to deny them. And those guns should be aimed at the right targets – the real oppressors and their enablers like you.

    We thirst for peace everywhere ONLY on terms of justice. No obeisance to lackeys like you, your ilk and masters.


  4. Colonel Buggy June 14, 2016 at 1:19 PM #

    Pieceuhderockyeahright June 14, 2016 at 8:39 AM #
    @ Pachamama

    ………….. and the owner was right to use “deadly force” against John the aggressor
    I was always under the impression, that it was ‘Necessary’ or ‘ Equal’ force.


  5. SuckaBubby June 14, 2016 at 4:57 PM #

    The guy went on the property and picked some limes.He was shot , and ran out on the street and died.It was broad daylight on George Street.Unnecessary loss of life.The man was unarmed and posed no threat.


  6. Simple Simon June 14, 2016 at 11:25 PM #

    @Whoever “Many are quick to explain that we have always had to live with violence going back to the Crusades of the 11th century. The struggle will continue until…”

    OH boy!!!

    Whose Eurocentric “bright” idea is it that human violence started in the 11th century? Human beings have always been violent. We have been violent for hundreds of thousands of years. Maybe millions of years.

    That is how we are.


  7. Artax June 14, 2016 at 11:26 PM #

    SuckaBubby June 14, 2016 at 4:57 PM #

    “The guy went on the property and picked some limes. He was shot, and ran out on the street and died. It was broad daylight on George Street. Unnecessary loss of life. The man was unarmed and posed no threat.”

    @ SuckaBubby

    I agree with you, it was an “Unnecessary loss of life.”

    I remember the incident because I had reason to be in Belleville on that fateful morning. Unfortunately, I saw when the perpetrator breathed his last breath.

    Based on information received, the guy’s nickname was “Chinese” and he was from the Orleans. Apparently, it was his custom to enter the premises of an establishment located to the top or bottom (which ever way you enter) of 1st Avenue Belleville, called The Great Escape and steal limes. On that morning, “Chinese” entered the premises to perpetrate his usual act, but this time he was confronted by the owner, Mr. Alder, who shot him. He ran a few yards before collapsing and eventually dying on the spot.

    When I arrived on the scene, Alder was looking at “Chinese,” who was breathing faintly, before returning to his property.


  8. de pedantic Dribbler June 15, 2016 at 6:43 AM #

    There are any number of circumstances where they are senseless loss of lives.

    A blogger described this character as ‘aggressive’ and a user of illegal drugs so its a bit difficult as far as I am concerned to circle the wagon train so efficiently to determine that the theft on that morning was just an illegal act on the part of the owner leading to the senseless loss of life.

    Seems to me that both individuals were being callous and indifferent. Unfortunately one had a weapon that he used rather laxly and the other should have been acting more judiciously but was badly impaired.

    So with the owner’s impaired thinking that day based on raw anger that this man walked onto his property regularly and with impunity stole limes despite surely being warned off several times. Days or weeks or months of a growing sense of lack of safety exploded in a gunshot.

    And the other fellow had weeks and months and years of not cleaning and oiling the weapon he had called a frigging brain which brought him to his death with his lax perspective on life. As an adult he believed that he could so cavalierly steal stuff as if he was a boy stealing a few mangoes or coconuts from the families in his neighborhood.

    Senseless. Clearly.

    You call the police. They come, warn the fellow, maybe even send him for a few days rests to Station Hill (as it was then, I presume). He serves his time and is back on the street and does the same shiittee again and again.

    Senseless. Clearly.

    Any homeowner or proprietor, callous or not, who experiences that level of ‘Chinese’ invasion wants to get-rid of that invader after awhile.

    Senseless and ‘vigilantic’ and possibly criminally liable . Clearly.


  9. Colonel Buggy June 15, 2016 at 11:50 PM #

    Very often we hear the statement that soldiers make bad policemen as they are trained to kill.
    Here is a snippet from the Soldiers Yellow Card on Opening fire in Xxxxxxxx Xxxxxxx,against not lime or crop thieves ,but hardened terrorists.

    Never use more force than the minimum necessary, etc etc
    Always first try to handle the situation by other means than opening fire.


  10. Colonel Buggy June 16, 2016 at 5:18 PM #

    Why am I not surprised that a man has been detained attempting to enter a Bridgetown court while carrying an unlicensed concealed firearm.
    And if our wait-and-see excuse for leaders, think that they safe from this crazy show of blatant respect for law and order in this country, they may have a surprise on their hands.


  11. Caswell Franklyn June 16, 2016 at 5:31 PM #


    We usually follow precedent from Britain. A female LABOUR MP was shot and stabbed to death today.

    Sent from my iPad



  12. Colonel Buggy June 17, 2016 at 10:46 PM #

    With an automatic hand gun and two magazines/clips of ammunition , this young man could have done untold damage, US style , in and around the Bridgetown court yesterday, and as far as our leaders are concerned its business as usual. Go on home folks, the show is over………………For Now!


  13. Simple Simon June 17, 2016 at 11:36 PM #

    A gun up in his botsie. A hate to think what else is up in his botsie this hot, hot night.


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