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The following statement was read to PLP Councilors on Thursday 25th June:
Councilors since we last met two of our MP’s have resigned from the Party, MP for Marco City Greg Moss and MP for Fort Charlotte Dr. Andre Rollins. I issued statements on behalf of the Party and so did the Chairs of the respective Branches. We wish them well and shall move on.
I am obliged to strongly encourage a stronger review on the back ground of all future prospective candidates. Some PLP came desponded and the opposition and our detractors tried to make a field day of their departure. It is worthy of note that both former PLP MP brought little or no support and took no evident support with them.
I remind all tonight that we do not live in a perfect world. I remind persons that Jesus Christ selected 12 disciples and one turned out to be a Judas and then there was Thomas the doubter.
Read letter from Fort Charlotte PLP Branch.
I must remind all of the following:
Bran McCartney was a former Cabinet Minister left the FNM
So did former Cabinet Minister Kenneth Russell
Both were Cabinet Minister not backbenches.
Were there action considered an implosion? Hell No!!
Worthy of note: both Greg Moss and Andre Rollins agreed that the FNM is not the answer.
The Guardian Editor is clueless and living in a fantasy FNM world.
Proliferation of guns in our Bahama land
I have a very serious intervention to night on the subject of CRIME.
I can and do remember when it was rare to see a Policeman carry a gun but today virtually every Police Offer carry a weapon. This past Sunday I drove to Yellow Elder and pick up some baked Crab Backs that were sent from South Andros and got caught up in a Police dragnet of the eastern section of Yellow Elder Gardens and was stuck in traffic for almost 45 minutes. I saw many Police Officers with machine guns and this concerned me greatly. I refused to accept that this is the kind of Bahamas that was left to out care by our forefathers. So I decided to look up an e-mail I sent in 2013 on the vexing problem of the proliferation of guns.
Dear Colleagues; I asked then are we swinging against the tide on the very vexing and disturbing problem of the Proliferation of Guns in the Bahamas when one considers the disclosure below. I personally was not aware of the magnitude and would venture a guess that neither does the general public. Clearly there is a compelling need to educate the public. A bold and demonstrable message must be sent to those who trade and use illegal guns. I again wish to propose and seek this Council endorsement:
A minimum of 10-15 years in jail, with the loss of 50 to 75% of all personal assets on conviction of the possession of an illegal firearm.
25 years to life in jail for conviction of high powered machine weapons and the loss of 90% of all personal assets.
More than 500 million military style hand-held weapons exist now- enough to arm every 12th human on earth – and millions more are produced each year, reports a new World watch study released recently. Violence fed by the uncontrolled spread of these weapons is further destabilizing societies already ravaged by war, poverty, and environmental degradation.
I was shocked to learn that persons with government jobs are involved in the smuggling of guns into our country. So it’s not just the unemployed but the employed as well.
I visited Potters Cay dock this morning to collect some seafood send from Acklins. An elderly Mail Boat attendant approached me an expressed serious concern how guns are been smuggled into the Bahamas. In confidence he told me that a major source could be the Boats transporting freight between Florida and the Bahamas. He shared with me an experienced he personally witnessed. He is deeply concerned over the murders in our land.
I would recommend that undercover police officers be placed on all of the major cargo vessels for a three month period. Reward monies should be employed to garner intelligence on gun importers. The Proliferation of Guns in the Bahamas should be the No1 National Security issue. It is my view that if we fail to stem the proliferation of guns we can kiss our important Tourist industry goodbye.
We must with the support of all Bahamians of goodwill revisit crime fighting strategies and implement needed changes including serious consideration to a three strike policy. All Bahamians must join in the fight; we can’t sit on our laurels and expect the government alone to solve this vexing problem. I am bold to ask how many of us know of the existence of illegal guns but turn a blind eye?? We must not allow the criminals to further destroy our Country.
PS God forbid we should experience an incident similar to the Church killings of nine in North Carolina, clearly strong medicine is required to rid our land of the proliferation of illegal guns. I repeat a very strong message must be sent and repeated over and over that it can be seen and understood by all.