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Jan 16, 2014

COLA condemns ‘archaic’ gun laws

Giovanni Brackett

Last week, the firebrand activists at COLA issued a statement recording their concern over the “archaic gun laws” that result in the unlawful detention of persons. COLA also condemns those that have eluded the long arms of the law because of their connections referencing the incident of GST Supervisor, Reynaldo Verde, in whose property a firearm was found by police but was not charged as the law dictates.  Well today, COLA stepped up the ante and held a press conference to officially throw its support behind Russell Roberts, a regular Joe, who is advocating for the law to be revised or amended.  The group is now taking its cause to the government and wants to secure signatures from Belizeans. This document will then be sent to the Prime Minister and the Governor General requesting a meeting to address the law. According to COLA President, Giovanni Brackett, the law is punitive and affects the poor, while the rich are spared.


Giovanni Brackett, President, COLA

“We are not here to take over anybody’s advocacy, but we are here to support Mister Roberts. The first thing I want to say is that we condemn in the strongest terms selective justice. Justice for the rich must also be justice for the poor. It is sad to see families, people of credibility and other people who may have been of the poorer class who are affected by this law. It is sad to say that you can throw a bullet in somebody’s yard and if they cannot afford the three or four attorneys that they would be thrown into jail. It is sad to see and appalling that you have families who are torn apart because of this barbaric law. So we at COLA strongly condemn both this law as it is and we strongly condemn selective justice. What we mean by selective justice…if someone who is not of affluence or someone who is well politically connected gave the story that Mister Verde gave, they would not have been treated in similar fashion. But we also caution that we note that the way the law is set up, people can be set up including Mister Verde. And COLA is not here to pronounce guilty on anybody, but we are also here to state categorically that the police are not to be the judge or the jury.  We are not saying that there should not be stiff penalties, but like my friend said who left here yesterday from the Miami News Times; that this is not the way to address crime; the way how this law is set up. This law is punitive and it is destructive and this law needs to be amended.”

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1 Response for “COLA condemns ‘archaic’ gun laws”

  1. Di man says:

    Where the hell were they when the stupid law passed in the first place. Dem no do shit when ih first come out when everybody with sense mi see ih stupid.

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