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Mar 17, 2020

Kareem Musa on Gun Control, Curfew

Kareem Musa

Gun and firearms are known to be illegally pouring from across the borders and smuggled into the country in many ways, all contributing to the mad state of affairs on the streets.  While that problem also needs urgent attention, Musa says that the possible implementation of a curfew given the spike in crime should be considered to restore normalcy on the streets. We note that two years ago, gangs were placed in lockdown as a way to curb violence.


Kareem Musa, Area Representative, Caribbean Shores

“As you know, our borders are very porous when it comes to the importation of guns and ammunition and drugs in our country. And that is something that we have to be real about. It is hard to control the importation of it because our borders are so widespread and so porous that it can come in from any point. But the fact of the matter is once it is here on our streets—like Chester Williams once said, we know dah who di pull the trigger. Well if you know dah who di pull di trigger then yo know where to go find the guns. And so there needs to be a ramping up of the searches. Yes, you have to follow the proper procedure before you search, but we need to get the guns off of the street once they are here. It is hard to stop the importation—we could try—but more so, once it is here, we need to get more aggressive with these criminals. We know who they are and we need to go into the communities and get these guns off the streets. Because of our new reality, we may have no choice in very short order to implement a curfew. We may have no choice. And so you will see bars will be restricted soon, you will see restaurants will be restricted soon. And so yes, it is hoped that people will stay home, but it takes me back to my point that we are prisoners in our home now. So what are you going to do about that? It doesn’t mean that the police can become lacks in their aggressive attack to root out crime in this country. And so we need to protect our residents. That’s what police officers need to do in this country; protect residents who are in their homes, confining themselves—whether it is COVID or crime—because these are two viruses that will be plaguing us in very short order.”

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