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Nov 3, 2011

Gang member gives up gun for destruction

Prime Minister Dean Barrow argued on Wednesday that the gang truce signed on September fourth is the reason why murders in gang occupied neighborhoods have dropped.  The meetings between gangs and Restore Belize continue and seem to have produced a small but welcome token by a member of one gang that everyone in the old capital hopes would be followed by other gangs. According to Pastor Paul Casanova, a gang member has turned over his weapon to show his commitment to the truce. News Five was at the ITVET this evening where it was publically torched and destroyed.

Pastor Paul Cassanova, Accepted Gun for Destruction

“What we are witnessing is the destruction of a gun that was surrendered voluntarily to the CYDP. One of the group that is a part of the truce voluntarily came forward and surrendered this weapon as a gesture towards their seriousness in their commitment to holding it down; keep the peace. And in so doing they are opening that the other groups around the table begin to see light and it’s a giant step forward in terms of moving the truce along.”

Jose Sanchez

Pastor Paul Cassanova

“So you do expect that the other groups will be more handing over of weapons?”

Pastor Paul Cassanova

“I am hopeful that the gesture will stimulate that kind of stuff since we didn’t even speak about any kind of gun amnesty or anything like that. A group just surprisingly came out this afternoon and just said we want to do this and demonstrating that they are serious about holding it down. So I am hopeful that this will trigger a domino effect and we will have other groups who would anonymously volunteer to bring forward weapons also.”

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11 Responses for “Gang member gives up gun for destruction”

  1. Bulba Martinez says:

    I hope so too Pastor because at this time, “HOPE” is the only thing we have to hang on to. Our country has been terrorized by these idiots for such a very long time. Let’s just see what our future hold’s with all our prayers but, Dean has to go anyway.

  2. Bulba Martinez says:

    I hope so too Pastor, because these idiots know’s how to play their silly a-s games and taking Dean for the idiot he also is. “HOPE” is all we have to cling to through the Almighty Father. Our Country has been terrorized by these idiots for such a very long time and we’re about to get some more jack-a–es from the U.S. in the very near future.

  3. Storm says:

    Gosh, if the police had checked the ballistics of the gun, would they have connected it to a crime or crimes? Sounds like the police might have helped destroy evidence! Geniuses.

  4. Charlie Price says:



    LET’s All PRAY FOR PEACE…so we can walk the streets at night without fear.

  5. belizeanpride says:

    that’s a nice step hoping the rest follows cause we’re really tired of walking in fear in the city and for the safety of our kids also.

  6. islander says:

    While this may look like a good thing IT REALLY IS NOT….

    My reason is that they were in a rush to show JOE PUBLIC that look this is good and in that rush THEY DESTROYED A PISTOL THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN USED IN MURDERS….

    Why didnt they fire off a few rounds, put them in a database and do a ballistic background chek to see if it has been used in crimes…

    Any gang banger who murdered or injured using this weapon cannot be prosecuted because the SMOKING GUN was destroyed by people who are in a rush to show JOE PUBLIC that things are good between GOB and the gangs.

  7. belizeanpride says:

    at this point of view brought by islander i agree to his comment, it’s a fact about the history destroyed of the gun it might could have help solve a murder probably waiting for a verdict which might end in murder never found. they should have kept it do a history in ballistic and later destroy them. now my view is that maybe the gang member might have use it recently and is finding the smartest way to destroy the evidence of his actions also. nice comment islander. we need to see the issue in different ways.

  8. BigBritish says:

    will this be the norm now? Well if that is the case, then its a legal way for the criminals to destroy the evidence that they use to perpetrate crimes. after i finishing shooting or killing five or six people with a gun, hand it in to Mr. Cassanova, who then destroy it. I do not think there was no good intention in handing in this gun.. If they are so serious about handing in guns, why not hand in the 40-odd guns that were stolen from the careless BDF and those lot of other guns that are been used daily to commit crime. my thing to you guys is, ‘stop negotiating with criminals. It make it seems that you are all part and parcel.

    Lets get real and serious about fighting Crime in this Country.

  9. worried says:

    What a joke. U people really believe this nonsense. This is just a paid ordinary person who made it seem he is giving for peace. If he came to the police to render his gun, shouldnt he be charged for handling a gun……

    really what fools

  10. prayingformycounrty says:

    All people are doing is complaining. Atleast he’s thinking about a solution to get some guns off the street. How much murderers they brought to justice? So would u rather them keep their guns and terrorize the streets or take it off the street so one less person gets kill, one innocent child lives? And for the ones who talking about they will just kill and destroy, come up with ideas then.

  11. The Man says:

    Guns don’t kill, people do.
    There are no good guns, there are no bad guns. A gun in the hand of a bad man is a bad thing. A gun in the hands of a good man is no threat to anyone, except bad people.

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