Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and a high-powered ministerial team will sit today for talks with the business community in Tobago.
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It was good hearing from T&T Police service weekly briefing that in excess of 2,000 illegal firearms and approximately 37,000 rounds of assorted ammunition have been recovered by the police within the last 36 months.
I must say well done TTPS; this gives us a clear indication of what we are dealing with in the small twin island of T&T.
When I saw the amount of ammunition, approximately 37,000, I thought that I made a mistake, but not so. T&T is like a war zone.
Now, while I am glad for the efforts of the TTPS to rid the streets of guns and ammo, I believe this needs to be taken a step further. The figures given were only those that were found and confiscated but the quantity that may still be outside on our streets is a different story.
I would like to challenge the relevant authorities, beginning with the TTPS since you are aware that the majority of these guns and ammo come through South American countries as stated, why not come up with a strategy preventing them from entering T&T? Find out how and who are the transporters and shut down the trade totally.
Do not just focus on removing from the streets for there is still the possibility that many guns can still be out there. The real solution is to prevent entry, maybe a more aggressive approach at our boarders, our ports need constant monitoring.
I see this as taking it up to a new level, so I do hope that in the near future we would hear or read “a shipload of high power rifle and ammunition was prevented by the coast guard from entering the country, the relevant persons are now in custody”. That sounds good.
So TTPS and others involved, continue taking them off the streets, better yet, prevent them from entering also.
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