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Still no Gun Legislation-another NDP broken promise!

-No Bill to come before the House of Assembly on the out of control issue of guns and crime
The NDP has failed to address the worsening gun crime situation. Photo: Internet source
In May 2013, Cornel Melbourne Francis was gunned down at the Stickett, while Paul Prentice (right) was shot and killed in Road Town during evening hours in December 2014. Photo: VINO/Facebook
In May 2013, Cornel Melbourne Francis was gunned down at the Stickett, while Paul Prentice (right) was shot and killed in Road Town during evening hours in December 2014. Photo: VINO/Facebook
Some of the persons murdered by gun in the Virgin Islands from 2011 to current. From top left are Nyron F. Ollivierre called 'Tin Tin', Daren Allen ‘Tiger’ Hodge, Paul Prentice, Kawanna Todd-Rhymer and Cornel Melbourne Francis. Photo: Provided/File
Some of the persons murdered by gun in the Virgin Islands from 2011 to current. From top left are Nyron F. Ollivierre called 'Tin Tin', Daren Allen ‘Tiger’ Hodge, Paul Prentice, Kawanna Todd-Rhymer and Cornel Melbourne Francis. Photo: Provided/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - When they campaigned in the 2011 general elections the National Democratic Party (NDP) told the people of the Virgin Islands that it would work to reduce crime and bring to Parliament gun legislation to address the proliferation of crime on the streets associated with guns.

The NDP in its manifesto had promised that it will get tough on gun crimes and one of the ways they claimed they will do this was to amend the laws.

According to the NDP party's manifesto, it promised our children, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and ordinary law abiding residents that they would enforce provisions which deal with illegal handguns and introduce 10-year minimum sentences for those caught with an unlawful firearm.

After 3 years and 3 months in office the ruling NDP has failed to do both, as crime has overrun the Virgin Islands (VI) and guns are easy to obtain just like buying bottled water.

Broken promises an NDP signature

Just last year after pressure from the public as young Paul Prentice was gunned down in the streets of Road Town in evening day light, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith at a press conference assured the public once again that he will be bringing gun legislation to the House of Assembly early in 2015. In fact he said it will be his first order of business on the agenda of the HoA come 2015.

When reminded by reporters last month that they heard that from him in 2010 and 2011 leading up to the general elections he flip-flopped at the press conference saying it was “no election gimmick and legislation takes time”.

In December 2014 in his Christmas message to the people of the VI Premier Smith yet again promised that gun legislation was on its way in the form of an amendment to the Firearms Act, come first item for 2015.

Even the police had admitted that they had lost the war on guns on the street and at the start of 2013 police had a gun amnesty programme, but it received lukewarm response from a public that does not trust the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF).

Premier Smith’s position on crime has evolved

Over the past three year plus in office struggling to come up with an approach to crime while fooling the residents that crime is down the Premier also claimed that his administration intends to take a holistic approach to combating crimes in general.

“As you know, one of the things that has been established recently is the use of CCT (Close Circuit Television) cameras. This has been established as very important in the fight against crime in other countries,” he said in 2013.

Government’s cameras not working!

However, it was recently discovered by Virgin Islands News Online that the CCT cameras installed throughout Road Town and other parts on Tortola are not working. This is the same case for those installed on Virgin Gorda and the police must now rely on cameras in private businesses to help solved crime.

NDP admits they have failed on crime

Almost showing the people that his Administration had failed on crime it was important to note that in what is expected to be their last speech from throne outlining the Smith Administration’s Legislative agenda on November 10, 2014, in the Fourth Session of the Second House of Assembly read by the United Kingdom appointed Representative Governor John S. Duncan OBE, there was no mention of gun laws. The main focus however in fighting the out of control crime rate in the British Overseas Territory according the speech was “community policing”.

In the first sitting of the HoA for 2015 scheduled for Thursday February 12, 2015 there are no bills to address crime and guns on the NDP’s agenda, another sign that the government is not serious about guns and crime and has failed the people.
From 2011 to current there have been countless murders of residents due to hand guns and many armed robberies. In addition every month there are heavy weapons being confiscated by the police and as recently as last week with some Ak47 and other heavy military type guns being seized due to a tipoff.

Still our innocent children are being killed by guns, while the tears of mothers, fathers, husbands, sisters, brothers, wives and friends still wait for the NDP promised Violent Crime Reduction Bill. In the meantime our youths continue to die in the streets from gun crimes like animals.

One senior Police Officer of the RVIPF told our news room, that “part of the problem is lack of financial support for the police by the NDP, but when crime hits one of their family members you will see how fast they address giving us more resources and bringing about stiffer gun legislation.”

40 Responses to “Still no Gun Legislation-another NDP broken promise!”

  • asura (10/02/2015, 10:37) Like (16) Dislike (14) Reply
    excellent piece VINo 3 thumps up...
  • xxxxxxxx (10/02/2015, 10:40) Like (7) Dislike (11) Reply
    Procrastination is a stealer of time and the NDP is out of time!!!
  • mother hen (10/02/2015, 10:42) Like (4) Dislike (12) Reply
    A little to late now NDP we will haveto wait for the VIP.
  • 2 chainz (10/02/2015, 10:45) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    truuuuu, wait until one of them or their family become the victim, then you will see how fasts they act.

    Until the law is in place I am holding on to my piece because this little island has gone to the dogs. Power and greed taking over and they are feeding off of our youths.
  • farmer brown (10/02/2015, 10:47) Like (6) Dislike (12) Reply
    ndp pussy-footing with this far too long now another reason why NDP must go!!!!.

  • tears (10/02/2015, 10:51) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    I cry for my bvi
  • i from here (10/02/2015, 11:00) Like (24) Dislike (12) Reply
    Both Gov't broke the same promise!

    NDP 4 years

    VIP 8 years
    • 1 (10/02/2015, 22:49) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
  • Just saying.... (10/02/2015, 11:01) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    15 years for hand gun. (no passport/travel ban).
    20 Years assault weapon.
    25 Years for firing weapon or attempted murder.
    100 Years for murder which is life in prison, no TV or visitor.

  • Manurefesto (10/02/2015, 11:02) Like (26) Dislike (10) Reply
    Vino, republish their manifesto for all to see and highlight all of the broken promises. It will show their term as a failure. Then when campaign time come they will bring another manifesto. When Ralph said their manifesto was like a menu without prices he was correct.
    • YOU AGAIN? (10/02/2015, 12:31) Like (15) Dislike (13) Reply
      Their term is a failure because they haven't completed everything they promised? So none of the advancements in education, healthcare, sewage works, infrastructural works, upgrade of Government systems among other things are worth mentioning, we just say they fail because they didn't do everything in the manifesto in 4 years? If that's the measuring stick for Government then ALL Governments would get an F. We judge the Government based on what they have done in office and so far NDP have done a damn lot considering where the country was when they took over.
      • Manurefesto (10/02/2015, 16:55) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
        The only progress is in education although I think it was too much too fast in a short period without proper assessment of the effects the changes were having on students and their grades etc. The infrastructure worse than before especially in town where the roads are being dug up every month without proper advertising. The same way the Premier can issue a press release to the new sites to talk about no public servant went to jail under their administration he could say please don't use Main Street to drop your child to St. Georges as they will be carrying out works. Healthcare NHI is another burden for individuals that are already struggling. They should have implemented a plan to use Social security to cover the cost of healthcare for persons that can't afford to pay and having that person pay back. The same way government does try to borrow money from social security they could borrow to assist people that need it.
        • @ Manurefesto (10/02/2015, 22:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          Government has to shoulder the blame for the high crime rate in the BVI
      • @ YOU AGAIN? (11/02/2015, 07:33) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
        Typically NDP to justify their non-performance and lack of action for three long years; they say oh the VIP was in there for donkey years, so what if we did not do anything! Well get the hell out ah the way you have failed!
    • wow (10/02/2015, 12:45) Like (10) Dislike (12) Reply
      If so, to be fair then you must ask that the VIP 2007 manifesto is published and compared to achievements.
      Do you really want compare VIP 2007 to NDP 2011?
      • @ wow (10/02/2015, 14:18) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
        The usual garbage blame the VIP they were in office for a million years...But forgive us NDP we were only here for three years and have not done anything so it’s not our fault…set of retard
    • @Manurefesto (10/02/2015, 15:33) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
      While they at it, let them publish VIP own for the past years they have been in and you would see maybe 25% done and in that 24% all of the projects were over-run in cost but millions..who are you kettle to be calling pot black?
  • ... (10/02/2015, 11:11) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    It does not matter which way you look at it NDP or VIP . The lost of so many innocent lives can never be justified, especially by the people entrusted to keep us safe.
  • uk officers (10/02/2015, 11:33) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    With out a shadow of a doubt, the ndp must beheld accountable for crime
    • fake ID (10/02/2015, 11:57) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
      Really, I doubt they are interested in small island politics
    • BRAD BOYNES (10/02/2015, 14:34) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply

      Those murders are targeted killings. Men having " issues" with each other over s..t and pettiness. Imagine two are dead and two serving life sentences for something that was NOT any of their own. I don't know if the Govt can be held responsible for that. Sickening.

  • Jim (10/02/2015, 11:40) Like (17) Dislike (6) Reply
    They aren't serious about the gun law because it was one of their most talked about points in campaign and then when they got elected the so called media bill came out of nowhere to be passed into law several months ago while the punishment for guns still varying from $2000 fines to 2 years in prison depending on who your parents are.
  • vip (10/02/2015, 12:28) Like (20) Dislike (8) Reply
    VIP brags about building this country and has been around for 30 + years, but here in 2015 balling about NDP passing Gun Legislation! WoW!!!
  • ooooo (10/02/2015, 12:35) Like (4) Dislike (14) Reply
    the NDP only interested in things that they and their group of clubs can benefit monetarily from
  • ever (10/02/2015, 12:47) Like (3) Dislike (14) Reply
    Just more ndp lies
  • BOTTOM LINE (10/02/2015, 13:24) Like (8) Dislike (13) Reply
    The NDP is a damn waste of time.
    • @ BOTTOM LINE (10/02/2015, 23:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are absolutely correct! But guess what? there is another election
  • west end police (10/02/2015, 14:20) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    I Like what the police said; "One senior Police Officer of the RVIPF told our news room, that “part of the problem is lack of financial support for the police by the NDP, but when crime hits one of their family members you will see how fast they address giving us more resources and bringing about stiffer gun legislation.”

  • ooooo (10/02/2015, 14:21) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    just 11 more months of this NDP government...i cant wait!
  • BREAKING NEWS! (10/02/2015, 15:13) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    Guns have only become a problem since NDP was formed and elected Government! Sources claim that guns and gun crime was a non-issue during 2007-2011 but is now a hot button issue. Sources also say that VIP had gun legislation on the table but NDP ignored it.

    Wait, huh? That's not true? oh well, sorry.
    • @ Breaking News! (10/02/2015, 21:36) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      hush your rass after three long years and nothing and we must stay quite..and you got the balls to be up and down saying you want another four years..NDP and ayo paid bloggers must scatter and get real
      • @ you (11/02/2015, 14:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You sound like you have major issues man..if we are paid NDP blogers what are you--un-paid VIP bloger. Then you fit right in with them..worthless..
  • Legalese (10/02/2015, 15:21) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    People must understand the truth behind the configuration and use of words as they are when it refers to speaking legal language. It is illegal to have a firearm that is NOT registered, making it quite obvious that guns themselves are legal, once the papers are good, but it is having them without registration that makes possession illegal. To put a ban on guns would ALSO mean banning guns being used by special task forces. To put it plain and simple, the NDP royally screwed their supporters by taking advantage of their emotions and what they lack to know about legal language by making an empty promise. No ban was ever coming and sorry to say but, you cannot legally hold the NDP accountable for empty promises. So while your bills get harder to pay, your struggles get worse and various issues of the country remain ignored over the 4 years, they have everything they wanted
    They already knew this of course ;-D
  • Johnny Walker (10/02/2015, 19:12) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Man Vino I couldn't wait until you put up the story so I will post here to vent, Only one set of people eating all the time. This is cronyism straight up. So many fishes in the sea but every time is Crab, Crab, Crab. What happen to lobster and shrimp?
  • lodger (10/02/2015, 21:42) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    So where is the VIP committment to introduce stronger gun laws when they get in?
  • ? (10/02/2015, 22:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    this government still needs to answer the big question of C
  • wowzers (10/02/2015, 22:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Gun laws never curbed gun crimes yet. Laws are reactionary people! While I agree we could have tougher sentences on the books, tougher sentences don't change gun violence. The people who commit gun crimes don't give ah eff about any laws or penalties. We need other measures if we are really to make a change. Secure borders. Conflict resolution from Primary school. Anger management from in the school. Self respect! Parents who get involved no matter the age! So give this gun law nonsense a break. I know it is politics time again and we need things to talk about but let's get real. If you ask me I think persons should be allowed to register and licence firearms based on strict regulations and training.
  • 1 (10/02/2015, 22:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Sin Nister (11/02/2015, 09:11) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    This will never come to pass. Tell me who have more guns then the politician children and Cabal member children?

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