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Our society has become ‘numb’ regarding gun violence- Perline R. Scatliffe-Leonard

- said personal views & politics must be put aside in addressing gun violence
Seventh-District candidate Mrs Perline R. Scatliffe-Leonard has said gun violence is escalating in the territory and poses long-term consequences for future generations. Photo: Provided
Yan Edwards, who was recently released from Her Majesty's Prison, was gunned down at a bar in East End on February 6, 2023. Photo: Team of Reporters
Yan Edwards, who was recently released from Her Majesty's Prison, was gunned down at a bar in East End on February 6, 2023. Photo: Team of Reporters
LONG LOOK, Tortola, VI- “There is no denying that we are in a gun violence crisis,” Seventh-District candidate Mrs Perline R. Scatliffe-Leonard has stated, as she argued that gun violence is escalating and poses long-term consequences for future generations.

“We must do more to end gun violence in the British Virgin Islands as we can no longer bear the news of another one of our precious children being injured or perishing untimely on our soil,” Scatliffe-Leonard said in a statement today, March 1, 2023.

There have been two fatal shootings in the Virgin Islands so far this year.

Stigma on 7th & 8th Districts

According to the Independent candidate, the 7th and 8th Districts are devastated by much loss due to gun violence and that she continues to pray for healing so that the stigma that has been attached to her community is removed.

“We must set clear and strong standards that send a message that this community and Territory stand firm against all acts of violence. For this we need a stronger community, police, and social development partnership to focus on some of the more problematic issues, because “We Matter Too”! While we do not know, and may never find out, the exact reasons for these gun crimes, I implore our young men and women to find harmonious ways to resolve their issues. Put your weapons down.”

The former Director of Water and Sewerage Department (W&SD) said parents have an “awesome responsibility” to help guide and mold the youths.

She implored them to pay more attention to their children and they company they keep.

“We need to know where our children are hanging out, who are their friends, what they are doing, what they are watching on television, and most of all to reassure them that we love them.”

‘Society has become numb’- Scatliffe-Leonard

Additionally, Scatliffe-Leonard highlighted that society has not been doing enough to tackle the problem of gun violence.

“I am concerned about how numb our society has become regarding gun violence.”

According to Scatliffe-Leonard, personal views and politics must be put aside, and a conscious effort must be made across every community in the territory, to speak out against gun violence.

“It is time to change the culture of violence, and strengthen our policies, to stop it. We must take a united stand. This is a Territorial effort. We must be proactive and not reactive in preventing violence while creating a safer BVI.”


To do this, Scatliffe-Leonard posited that the territory must recognise that gun violence is critical but preventable with everyone’s input. She said efforts must be made to reduce access to firearms, offer community support through the creation of intervention programmes and youth employment etc, identify and implement solutions.

She said law enforcers must build trust by developing relationships with the community.

Additionally, she said there is a need to expand the provision of social, emotional, and mental health support for everyone and offer greater community support for families, especially mothers with young children.

Calling to private corporations, Scatliffe-Leonard said: “We need your full support. We recognise that you have a social corporate responsibility within our Territory, and we ask that you join forces with us to address gun violence in this Territory.”

18 Responses to “Our society has become ‘numb’ regarding gun violence- Perline R. Scatliffe-Leonard”

  • Yep (01/03/2023, 15:53) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Certain people with platforms doesn’t know to used it. The balance just following vs leading
  • Rubber Duck (01/03/2023, 16:30) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    We know the problem.

    What is your solution ?
  • Bedlem (01/03/2023, 16:33) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    I am not sure how I can trust somebody who was incapable of getting Water & Sewage to issue timely bills to be able to do anything about the gun crime or any of the other issues in the BVI
  • Strupes (01/03/2023, 17:07) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    Okay lady just leave us alone. We don’t want to hear from you. Have you ever publicly detested gun violence prior to running? Strupes.
    • @strupes (01/03/2023, 17:48) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      Thank you!!! They only want to talk about gun violence when they want your vote. Where were the protesters blocking roads to fignt against gun violence????? Nah, some people only have energy for the UK. Sick set of$#@@
  • E. Leonard (01/03/2023, 17:43) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    With progress, comes the good, the bad and the ugly. The VI must embrace the good and arrest the bad and ugly. The VI has undergone a transformative economic and social change since the roll out the ministerial system of government in 1967. It transitioned from a little sleepy hollow to having one of the highest standards of living, quality of life, and per capita income in the region. It takes a village to raise a child. African proverb. The economic and social transformation have impacted the way of life.

    The Village was part of the the VI culture. Nevertheless, the Village went the way like donkey, mule, and horse transport. The Village culture was replaced by the imported culture from advanced countries, ie, US, where gun violence reigns supreme, etc. Gun violence is becoming an integral part of VI culture, unnecessarily robbing of the VI of its most precious resource, treasure, ie, precious young men and women lives. A high cost—the next generation of leaders.

    Gun violence is emerging as part of the culture but turning things around is not insurmountable First, it will require a behavioral change. Parents, the community at large, churches, NGOs, social organizations, schools, law enforcement, Government, etc. must be fully engaged in the behavioral change. Secondly, the VI must invest heavily in securing its wide porous border, ie, land, sea, air. The VI does not have any gun factories so it must stem the flow of guns unto its shores. Thirdly, some policy changes may be needed to help stem the flow of and use of guns. It may need to look at other locales which have control of the gun issue and benchmark it, ie, Singapore, etc.
    • RealPol (02/03/2023, 10:58) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Indeed, a behavioral change is one tool in curing the gun violence epidemic. The question is who among our leaders has the stature to step up to lead the change. The behavioral change will be challenging, for the problem, the cuiture has evolve over several decades, generations in the making. It is not going to be solve just by waving a magic wand. Laws alone are not going to solve the problem, though policy changes are part of the solution. But invariably in addressing issues, there is a tendency enact laws and say voila there it is that is the solution. Politicians in addition to overpromising and underdelivering, they also tend to identify problems without solutions. Both go together. And voters must demand that they do.
  • Ne Timeas (01/03/2023, 20:04) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    True, behavioral change among the youth is a key means of altogether arresting gun violence or at least reducing it. The victims of gun violence are mostly the young. So it is imperative if they are steered in the right direction at an early age purpose many lives, our previous blood and treasure can be save, avoiding so many mothers have to bury their young children. The lost of young lives are a priceless cost to the BVI community. So the whole community must get engaged. It is not enough to say that today’s children are damn rude and have no respect or this is not how we behave in our day. Each of us must get engaged to stop the costly carnage and national tragedy.
  • island man (01/03/2023, 20:51) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Woman go sit down you dont have a history of being a problem solver. Instead of fixing Water and Sewerage, you left it in the worst shape ever. Only the people who never worked with you will vote for you.
  • Very quiet (01/03/2023, 21:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    That Christian community very quiet. Where is the voice of those false prophets like csc and that lady? If it was about politics you would've heard them loud and clear.
  • NICK (01/03/2023, 22:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Cheap talk from the outside and once these want to be political leaders get elected they just fall in line and the barking is over. Who fooling who!!!!!!!
  • pat (02/03/2023, 03:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Her campaign is weak I am so disappointed as we wanted Nate out but we have no other choice now but to stick with him
  • Hmmnn (02/03/2023, 07:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    that lady needs to go and sit her behind down. like, come on only now do you want to speak about gun violence??????? get a grip of your proud self. you live in that district pass everyone daily and don't self-sit on the blocks or anything. Please go and take a seat.
  • NPolitico (02/03/2023, 13:28) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pearline Scatliffe-Leonard, a candidate for D-7, has highlighted the gun violence menace, a critical , vexing issue for the BVI community. The gun violence menace, in addition to prematurely taking young precious lives, is affecting BVI residents quality of life, creating fear, uncomfortableness and panic in the community. If not arrested, it could markedly adversely impact the tourism industry, 1/2 of BVI economic twin pillars. Nevertheless, she did offer any concrete solutions. Fancy language is not a solution. At the end of the day, political aspirant cannot be just problem identifiers but firmly and quantitatively problem solvers.
    • vex (03/03/2023, 17:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      When you type "Pearline Scatliffe Leonard" and then use problem-solving in the same paragraph. How can you sleep at night? Honestly, she is usually the problem needing to be solved. Good luck with that.
      • NPolitico (05/03/2023, 08:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @Vex, What I said was a political aspirant cannot be just a problem identifier but also a problem solver.
  • Political Observer (PO) (05/03/2023, 14:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Many may view former Water & Sewage Director as not having an undistinguished tour at the department. Nonetheless, the underscoring of the gun violence in the BVI is on point.

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