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We should side with law and order

Dear Editor,

May is proving to be a bloody month due to the rash of fatal shootings in New Providence and in Bimini, with reports of yet another murder on that northern island, which appears, from preliminary reports, to be gang-related. We were trending in the right direction before this month, yet it would appear that the criminal element is determined to turn The Bahamas into another war zone like Johannesburg, South Africa, come hell or high water.

We are now in the fifth month of 2019 with 32 murders being recorded – an average of six per month. Since 2000, there have been over 1,600 murders committed in The Bahamas. We are simply reaping what we had sowed during the drug trafficking years in the 1980s when our illicit cargoes went into the U.S. and destroyed the lives of many American cocaine addicts. The lives of these Americans were of very little concern to us, as many Bahamians were rolling in money. There’s a saying that the wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine. We are currently witnessing this.

As the late American civil rights leader Malcolm X thoughtlessly remarked after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963, the chickens have come home to roost. We are reaching the breaking point where the Free National Movement administration and the opposition Progressive Liberal Party may have to work as a tandem in calling for the implementation of martial law in Nassau, with the assistance of the U.S. military. Parents of many of these hardened malefactors failed to bend them while they were young. The only recourse now is for the state to break them.

When I was three years old, I was taught to fear God and the government. I have never raised my voice at police officers. I revere them as ministers of God to keep law and order. Where this country has gone wrong is the wholesale abandonment of Sunday school by so many Bahamians. I grew up in Sunday school where biblical principles were instilled in me. It was in Sunday school and vacation Bible school where I learned to value human life and to respect other human beings.

A cursory examination of the majority of these career criminals would reveal that many of them didn’t attend Sunday school. The Old Testament Book of Proverbs says to train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Something is terribly wrong in this country when we have young Bahamians on Facebook commiserating with the three fallen suspects who reportedly opened fire on police officers in the Blair Estates community last week, while at the same time expressing outrage and hatred at the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) and its hardworking officers who hazard their lives each day in protecting us. Had it been the officers who were killed, you wouldn’t have heard a peep from these people.

These people seem to be more concerned about the welfare of alleged criminals than for the safety of our police officers and the general public. No consideration is given to police officers and other first responders who witness on a daily basis the carnage in Nassau.

Where was this moral outrage when an eight-month-old baby was shot to death in the Bain and Grants Town community in August 2017 by the ruthless criminal element these Bahamians are feeling sympathy for? I can only imagine how traumatizing this tragic incident must have been for the officers at the scene.

Why didn’t these people raise hell when an eight-year-old child was shot to death in Nassau in September 2017 while doing his homework? Where was this outrage when a young Grand Bahama woman was gang raped and murdered? Amoral individuals such as these people who are anti-police would be the very ones to record a violent assault or murder for Facebook in order to get likes and its attendant 15 minutes of fame. Clearly their anger at the RBPF is misdirected.

I want Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson and his team of dedicated officers to know that the overwhelming majority of Bahamians support them in their fight for the very survival of the soul of The Bahamas, which is being ruthlessly targeted by these callous miscreants, who would appear to be on a mission to destroy this great nation.

– Kevin Evans

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