The killing fields

Dear Editor,

Communal pockets within New Providence have become literal killing fields.

Of course, homicides and other serious crimes occur throughout our otherwise wonderful nation but the vast majority of such crimes are concentrated here in New Providence. This is a sad indictment but one must be careful not to ascribe crimes and the causation of the same to any political party.

As a lifelong practitioner of the law and an actual protagonist within the criminal justice system, I have come to the inescapable conclusion that we as a people are breeding criminals from young ages.

Some adults go into food stores, for instance, and they and their children are seen eating fruits and other items without paying for them.

Others go into clothing stores using children as a distraction and shoplift selected goods.

Others are passengers in their parent’s vehicle when they go to visit their significant others, so the children, especially the boys, develop the two timing syndrome where it is normal to cheat and lie wherever necessary.

There was a time if one had a dispute with someone else they’d talk it over or take the matter to a court of law for reconciliation. Not so today.

The average person will “lick off” a shot at you or in your direction at the drop of a hat.

There are no simple quick fixes to crime. Commissioner Clayton Fernander and his newly installed team have no magic wand to “solve” crime overnight.

The collective church has the humanistic and spiritual possible solutions, but they are, in my view, too compromised themselves.

The overall result is a total disrespect for law and order.

Justice and equity, in my submission, have long been overthrown. We see rampant crime and gang related activity where almost everyone is killed.

I am not a blood thirsty person, but enough is enough.

The death penalty, which is still the law of The Bahamas, needs to be carried out after the completion of a homicide case and where the appellate process has been exhausted.

This “worst of the worst” is one of the stupidest opinions ever rendered by a court of competent jurists.

Possession of an unlicensed firearm should attract draconian sentences. Rape and indecent assault, especially of under-aged females and males, should attract a minimum of 10 years, with no possibility of parole.

Dubai, a favored country of this administration, just executed a man for having sexual intercourse with a five-year-old female girl.

Here at home, a man goes to jail for a few years, a slap on the wrist, and learned lawyers bemoan that the sentence was inordinate or too long!

The prime minister and the minister of national security are both at the top of the legal profession as learned Queen’s Counsel.

The opposition is hollering for the Davis administration to do more but while it was in office, the homicide rate was almost equal to what now obtains.

Who is fooling whom while ordinary Bahamians and innocent ones, inclusive of children are being slaughtered?

Does anyone recall the bogus and empty strident talk by the now former prime minister Dr. Hubert Minnis some years ago?

He said that he’d be the first man to “pop” their necks. 

Countless Bahamians have continued to be exposed to the killing fields.

An eye for an eye worked for God. Why will it not work for us?

Ortland H. Bodie, Jr.

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