Monday, May 24, 2010

Unpossible In The Carribean

Jamaica has had a near-total civilian gun ban since 1974. Possession of even a single round can result in a lifetime in prison. The laws are harsh and rigidly enforced.

Here's how well they work. A story datelined today: Gunfire, Fire Bombs In Barricaded Slum. The headline is, if anything, an understatement. It's an AP (spit) piece, so I shan't quote from it; worth reading, despite the source. You can track the history back and it's the same story, over and over: Dave Kopel, a decade ago; the reminiscences of a daughter of privilege, from around the start of the ban. --It's the same story, that is, except it's worse every time.

At the bottom of a hole, Jamaica just keeps digging.

5 comments:

Brigid said...

The violent crime rate there is horrendous. Sexual attacks robberies. Tourists are usually advised not to leave the hotel area.

Some vacation that would be.

Nathan said...

I just don't get it! If we take away all the guns from law-abiding people, where are these outlaws getting their guns???? Mayor Daley should be run out of office!

Wait, what? This isn't Chicago?

/sarcasm

MOBro said...

People are a LOT more controlled by their sub-conscious mind than was previously thought. Once they get a mind-set on something, that mind-set literally only allows them to see what will enforce what they want to believe.
The Gov. is afraid of people with guns, and fear is triggered by sub-conscious thoughts, so... you know the rest of the story.

Timmeehh said...

The murder rate in Jamaica is 7 times higher than the USA!

reflectoscope said...

That isn't a vacation, that is a vaguely pleasant, expensive prison stay. Never mind the misery of flying there.

Jim