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.


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?


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.