Imagine being ravenously hungry yet you are close to an Ocean filled with fish but you have nothing with which to catch the fish. No net, no hook, no device or material one could use to create a snare.
Chances are you could die from hunger right there, or you can flail away if you are able to swim and hope to catch something to satisfy the hunger.
Until of course the hunger pangs begin to gnaw at your gut again.
How about being thirsty at an Oasis and you have to cross the desert, you can drink all you want from the brook but you have no container to carry any of the lifegiving liquid with you?
Oh, by the way, you can’t tarry too long by the brook because there are some thirsty travelers who will be coming soon to refresh themselves and they are carnivores.
Difficult decisions and near impossible task if you have nothing with which to carry the water right?
Now that I have gotten your attention, I would like you to think about those two metaphors as it relates to the scourge of violent crimes in our country.
The moral of my contention is that if you do not have the tools it is almost difficult to complete a task, no matter how simple or urgent the need.
The average law-abiding Jamaican living in the Zones Of Special Operations and subjected to the limited State of Emergency would like to see those initiatives continue.
Of course, those zones of operations, or (ZOSO’s), as they are affectionately known, (we Jamaicans are enamored with acronyms) requires plenty of human resources and money.
ZOSO’s and the State of Emergency are a great strain on the officers who make them possible. A fact which eludes both the planners and the residents who are rightly clamoring for some respite from the daily bloodletting.
Now as you all know there is one little problem with ZOSO’s and the Limited State of Emergency declared in specific areas.
They cannot go on forever because they strain constitutional limits in some cases and exhaust financial and human resources in others.
Additionally, when those measures are instituted in specific areas the producers of violence simply move to other areas and we end up inexorably looking like we are in a whack-a-mole situation which does no good.
Since pulling up ZOSO’s and getting approval for instituting a State of Emergency takes time, and since there are people in positions of power who value the letter of the archaic constitution over the lives of our citizens, it is clear that we have to find other ways to deal with this crisis of violent crimes.
There is no silver bullet with which to eliminate violent crimes from our midst. Dealing effectively with crime will have to be approached methodically and strategically.
There is no scenario in which placing huge amounts of security personnel in specific locations will effectively reduce crime for the long term, even if we could afford it.
Which brings us to some actual solutions which the governing party is too timid to effectuate and the political opposition is too complicit in its associations with criminals and their lobbies to support.
This is not to say that the governing party does not have members who are knee deep in criminal complicity and collusion as well.
Since it is clear that the solution to this problem is not adding more police,(even though more police officers does not hurt), and since it is clear that placing huge amounts of resources in one area results in a conflagration of violent crimes in
Reading through this site will provide plenty of solutions for addressing our country’s crime dilemma.
The problem is that one party is too scared to use them and the other is too complicit to support real and meaningful crime reduction initiatives.
The Jamaican people are crying out for leadership, that much we know. It is not as if Jamaicans cannot abide by rules or laws when those rules and or laws are followed up with strong consequences for breaking them.
The hundreds of thousands, (millions perhaps) of Jamaicans living in the diaspora follow rules. When they decide to not, they pay the price.
Jamaicans at home do the things they do because they are allowed to do them.
Steve McGregor an Assistant Commissioner of police spoke to a group at a Stonebrook Vista returning residents’ meeting in Falmouth, Trelawny, last Sunday.
McGregor noted: “We have to drive some fear into these youngsters, who are responsible for 95 percent of the murders. This is so because, at this time, we have the worst set of parents ever in Jamaica.”
“Older parents were less educated, but they paid attention to youngsters of the day. Older people have to become involved to keep the youngsters on the right track.”
That fear of which he speaks must be fear of the consequences of breaking the laws.
The legislation the lawmakers propose focuses on the protection of criminals rather than focusing on the pain of their victims.
Legislations are held up to get the input of the very people the laws would bring to heel.
This is the dystopian hell in which law-abiding people find themselves.
The rights of killers trumps their basic right to life and the ability to live their lives in peace.
Both political parties have been willing and continual enablers of this tragic position in which the country finds itself.
Every day the crisis deepens because both political parties are beholden to overly influential lobbies which are hampering effective policing of the nation.
No country in western Europe or North America let alone in other regions of the world allow rights lobby to dictate to them how they secure their populations.
Jamaica is the only country I know of which fashions its laws in accordance with the wishes of those who advocate for criminals instead of with the interest of the innocent law abiding population front and center.
Those who break the laws know they have the law abiding people by the balls and over a barrel.
Their political representatives are either criminals themselves or are beholden to the criminal lobby.
Either way, the people are .….….I won’t say it.
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