Date: 16th June, 2017
Basseterre, ST KITTS (KYSS) — With the federation’s crime rate at an all time high and against the backdrop of the discovery of 17-year old Leanna Napoleon’s body, Prime Minister, Dr. Timothy Harris, on Thursday, sought to discredit the parliamentary opposition’s concerns about the Firearms Amendment Bill 2017.
The bill, which passed in the house by a unanimous vote, amended the penalty for firearm related offences from a maximum of 10 to a new maximum of 15-years.
While the opposition made it clear that they were in support of the amendment, they reminded the government of multiple scientific studies which prove that increased punishment for criminal acts does not result in an overall decrease in crime.
Ignoring the opposition’s scientifically-supported concerns, Prime Minister Harris implied that the opposition members were being disingenuous in their presentations.
He further implied that the opposition wished to see the country’s crime situation continue as is or even worsen.
Meanwhile, leader of the opposition, Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas, this week also offered condolences to the family of Leanna Napoleon.
Honourable Konris Maynard, parliamentary representative for constituency number 3 where Leanna’s body was found, in a tearful presentation, made a plea for the nation to emerge from beneath the scourge of criminal activity.