Barbados Parliament – Leave Your Cigarettes But Bring Your Gun: Is That It?
The No Smoking ban came into force yesterday, October 1, 2010 and it is now illegal to smoke in public places like Parliament. What strikes me as absolutely amazing is that whereas cigarettes are now banned from Parliament – guns/firearms are still not. Apparently cigarette smoke is considered more lethal than the smoke from a firearm.
Some time has passed since the matter of the gun incident went before the Committee of Privilege but to date nothing further has been heard. It would appear that this so-called government of accountability, which promised freedom of information – seems to think that we do not remember the gun issue in Parliament or that the DLP promised a zero tolerance policy on crime in its 1999 manifesto.
In recent days, there have been quite a number of crimes which have been committed with firearm and we wait to see what punishment those persons will get. In the mean time, the Committee of Privilege of Parliament must not give those criminals cause to feel that they are being discriminated against. Those criminals would be right in thinking that all persons who brandish a firearm should get a fair hearing but equal punishment.
Failing that would be a recipe for anarchy and mob rule. It still seems hilarious to see a no-smoking sign on the walls of Parliament but no “no-firearms,” sign!