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THE EDITOR, Madam:

National holidays are many and frequent in Jamaica. We have New Year’s Day, Christmas, Easter, Boxing Day, Ash Wednesday, Labour Day, Emancipation Day, Independence Day, Heroes Day, etc. We are fortunate with holidays.

Therefore, for the first time, let us close down the country, for one day, from all activities, and make it a day of prayer and fasting to God, the supernatural power-holder. And our slogan should be: “We will not roll over and play dead to gunrunners; we shall bring down this gun trade!” This should be our focus to God in prayer.

We have heard, time and time again, that there is a gun trade in Jamaica, and that it’s a moneymaking thing – a powerful and wretched bargain that is crippling our society. This successful gun trade has been wreaking havoc in our nation for too long, sending thousands of people to their graves before their time. What a calamity! My God!

If I am not mistaken, I have heard the prime minister, the leader of the Opposition, the governor general, the commissioner of police, the minister of national security, members of Parliament and other delegates make public speeches many times, but they have never spoken directly about the gun trade and the gunrunners.

The gun trade is the heart of the matter, so talk about it and not only about crime strategies and states of emergency. Deal with the gun trade.

DONALD J. MCKOY

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