The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party is deeply concerned about the spike in gun violence that has claimed the lives of six young men over the space of just 5 days. So far for 2019, seven young lives full of potential that are lost to our nation forever. This is a trend that must stop now. The people of St. Kitts and Nevis are tired of burying our precious sons. With each death, we are draining the country of its most valuable resource, our young people, whose talent, creativity, ideas and vast potential are desperately needed for our nation to be able survive and thrive into the future.
The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party is once again appealing to the misguided minority of educated and talented youth who are choosing to apply their skills and creativity to criminal behaviour. We ask you to pause and take a moment to reflect on the deleterious impact that your actions would have on your life, the lives of your children and families, your community and your nation. It is time to change the narrative. It is time to transform the hopeless, pain and despair that crime and criminality breathe into our communities, into positivity, love and light. This is a goal that is not beyond our reach as a nation, it is simply a choice we have to make, in the same way that picking up a gun to take the life of someone is a choice. We in the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party are asking our young people, to choose Life.
For the last four years, the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party has been calling for all stakeholders in our society to come together to address the multi-dimensional aspects of violent crime and criminality. We all share a responsibility towards creating positive alternatives for our youth to occupy themselves with. We recognize that a failing economy that has led to an increase in joblessness and underemployment is part of the problem. We recognize that the lack of a holistic and comprehensive strategy on crime fighting and crime prevention is part of the problem. We recognize that the crisis of leadership taking place in our national security apparatus is part of the problem. It is our pledge that a new Labour administration will live up to its responsibilities to our youth and address the root causes behind the fatalistic decisions that are being made by a misguided few.
The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party wishes to extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of Jelani Liburd; Musa “Ziggy” Warner; Shakeem Stevens; Eric “Jun Jun” Thompson; Vere Amory and Joel “Booyaka” Phillip and Gavin Rogers. We mourn with you. Our nation mourns with you.