16 May 2018

Former Premier Concerned With Upturn In Violent Incidents

In spite of the commitment, dedication and progress of successive governments in dealing with gun violence, in tandem with many community groups, it is most concerning to learn of a reported incident of gunshots last night in Hamilton and on the back of recent incidents in our streets.

The island is now at the start of what is predicted to be a busy tourism season by air and sea. Meanwhile we continue to work hard to promote Bermuda around the world as a place to visit and do business. Shocking incidents like this, and any gun violence, have the potential to harm all the hard work and impact in a negative way every Bermudian.

We must not become immune to the potential impact on all of us. 

We must continue to stand up and push back against those few whose acts of violence effect all of us.

As the Shadow Minister of National Security I have this morning reached out to some of those impacted by this incident to express our support to them after this terrifying experience. 

It has been said before, but it should be repeated over and over again, that we are all in this together. 

The Bermuda Police Service and all the community partners currently involved can not do it by themselves.If you saw something then say something and, if you know something, then say something. Crime Stoppers is another confidential way to provide information. In addition social media is a very powerful; capturing images that can be very useful in many cases of violence or lawbreaking. I urge anyone who might have information to push fear aside and step forward to help resolve this or any other matter and play a part in making Bermuda a better place!

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