Mothers are being told to alert the police if they suspect their sons are in possession of guns or if they are involved in criminal activity.
President of the BVI Christian Council, Bishop John Cline made the call today, amid an upsurge in gun-related crimes in the territory.
According to the clergyman, getting the crime problem resolved is a collective effort.
“We need to pull our heads together and do as much as we can to restore our core values, decide what we want the BVI to be, to look like, to function like from a social, moral, spiritual and governmental standpoint,” he told BVI News.
Turn your children in
Cline said a number of law-abiding family members are aware of the nefarious activities their relatives are involved in.
“We want to rely on our sisters, mothers, and brothers who have to come to the realization that your son, your brother, your siblings might end up dead if you don’t stop and turn them in.”
“So, report the crimes and you are going to have to turn some of your children in. Call the police and say ‘my son has a gun, or suspicious things’, whether it’s money, drugs.”
Don’t be afraid
He further urged the community leaders to reach out to young men who appear to have ‘lost their way’.
“We need to not be afraid to meet with the young men that feel like they have no other way to resolve conflict than through gun violence,” Bishop Cline said.
“This weight is more on the community at large than on government or law enforcement. Because we don’t want a whole lot of law enforcement.We don’t want a police state. We want peace and safety,” he reasoned.
I am my brother’s keeper
Meanwhile, President of the Mentoring Anointed Leaders Everywhere (MALE) group, Henderson Tittle said a programme geared towards assisting young men across all communities in the BVI is now in the pipeline.
He said the programme is called ‘I Am My Brother’s Keeper’ and will be rolled out by April.
“We are very much concerned because some of the young men who passed away who was shot: their brothers and friends are part of the MALE programme. So it affects us also. We are hurting as much as everyone else,” he said.
He took the opportunity to make an appeal to the young men to find alternative ways of resolving a conflict.
“I know we are going to offend each other at times. But we can settle our differences another way. An eye for an eye leaves everybody blind. And it’s time for us to start to come together. The revenge, the fight, the hatred for each other; we need to find a common ground where we can settle our disputes instead of using the gun.”
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