If Only A Rising Tide Did Not Raise All Boats..

Despite the high per­cent­age of self-absorbed, self-impor­tant ingrates among the 2.8 mil­lion Jamaicans on the Island and even some in the dias­po­ra the high­ly imper­fect police force con­tin­ue to plod on amidst the lack of ade­quate and respectable pay, lack of respect, lack of equip­ment, lack of sup­port, and lack of appre­ci­a­tion.
Not to men­tion the Administrative and insti­tu­tion­al imped­i­ments erect­ed by suc­ces­sive admin­is­tra­tions of both polit­i­cal par­ties to thwart their efforts.

It’s impos­si­ble to say just how many lives have been saved even tem­porar­i­ly, a reprieve even, to live a lit­tle bit longer as a result of the lat­est rev­e­la­tions by the police on the num­ber of ille­gal guns and ammu­ni­tion they have removed from the streets since the start of the year.

Four hun­dred and forty-nine (449) guns and almost 8’000 rounds of ammu­ni­tion is noth­ing to scoff at.
It is enough guns and ammu­ni­tion to sup­ply a small army or sev­er­al mili­tias as in Jamaica’s case.
Even though most of the shoot­ers have no mil­i­tary train­ing, almost 8’000 rounds of ammu­ni­tion could eas­i­ly have result­ed in the deaths of hun­dreds more than the over 700 who have met their end since the start of the year.

Amidst the grand­stand­ing and pos­tur­ing, it is very impor­tant that Jamaicans whether at home or abroad, take a moment to step back from these num­bers and digest what they mean.

If at all you are a Jamaican and you would like to see the blood­shed stop, it is impor­tant to con­sid­er what the removal of these caches of guns and ammu­ni­tion mean.
Bravo to the police offi­cers and mem­bers of the mil­i­tary who back them up, for stand­ing up and plac­ing them­selves between mer­ci­less mili­ti­a­men and the good law abid­ing peo­ple deserv­ing of their sac­ri­fice.
Several of whom have already made the ulti­mate sac­ri­fice in ser­vice to an ingrate nation since the start of the year.

In a per­fect world, rain would fall only on the just. We live in an imper­fect world, so a ris­ing tide rais­es all boats.
The ingrates who should absolute­ly not ben­e­fit from your efforts actu­al­ly do ben­e­fit from your sac­ri­fice.
It’s sim­ply the way the world works.
Keep remov­ing the guns but bet­ter yet find ways to stop them com­ing in-in the first place. If the police could ever get to the point where it is able to fol­low the caches com­ing in and fol­low­ing the evi­dence where it leads I would be a very hap­py man.
Why?

The lying hus­tlers who run the coun­try would all be in jail.
Those unjust who received the rain they did not deserve, the boats which should not be ele­vat­ed by the ris­ing tide…
It would be well worth it to see those unjust dry up for want of rain, how good it would be to see those cer­tain boats sink as the tide raise only the deserv­ing boats.

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COPS SEIZE NEARLY 8’000 ROUNDS OF AMMO, 449 GUNS SINCE JANUARY

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police, through its com­mu­ni­ca­tion arm, the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), is report­ing that 449 guns and 7,899 rounds of ammu­ni­tion have been seized across the island since January 01.

According to sta­tis­tics released today, Area Four, which com­pris­es of Kingston Central, Kingston East, Kingston West, St Andrew Central and St Andrew South, led the tal­ly with 135 guns seized up to July 9.

They were close­ly trailed by Area One — Hanover, St James, Trelawny and Westmoreland — which account­ed for 28 per­cent (128) of the firearms seized.

Meanwhile, 51 per­cent (4015) of the assort­ed rounds of ammu­ni­tion seized for the peri­od was found in Area One with St James alone account­ing for 3,476 rounds of the ammu­ni­tion, the police said, adding that Area Four account­ed for 20 per­cent or 1,556 rounds.

Portland and St Mary had the least sig­nif­i­cant fig­ures for both firearm and ammu­ni­tion seizures with only three firearms seized in Portland and eight in St Mary for the review peri­od.
Both parish­es also record­ed remark­ably low fig­ures for ammu­ni­tion seizures with 21 and 39 rounds respec­tive­ly. http://​www​.jamaicaob​serv​er​.com/​l​a​t​e​s​t​n​e​w​s​/​C​o​p​s​_​s​e​i​z​e​_​n​e​a​r​l​y​_​8​0​0​0​_​r​o​u​n​d​s​_​o​f​_​a​m​m​o​,​_​4​4​9​_​g​u​n​s​_​s​i​n​c​e​_​J​a​n​u​a​r​y​?​p​r​o​f​i​l​e​=​1​228