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Blair has failed gun victims

by Cheryl Sealey
22/2/2007

ON THE DAY Tony Blair holds an anti-gun summit Cheryl Sealey, who supports the victims of gun crime, says the government has failed our communities.

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It was after the shooting of Billy Cox in Clapham North on Wednesday that a devastating realisation dawned upon me, that young people are now being shot in the sanctuary of their own homes by other young people, and as a result of this a new day has dawned.

A day when children are no longer safe in their own homes. Central government has failed our communities so much that guns are more readily available than ever before and have become the weapons of Mass Destruction in our communities.

I have worked in the area of gun crime for around fifteen years and so for me nothing is new apart from young people being shot in their homes which should be the safest place for them.

Gun crime has been an issue in our communities for a very long time and I have worked closely with families who have been affected by this particular disease for many years. The way this disease has mutated overwhelmingly
 
I see and hear many people engaging in a blame culture at the moment, children blaming parents, parents blaming children, absent fathers, mothers for not allowing fathers to have access to children and in the midst of this the real culprits are going unnoticed.

Apart from moral values central government have control over all pressing issues.

Central Government taking the step to send out armed officers to patrol the streets of South London is too little too late the horse has already bolted.

This is not what we’ve asked for, in fact we are bemused as to who were consulted for this particular action to be taken. Some more visible police presence was necessary I believe, but this is just one of a million issues that need immediate attention.

I was advised that one of the young men apprehended was one of those involved in the Mc Donald’s shooting in Brixton if that is the case I beg to question what was he doing on bail anyway.

What communities truly want is for officers to be deployed to DEAL WITH THE SOURCES OF THESE CRIMES and the root caused to be addressed. Look into the gun factories that produce these WMD’s, police the ports which allow the guns to come into the country as increasingly the guns are coming from abroad they are not manufactured in mainland Britain.

Target the shops that sell replica guns that are easily converted to harm or kill. These shops sell the guns legally and as soon as the buyer steps outside the shop they are liable for arrest for carry an illegal weapon in public- why are they allowed to be sold in the first place?

These shops are there should be more surveillance and not peoples homes, this is a poor excuse to infringe in people’s basic human rights. 

Two men at the centre of the largest gun conversion racket ever uncovered by the Metropolitan Police were convicted at the Old Baily. They supplied guns to the criminal fraternity, used to either kidnap, threaten, frighten people or simply to shoot people.

The court heard that hundreds of replica guns, blank firing pistols and air guns legitimately bought and converted to lethal weapons were sold on to criminals.

Pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to manufacture, sell and transfer more than 400 firearms they are currently serving nine-year jail sentences. Sounds like a slap on the wrist to me, this is unacceptable, and a part of the problem

David Cameron blames parents, but I would ask, what is being done to help parents who are trapped in layers of poverty that engulf us, he should examine how we got to this position in the first place. The long-term unemployed, the dispossessed?

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