Stop the New Year's Eve gunfire
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This is an open letter to Gov. John deJongh and V.I. Police Commissioner Henry White:
What is your plan to address this continuous discharging of firearms on New Year's Eve? Last year while I was inside my house, a bullet fell on my porch.
Gentlemen, this ain't no time to be gentle. What are we taxpaying and non-taxpaying citizens supposed to do? The people I am most concerned about are the children, babies and the elderly.
They say all good things must come to an end; I say it's time this bad thing comes to an end.
Why haven't there ever been any arrests on any New Year's Eve? Maybe if there were, it wouldn't have come to this. It's totally mind-blowing to witness the discharging of many types of weapons without any police response.
Where's the National Guard? We need some Homeland Security. Looks like "being prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law" doesn't apply on New Year's Eve. Why isn't the shot spotter being utilized?
In the community, there's a joke that on New Year's Eve the police go into an underground bunker, while the people they are paid to protect are left to fend for themselves. I wonder if that bunker has any room for the children and elderly.
What makes the discharging of firearms on New Year's Eve so wrong is that the murderer's paradise. Gov. deJongh and Commissioner White, I like to keep my secrets private, but I'll share this one with you: I've made a pledge to God and myself that if anything ever happens to my 5-year-old granddaughter, I ain't having it. To be honest with you, I kiss the ground she walks on. I am a young person, but on her behalf I'll look at it like I have already lived my life.
- Clinton Smith, St. Thomas