PM calls for surrendering of illegal firearms

Illegal firearm holders in Dominica are being urged to turn in their firearms to the police. The call came from Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit who was speaking during a press conference on Monday. Dominica has recorded 12 homicides so far for 2023, most are as a result of the use of firearms.

“The police are taking a zero tolerance to these things and I want to urge people who have illegal firearms to make a way in getting it to the police,” he said. “The police can facilitate you in getting it to them.”

According to him, the police have been working with some groups to get the illegal firearms off the streets.

“I have said to many people that when you have a firearm you always run the risk of using it and when you sell it you will be selling it to someone who will come back and kill you, or kill your mother, or kill your brother,” Skerrit remarked. “And so, the possession and the trading of firearms is not for a country like Dominica. It is too small for this.”

His advice for the public is to resolve issues through legal means and not through the use of firearms. Meanwhile, he revealed that the United States government has made some movements in responding to Dominica’s concerns about the number of firearms coming into the region.

“What we have done on the government standpoint to mitigate against is to put systems at the port of entry and we expended significant funds in putting these scanners at the ports of entry, so as to identify those firearms that are coming in,” Skerrit explained.

He continued, “Obviously people find other means of getting these firearms on the streets in Dominica.”

Skerrit believes it is incumbent upon everyone in the country to play their part with respect to the presence and prevalence of firearms on the streets.

“Crime is a societal problem and all of us must play our part,” he noted.

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  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    September 22, 2023

    He is now a copy-cat, he here in America, police sometimes asks people to turn in their firearm, illegal or purchased legal: “no question asks; ” they offer cash” to anyone who return their guns.
    So, he want to be first in the Caribbean to ask people to turn guns in without compensation. Roosevelt perhaps if you made that suggestion when you had your dimples, they might listen to you. Nevertheless, people are prepared for war in Dominica.

    Your dunce silly wife Melisa, boast how you all have Navy Seals in Dominica ready to kill, hence you are trying to render the nation defenseless!
    Melisa, is so damn dunce she does not understand the term “Navy Seals” how can you have Navy Seals, a special operation force of the United States military in Dominica, where you do not have a military navy?
    When you and Melisa, set your Chines Seals on the people, their guns are to defend against them, when they are talking Dominica by force after you allow them to build their Base in the…

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    • Mark
      September 22, 2023

      Horrible piece Francisco. One should refrain from advocating violence and this is exactly the message you’re sending by writing the stuff you wrote in your post. There are a lot of vulnerable people out there who may just take you seriously about the Chinese crap that you wrote so knock it off. Nobody is taking over Dominica and you know it so quit writing this rubbish. You’re more intelligent than that.
      You do not live on island therefore if you don’t have anything positive to contribute to the weapons buy back program which you yourself have indicated is used in US cities and may I add successfully, the least you should do is say nothing.
      Crime is no respector of persons therefore we should all play our part in combatting crime.

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      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        September 25, 2023

        Mark, sometimes the only language some people, especially, dictators; and thieves in Government understands is violence!

        We have a situation where the wife of Roosevelt Skerrit Melisa; made it publicly and abundantly clear that “they ” and I assume she meant the government has “Navy Seals, and snipers in Dominica!

        If that is true; what’s their purpose?
        Here is the purpose they serve in the American military: “Among the Seals’ main functions are conducting small-unit special operation missions in maritime, jungle, urban, arctic, mountainous, and desert environments.
        seals are typically ordered to capture or kill high level targets, or to gather intelligence behind enemy lines.”

        We saw a successful operation; when they took the terrorist bin Laden out; he was in his bed with his wife’s, and Children, they killed him. Snipers do the same thing! Our people have to be prepared, they must be armed to counter, be it the Chines, or the goons Roosevelt had trained in…

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      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        September 25, 2023

        Mark, when natives and citizens of a country have become second class to a few foreign Chines in the place of their birth, it is time to take that seriously!

        I was born in Wesley; as far as I am aware; Wesley no longer belong to those of us who are born there. Can you imagine these Chines are stepping on my people, and they are powerless to do anything about the disrespect the Chines throws in their face; and the taking over of our choice land?

        A certain generation, born there; many of us are living in the diaspora, many are dead, so gone are the days; we are not there to deal with the foreign trampling and takeover of our village; and if the things that I write will give courage to others to stand and fight for their rights, and dignity; so be it!
        Call it what you wish, but it’s be a good thing I am not in Wesley, because whether you want to here it or not; no China man or a China god, could step on me disrespect me in anyway and live!
        Don’t let fear be you guide.

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        • Mark
          September 25, 2023

          Francisco, two quick points to consider.
          1) Has anyone seen any of those navy seals and snipers on island? The answer is no because they don’t exist. This was simply loose talk (BS) by a government official and you probably know it.

          2) There are a handful of Chinese, mainly infrastructure workers on island and we feel so threatened by their presence. Why? Francisco, I will begin to worry when I see an influx of FAMILIES coming in. Until then, there is no reason to worry. No one is taking over.
          Relax and stop sweating about a few foreigners on island. It’s not worth it.

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          • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
            September 27, 2023

            Mark, if everybody in Los Angeles, or let me get closer to my house: if my nearest neighbors calls me a thief, or a liar, and you heard them all say I am. Chances are you might not believe not one of them.

            Nevertheless, if me wife, and children stands in my house court, and said my husband, and children said my father is a thief!

            And me wife scream my husband is a thief; that would be so believable, honest, and innocent as I could be; it wold be practically impossible for me to deny I am a damn thief. The probability of anyone taking my word that I am not a thief would be zero to nil!
            We know that Melisa is a dunce, one with absolutely no educational background, perhaps she can’t even read or write properly: nevertheless, she is the wife of Dominica’s prime minister; whereas she made the claim that they have Navy Seals, and Snipers in the country, we must take her words to be true, and take them very seriously, and be prepared; to counter terror!

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          • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
            September 27, 2023

            Well, if you do not believe me think of it this way!
            If as you said there are only a few Chines workers in Dominica; asks yourself why, do the Chines need to have one one if not the largest embassy outside of China, in Dominica.
            Asks yourself, why their Embassy has an eight feet wall electric fence sundering it with prepped with more than eight (800V) hundred volts of electricity in it.
            Asks yourself as I was informed there are more than seven hundred Chines in that building.
            Watch this!
            Embassies are an important part of foreign relations; they serve as a contact point between the visiting and host nation, and countries can reach resolutions to problems ranging from trade tariffs to political tensions before they escalate, embassies and their branches, called consulates, are necessary for both routine administration and emergency situations. They can help citizens of the foreign country with traveling to, or become citizens of the country the embassy represents Usually. Relate…

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          • Robinson
            October 4, 2023

            Not yet, Mark. That’s why the walls in Morne Daniel are so high. Nothing is left to chance.

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      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        September 25, 2023

        Mark: Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 [b] – July 4, 1826) was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, philosopher, and Founding Father who served as the third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809 said!
        ” What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it liberties if their rulers are not warned from time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?

        Let them take arms.

        The remedy is to set them right to facts, pardon and pacify them. what signify a few lives lost in a century or two. The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.(Thomas Jefferson 1787).

        Food for thoughts Mark!

        No need to asks why America is the strongest democratic and wealthiest nation on the planet!

  2. Iamanidiot
    September 21, 2023

    Why allu doe go and get them from the Navy Seals and Snippers? allu know where they are

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  3. Bwa-Banday
    September 20, 2023

    It troubles me when the SOS makes these comments with a straight face. This man is a psycho! He and his manicou gang know exactly who has the most illegal firearms in Dca. Yes its the Roseau based DLP Navy Seals and Snipers that are getting out of control. You all have lost control of your civilian militia so here you come talking in parables.

    Tell Carbon and his Special Branch/ Intelligence Units that the courts have not stopped issuing search warrants so do their jobs and dismantle those rouges and vagabonds commissioned by Molly the Boowick as her personal militia. STOP the hypocracy and madness Skerro.

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  4. Lady
    September 20, 2023

    Bring yours in first, all yours

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  5. MEME
    September 20, 2023

    Who hailed up her snipers, navy seals and soldiers…..????????????????
    Does the person have to make a special appeal to those gun men to bring in their weapons as well Mr Chi-Chi???????
    Can one see the calamity, mess, saloptay, koshonee that Skerrit has the country in?
    This is the man who run things in Dominica!

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  6. Bad boy
    September 20, 2023

    PM, I agree to surrender my illegal firearm but only if the illegal PM resigns from office

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    • TeteMorne I From
      September 21, 2023

      LOL. Good one. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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      • Just A Thought
        September 23, 2023

        @TMIF, You may not recognize your village when you come back. They probably have already set up a small precinct up there or they need to, in order to free the people from the renegade young stupid gun-slinger idiots of Montine. In 6 months they’d collect a serious amount of guns.

  7. Imputing Improper Motives
    September 20, 2023

    The most prolific illegal weapon that should be surrendered is his son in hiding in a foreign land. No matter how much money that was spent, as if in Dominica, money can heal every social ill, there is a mother grieving for her child. There are children who will forever be without a father.

    He should surrender!!!

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    • I Still Red
      September 21, 2023

      But Skerrit himself is an illegal pM which really is the root cause of all illegalities on island today. In fact in his illegal state he went on to No law or constitution could prevent him from being nominated as a known illegal leader. So unless this man surrenders Dominicans should not surrender any illegal firearms. In fact those who don’t have should get one for that big day and after mission is accomplished and we have a democracy is restored then surrender all. But as long as the evil illegal leader remains in office no one should surrender their firearms . I still red though not the Skerrit and Savarin type of red

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    • My life take
      September 21, 2023

      Are you serious man. How sad. You see the mess Dominica is in with Roosevelt Skerrit as PM?
      Skerrit should use his influence plus knowledge of the whereabouts of his son and ask him to surrender himself
      In fact Skerrit should ask his police commissioner how on earth a person could be involved in an accident with another person which resulted in the death of the bicker and the driver was not taken into custody for questioning? In fact up to now the police has failed to tell us the registration number of the vehicle Skerrit son was driving which now leads me to wonder if the ……. assisted the prime minister’s son to run out of Dominica? In fact I am now wondering if it was an accidental death or deliberate.
      Man in a real country the prime minister would be under pressure just as president Joe Biden is under pressure for a crime that didn’t involve taking a life. I say so because the PM has not fired his commissioner or any member of the police force. You talk about ilegatity

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    • Iamanidiot
      September 21, 2023

      The mother ok, you hearing her talking? she quiet nuh true. Doe take people happiness and make your sorry

  8. derp
    September 20, 2023

    This is hilarious while I do not condone illegal firearms you think people are going to give up their illegally obtained firearms when you all make it so hard to obtain legal firearms

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  9. MEME
    September 20, 2023

    This kind of message from the “Minister of Everything” is still unclear. Is this an amnesty? If yes, what is the time frame? From what date until….? What happens afterwards? Will the punishment be more severe?
    This Starboy of Stupidity needs to be clearer based on what i read.Why can’t he allow someone with better communication skills pass on that message. This guy seem to be at war with the english language…….Remember Chi-Chi said he run things in Dominica, leadership is everything; so the prevalence of illegal guns on our streets is 100% attributable to him. HE IS THE CAUSE!!!

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  10. John Jay
    September 20, 2023

    Mr. PM while it true. why don’t you put an amnesty period in place, so that the illegal holders can surrender the weapons.

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    • Ibo France
      September 20, 2023

      This gun amnesty has been tried in many other countries even with the incentive of money to the illegal gun owners. It has never worked.

      There needs to be a practical strategic plan on crime if we are to realise the huge reduction we hope for.

  11. Whata laugh
    September 20, 2023

    Big Choops. Why don’t you send your soldiers out to collect them? They know where most of these illegal firearms are and some of them “soldiers” have illegal pow pow 💥 you think they will bring them in? Is joke you joking.

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  12. Ibo France
    September 20, 2023

    Appealing to these hardened criminals to give up their guns is not merely enough. Guns to these gangbangers are like shovels to a construction worker. There must be a detailed and workable plan to get these instruments of death out of the possession of these assassins.

    Rise to the challenge for once, Roosevelt. Hard work and not talk will get it done. There is a need for a well trained and adequately resourced constabulary. Improved crime detection, better protection of the crime scene, better intelligence gathering, plugging the porous border, greater police presence on the streets especially in hot spot areas, swift justice should be given serious consideration.

    Hard work breeds success not just standing in front of a microphone mouthing words.

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  13. Jonathan Y St Jean
    September 20, 2023

    I hope he spoke to his wife, Melissa about that too. She boasted of having navy seals and defense personnel. A bunch of thugs. But why has it taken the “I’m-the-people” leader so long to call for the surrender of illegal firearms. There have been reported cases of illegal guns and ammunition in barrels, containers and what have you, much less those coming through the back door. Where was he when the mounting number of incidents were reported? He even endorsed the back door instead of aggressively working to shut it closed. As well what about the minister of national security?. Is it because the cabal feels that their tonton makoot has sufficient fire power that it is now calling for surrender of illegal firearms? The horse has already bolted from the stable so it would have been better to run things by the rule of law and good governance. Dominica is a junior Haiti in the making and people won’t forget who hatched the egg that gave that result. On to the next level.

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  14. Zandoli
    September 20, 2023

    People who make it this business to acquire illegal firearms will not walk into a police station and hand them over. The police needs to do a better job on intelligence to seek out these people and confiscated those firearms.

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