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PLP names team to probe causes of gun violence

Shadow Public Safety Minister Michael Scott has unveiled a task group to tackle crime and gang violence.

He said the three-man team will investigate the causes behind recent shootings, examine the psychology of offenders and draw up preventive measures.

And the group will also study “existing data and information from various sources” to identify how guns and ammunition are smuggled into the Island.

“In the immediate aftermath of the shooting deaths in our Island, I announced as Shadow Public Safety Minister my intention to form a task group of willing and able persons,” Mr Scott said.

He said the eventual aim of the group was to make recommendations to Opposition leader Marc Bean on how the Island can come together to stop shootings and cut off the supply of guns.

“Key to our work will be direction and guidance from the public, law enforcement and the courts and persons in communities where the impact of violence is or has been prevalent,” he said.

The group is made up of Pembroke East Central MP Michael Weeks, former Police Superintendent Larry Smith, and Christopher Webson, who holds a degree in Psychology.

(Photo by Akil Simmons) Task Group, from left: MP Michael Weeks, Christopher Webson, Shadow Public Security Minister Michael Scott and Larry Smith.

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Published October 10, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 10, 2013 at 1:39 am)

PLP names team to probe causes of gun violence

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