“I want to make a point of objecting to them again. I refer here to the often use of gun graphics, often on the front pages of a certain newspaper in an attempt I assume to score some type of political advantage. It is not a very pleasant experience for Kittitians and Nevisians to pick up a newspaper and see the close-up of a barrel of a gun staring back at them,” Dr. Douglas pointed out.
Prime Minister Douglas went on to say, “This type of display does not help to create the type of stability that is needed for us to exist in this paradise Federation.”
The Prime Minister further noted, “It is also highly irresponsible in a time of global hardship for political ties for St. Kitts and Nevis to place on the front page of their newspaper a photograph of any cruise ship with any type of weapon in anyway pointed at or in a position to suggest a threat to that particular cruise ship.”
“Why?” Dr. Douglas questioned. “Because of any act that has the potential to sabotage our agricultural sector, would sabotage us all and just as any act that has the potential to sabotage the work of the security forces will do the same and so too will any act to sabotage and undermined the Tourism sector and all who is involved, so too will that affect us all the citizens of this country.”
The PM went as far as referring to the stabilization impact of violence on the regional and international scene as reference to his disagreement.
“Most importantly when the Caribbean and the World is aware of the stabilizing impact of violence it is essential that none of us do anything that will promote, normalize or visually heighten in any way, the role of weapons in our society,” Dr. Douglas emphasized.