Minister of Justice, Lyndon C.J Lewis Addresses Increase in Gun Violence

July 8, 2024 6:29 pm

The Honorable Minister of Justice and Minister of Education, Youth, Culture, and Sport has issued a statement addressing the recent increase in gun violence on the island. This follows a series of troubling incidents that have raised concerns within the community.

"The KPSM has begun their investigation into the recent surge in gun violence," said Minister Lewis. "To the victims, I offer my strength and prayers to you and your family, and I wish you a speedy recovery. In some recent cases, others have succumbed to their injuries, and to their loved ones, I extend my deepest sympathies during this time of grief."

Minister Lewis acknowledged the distress and concern these events have caused among the residents of Sint Maarten and emphasized the importance of community safety. "As your Minister, the safety and security of our community continue to be my top priority. Sint Maarten has always prided itself on being a safe community for all. It is my duty to ensure that safety continues for our children and our children's children."

In a direct message to those involved in the violence, Minister Lewis urged, "As Minister of Justice, I condemn gun violence. You are not only destroying your life but also the lives of others, our community, and the bread and butter of our economy—our tourism industry. I urge you to think before you act, as you will face prosecution to the full extent of the law."

Minister Lewis also addressed the broader community, acknowledging the need for swift action and the ongoing efforts to bring those responsible to justice. "We understand the urgency and the need for swift action. The relevant bodies are continuing their investigation to bring those involved to justice. However, while we pursue justice, we must also remember the values that define us. Let us not be consumed by hatred or fear. Instead, let us find strength in our unity and compassion."

In conclusion, Minister Lewis called for community vigilance and support for law enforcement. "I call upon each one of you to remain vigilant and to support our law enforcement agencies in their investigation. Justice will be served. We will not rest until those responsible are held accountable. And together, we will heal and move forward."​