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Senator calls for 12 months of mourning for shooting victims

Senator calls for 12 months of mourning for shooting victims

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Opposition Senator Lambert Brown on Friday morning proposed 12 months of national mourning for shooting victims. 

Brown, who was speaking in the Senate, juxtaposed the proposed grief period with the 12 days of mourning declared following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. 

His comment comes as the Senate seeks to wrap up debate on the Firearms Act. 

Brown said that it is fitting that the first legislation to be passed in King Charles III's name is the Firearms Act, as hundreds of Jamaicans continue to die by the gun. 

He said that the Holness administration, through King's House, should make the proclamation for the 12 months of mourning. 

“Let us red card illegal guns,” Brown urged his Senate colleagues, referencing the triple murder at a football game in Spring Village, Old Harbour, on Sunday, where gunmen opened fire on patrons, 

Six people were also injured in the St Catherine shooting. 

Brown said that it is time to mobilise the nation on a crusade against illegal guns. 

“It is not about the mere passing of legislation and hope for an outcome. Legislation by itself doesn't solve our problem. We need to mobilise the nation against illegal guns, top to bottom, left to right,” he said. 

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