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The Reason Guns Get Here

Dear Source:

How do guns get here? Primary, important and vital infrastructure systems quite simply are not in place.
Case in point: Admirably, our St. John police Dept. Deputy Chief Foy honestly admitted, in a spring town Meeting, that there was a past practice of punishing "bad cop behavior" by sending them to St. John.
We were a quiet little Island with nothing going on. NOT the case now. I believe that this "seeded" a lot of the problems that we now are facing. There is little Police presence (a funding issue–let's not jump in and start pointing fingers) and absolutely no one paying close attention (except many concerned citizens) to the many potential illegal activities from the waters "out there". The 80's and 90's saw MANY drugs "floating in" to our Coral Bay shores. This is a known fact as we also saw many leaving for treatment programs because of this out of control drug use.
The Police (remember that many of them were sent as a punishment) how committed or interested could they have been in solving problems over here?) deemed as "incompetent" and "not to be trusted" were really not a part of the solution. And we wonder why there are deep seated "Police-Trust" issues, why our criminal element has a strong-hold?
It almost seems laughable that there is a big gate and security at the dock in Cruz Bay when the Coral Bay area has no one paying attention to the open seas. Only last year, here were many Coral Bay citizens deeply concerned and meeting in attempts to get answers to and about the MANY illegal aliens finding their way to St. John via Coral Bay. These issues can NOT be blamed on our present Administration. I believe that the system of grouping "St. Thomas-St. John" together does NOT work! St. John's problems continue-never to be addressed…no matter how many meetings are called; or serious these problems get. Our voice is rarely heard. The Senator-at-Large position does not serve our Island.
St. John needs to have districting. We need to identify our problems and implement solutions, not constantly "beg for needs". We can no longer send our crisis issues to St. Thomas and watch them "disappear"; along with the coffer money that St. John collects. It is simply unacceptable to St. Johnians-whether it is the lack of Police presence; Property Taxes; Parking needs (STILL!); transportation issues; the needs for a decent school for our children; the needs for Youth Programs for our Youth; the list is very long-and solutions to them-almost non-existent to date. The citizens of St. John are also tired of YEARS of going to meetings looking for these solutions.
The system MUST be changed if we are to have true representation. This must be addressed in The Constitutional Convention. I would venture to say that our sister Island of St. Croix feels the very same way!
Please, Pay attention to what we need to do, how we need to make major changes so that we can be the best that we can be! This can only happens with a system that allows the people of each Island more of a direct voice in solving it's individual and unique problems.
Back to guns: Guns get here because our outdated system of governing makes it possible and easy. Let's change that NOW.
Bonny Corbeil
St. John

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