I was reading up on Belize News a couple of days ago and came across this article on the Belize Times that got my attention. I read it, pondered a bit and then read it again. This really shocked the hell out of me to know that in a matter of a little over a decade or two our country has apparently sunk so low.
So apparently the UNDP (United Nations Development Program) did a study on the impact of violence and crime and how it affected the quality of life of people in Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. Here are excerpts from the article:
According to the report, 79,000 people died violent deaths between 2003 and 2008. Another study put the number of fatalities at 120,000 between 2000 and 2009. The report also states that economic damages due to violence, including what was spent fighting crime was around US$6.5 billion. That is close to 8 percent of the region’s GDP. Of the 6 countries, Costa Rica and Panama are the only two countries in Central America where human and economic under-development and poverty are not widespread and where the crime rate is lowest.
While in Belize the presence of gangs like the 18th Street Gang and MS 13 are not prevalent, organized criminal activity is evident. Like the Latino Gangs in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, gang activity in Belize is the main reason for the high number of murders. Indeed Belize’s murder rate is almost 33 per 100,000, which is far below the 25 per 100,000 in South America. This financial year Government will spend close to $107 million on National Security alone; this represents almost 13 percent of the national budget.
When you consider what fighting crime and violence is doing to societies in Belize and in the region, the massive cost to the taxpayers and the overall instability being created in the region, it should come as no surprise that leaders in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico have all placed this issue as the number one priority. Considering the fact that Central America has now become one of the most violent places in the world, where deaths are caused not from wars or military intervention, but due to illegal activity and antisocial behavior it makes the situation even more troubling.
This was a time were I could not pass up leaving a message on what I think is a serious issue and providing a solution that I think is much needed in our country; it is a thing called Corporal Punishment. I know lots of people hate it but hear me out, this is what I posted there, you should visit the site to keep up with what people are saying, and believe me, people agree; actually many agree and share the same thought but are keeping it to themselves for one reason or another. I on the other hand am not.
There is an easy solution to all the violence and criminal activity, it’s called corporal punishment. I remember back when this was still a practice, violence/crime rate was so low. There is no need for tax payers to pay for criminals to live for free in jails while we have to bust our behinds to struggle to survive. MY solution is simple, use a couple as examples and I bet that notice will be taken; criminals get away too easy, basically they get a slap on the wrist. I know most of you will say that human rights this and human rights that, but do you think criminals think about your rights? NO! They do not. Implementing corporal punishment will not only lower crime rate but save the country a lot of money as well will have less bums to take care of.
Remember when if you were caught stealing they would have you marched around town so everyone would know you were a thief and then whip you silly? Remember killers being hung instead of serving life sentences, being taken care of for free? Remember when the actual prisoners had to do hard labor instead of just chilling in jail? That is what I’m talking about.
Oh, and aren’t we an independent country? Why do we have to go to the privy council, is our legal system and supreme court not legal enough? We need to start acting like an independent country that we are and stop allowing other countries telling us what to do and how to do it. Enough is enough.
This is only my opinion and I know I speak for a lot of people who are thinking the same thing but are not speaking their minds.
I hope to hear your thoughts on this matter as it is a very serious issue that we are dealing with, not just in Belize but on a Global scale. We must do something about it, even if it’s just in our little jewel.
Thanks for listening and God bless.