Shouldn’t SL take action against illegal firearms now?

Shouldn’t SL take action against illegal firearms now?

Written by Staff Writer

15 Mar, 2019 | 7:50 pm

Colombo (News 1st): Four underworld criminals were arrested in a raid carried out by the Police Special Task Force at Hekitta, Wattala along with yet another haul of drugs. Police STF said 17 kilograms of heroin, 01 kilogram of cocaine, 500 grams of hashish, 02 Micro Pistols and 05 other pistols as well as 15 fake number plates and hand-cuffs were seized from the possession of the suspect.

Today, a mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand destroyed the lives of 49 people. The root cause for this tragedy was the illegal possession of firearms. Such crimes are beyond the scope of ordinary law-abiding citizens, without resorting to the effects of hard drugs and substances, inducing the mind towards a perverse mentality.

Amid such a backdrop, there are a large number of drug traffickers in Sri Lanka who posses illegal firearms and engage in various forms of crimes. We must encourage the eradication of drugs as well as the illegal possession of firearms, to ensure that brothers and sisters of our country, will not have to face such an unfortunate incident in the future.

A few years ago, a floating armoury was discovered in the seas off Galle. It was later revealed that the serial numbers of these firearms had been erased. The firearms that were discovered in the seas off Galle, were modern and sophisticated weapons used for marine operations.

Is it not time to act against drug peddlers who are equipped with illegal firearms, and capable of engaging in similar crimes?

Should we not take immediate action against such criminals, before Sri Lanka faces a similar fate to that of Christchurch in New Zealand?

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