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Ban pellet toy guns in VI– Cromwell Smith

Ban pellet toy guns in VI– Cromwell Smith

Talk show host Mr Cromwell Smith aka Edju En ka has complained that pellet shooting toy guns, while not extremely harmful, could be having a phycological effect on children in the Virgin Islands and contribute to more gun crimes.

Mr Smith was at the time interviewing Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) on ZBVI 780 AM on February 13, 2023, when he called for a ban on the guns, hinting that it could lead to more gun Crimes in the VI.

“There's got some guns in the community… they have like magazines, and they shoot little pellets like an automatic rifle. You squeeze the trigger, it's battery operated, and it spits pellets like a machine gun like it was M16 or AK47,” he detailed.

Smith said within the community children would wear goggles and hoodies to protect their skin and would engage in full gang wars in areas like the Greenland field.

Mr Smith was at the time interviewing Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) on ZBVI 780 AM last February 13, 2023, where he also called for a ban of the guns, hinting that it could lead to more gun Crimes in the VI.

'I've been hit a couple of times' - Smith

Mr Smith said in the 'friendly' gang wars children would tell each other, "I’m going to kill you," in a playful manner; however, it can become more serious.

“I've been hit a couple of times and it has a little sting, it's not a handful in that sense, but I think it's hurtful, you know, psychological,

“From a psychological perspective, that psychological development, you could see this graduating into something more serious,” he said while calling for a ban on the toy guns from the VI community.

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