Jamaica Tourists Told to Stay in Hotel Rooms Due to High Murder Rate

By Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- British Tourists flock to Jamaica, where they tend to stay in fenced in tourist hotels that are off limits to most locals. Now they being told to stay in their rooms.

The reason: sky-high murder rates and a recent spate of killings.

From mirror.co.uk:

British holidaymakers in Jamaica have been told to stay in their resorts by the Foreign Office after a state of emergency was declared following a series of shootings.

Troops have been put on the streets following the killings in Montego Bay, which is popular with tourists.

It follows a series of shootings including a driveby shooting which killed one person, and the shooting of another four times on a roundabout near to the main airport Sansgster international on Tuesday.

The country's Prime Minister issued a State of Emergency and put security services and troops on the street to tackle the gunmen after a record 335 murders last year in the area.

He has now ordered a massive house-to-house search in the St. John's area for the gunmen and tourists are being tole to stay in their hotel rooms.

The 2017 murder rate for Jamaica was 42.6 per 100,000 population, one of the highest in the world. It is not as high as Baltimore, Maryland, where the rate reached 55.8 in 2017. Many attribute the Baltimore murder rate to a lack of police presence. Police drastically reduced their activities after several officers were charged in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray. The officers were eventually found not guilty of all charges.

In the article in the Mirror, this excuse is given:

“But what people need to know is this is a developing country with all the associated problems and with the high murder rate unfortunately life is cheap.”

It was not always so. In 1962, Jamaica's murder rate was lower than the murder rate in the United States.  In 1962, before independence, Jamaica had a murder rate of 3.9 per 100,000 population, one of the lowest in the world.  It was lower than the U.S. murder rate of 4.6 per 100,000 in 1962. The U.S. murder rate in 2016 was slightly higher than in 1962; 5.4 per 100,000.

The 2017 numbers are a little lower but have not been released yet. Jamaica's murder rate in 2017 was 42.6, nearly eleven times greater than it had been under British rule.

Jamaica has some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the world.  They were imposed in 1967, shortly after independence from the U.K.  There is a special Gun Court, without the need for hard evidence.

Conviction is life in prison without parole. In spite of the draconian gun controls, far stricter than what exists in England, (or perhaps because of them) the murder rate in Jamaica is more than 40 times higher than the murder rate in England.

After independence from the U.K. in 1962, Jamaica has had 55 years of “development”. I find it difficult to see how this “development” has improved the island or the lives of the people there.

An American who lived in Jamaica in 1961 reported that there was no problem in bringing a pistol to the island in 1960, or in possessing it at that time.

Murder rates are almost entirely about culture and the rule of law. Remove respect for the rule of law, and murder rates soar.

Jamaica is essentially ruled by competing gangs of thieves.  The possession of guns is not the cause of the high murder rate in Jamaica.

It is the change of the government from one in which most of the population trusted the police and the application of the rule of law, into a government in which criminal gangs trade rule based on who can commit the most vote fraud in the latest elections.

Gun control is simply a ruse to distract the public from the real cause of the murders – a government that is allied with the criminal gangs, and a corrupt police force.

2018 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.

About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30-year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

  • 22 thoughts on “Jamaica Tourists Told to Stay in Hotel Rooms Due to High Murder Rate

    1. Caucasians would do well to stay away from the third world. There is no safe place there, and escaping victimization means you just got lucky.

    2. Despite the dangers in some parts of the world to our south it’s still a good idea to travel. It’s fun & can be enriching. Just go to the safer places.

      1. Absolutely! Travel to safer places like Wyoming or Arizona or Montana! Splurge as I did and travel by motorcycle, but always carry a gun.

    3. Comment…I for one have never felt the urge to go any where south of Texas. The only cruise I would consider would be up through southeast Alaska. I have no need to go to Hawaii , or even Commiefornia.

    4. With our politicians, media, and idiotic bleeding heart liberals, this will be coming to a town or city near you. No one seems to be able to admit some very basic facts about demographics, they’re so busy with heads in sand, or up each other’s asses. Chicago, or any of a hundred other urban shitholes, anyone?

    5. Drop an unarmed Hillary, Chuckie, Barry, Nancy, DiFi, Lynch, Oprah, Savannah Githrie, and Jimmy Kimmel into the middle of Trenchtown – the biggest shithole within Jamaica’s biggest shithole city. Let them draw out around them a “GUN FREE ZONE” with signage. Maybe then they will see how effective gun control laws are.

    6. And so goes away the only stream of income besides coffee and rum. Gun control laws are really working well there. Just imagine how bad it would be if Jamaica allowed legal gun owners to conceal carry. Imagine what would happen if the government there wasn’t corrupt.. Man how bad it would be. To me it makes shit of difference! This is just what those people do. Jamaicastan!

    7. Not mentioned, but just as relative is the prevalence of the drug culture there. Needless to say, where drugs and the corruption it brings are, crime and murders follow.

    8. These three guys must have just finished their gun safety course I mean with his finger on a fully cocked
      .45 and his other buddy with probably a full mag with his finger on the trigger also. If only the guy with
      the full auto would lower his barrel another eight inches or so and the guy in back bump into him he could
      solve one of the problems right away. I guess not the guy in the back shows a little safety with his finger
      off the trigger so they put him in the back. I found out yesterday my brother in law and his family are going
      on a fishing trip right in this same shithole I hope the pirates don’t get them first.
      Something about the word shithole it just roles off the tongue and it fits.

    9. Is that picture from the shithole Jamaica ….or from the shithole Baltimore..? Same people, same problem….and same solution. Exterminate the Rats and other Vermin….

    10. Another shining example of taking the guns away from the good guys thus giving free reign to the bad guys. Even children, but apparently not politicians, could have predicted this outcome.

    11. When our family went on a cruise in June of ’99 one of the stops was Jamaica at Ocho Rios. The port was guarded at the foot and vehicle gates by guards carrying submachine guns. Our visit otherwise was very safe. Of course we were escorted by tour operators everywhere else.

      1. A stop at Mazatlan Mexico was similar. I didn’t know whether we should feel protected by all the security or concerned that so much security was needed. Fortunately, nothing happened.

        1. Decades ago I used to travel everywhere. Now I have no desire to EVER leave the borders of the US. As far as Mexico is concerned, been there, ridden a motorcycle there and, now, wouldn’t give that corrupt craphole country one cent or one minute of my time. If it were up to me I’d put up a 50’ wall topped with electrified strands and gun towers.

      1. Bill: You’ve fallen for a “fake news” story. This story is absolutely untrue. Jamaica is very safe. How can it not be when no one can own guns? This must be the work of White suprematists trying to undermine the island govt.! 🙂

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