Thousands of mourners gathered at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral this week for the funeral of murdered schoolboy Rhys Jones. The 11 year old had been on his way back from football practice when he was shot and killed on a pub carpark. Merseyside police have so far arrested 17 people in the course of their investigations but so far nobody has been charged with Rhys’s murder. The police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.
My heart goes out to this poor boy’s family. This was such a terrible waste of a young life. This young boy had his whole life ahead of him and it was so tragically cut short. This case just highlights what an increasingly violent place Britain is becoming. Every day it seems there are reports of shootings and gun and gang related crime on the streets of lawless Britain, with some youngsters treating guns like a fashion accessory. Last week a home office minister called for more people to be given the full mandatory jail sentence of five years for carrying a gun. There are also plans to set up a special taskforce and national police unit to tackle gun crime in some of England’s major cities. We can only hope the initiative will bring an end to the spiralling rate of gun and gang related crime in this country.