PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago — Popular television host and educator, Kezel Jackson, is partnering with Directors of The Firearms Training Institute Ltd., Towfeek Ali and Nyree Alfonso, to promote public awareness and education, regarding the safe use and handling of firearms.
Trinidad and Tobago-based Jackson is the presenter and driving force behind ‘Crash Class’, a weekly TV show, which is aired, regionally, in Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Antigua and Barbuda, and delivers valuable information to the masses, on a variety of subject matters, such as law, medicine, social sciences and history, in an entertaining, relatable and engaging manner.
The Crash Class’ partnership with The Firearms Training Institute Ltd. aims to promote education, rather than ignorance.
Regarding the importance of firearms education and the motivation behind this collaboration, Kezel stated: “Guns are extremely dangerous, if mishandled — both intentionally and unintentionally. If members of the public have the opportunity to buy them, then they should have the opportunity to be educated and trained. Perhaps, it would better serve our citizens to be more well-informed about guns, in general.”
Ali echoed Kezel’s sentiments, saying, “We hope to build meaningful understanding of the lawful and safe use of firearms, including proper handling and secure storage.”
Co-Director Alfonso shared: “There is a negative perception and stigma surrounding guns, as there is with the ownership of them. Legal ownership of a firearm should not be feared, or be taboo, to any law-abiding citizen. The real issue, which is of national concern, is the influx of illegal weaponry, which has found its way into the hands of the criminal element.”
The collaborators emphasized that more awareness, training and education are needed and view this partnership as an imperative tool in achieving these objectives.
Weekly firearms education and safety features will be viewable on upcoming episodes of Crash Class, and, aired on regional broadcast networks. Crash Class will also be available, soon, on all Digicel platforms.