Letters to the Editor: Let people have guns

I have considered the two following
headlines in your newspaper:

1. “Armed homeowner shoots
burglar”; and,

2. “Homeowner pistol-whipped by

In my view, the headline ‘Homeowner
pistol-whipped by burglars’ should have instead read: Unarmed homeowner pistol-whipped
by burglars.

In this colony, the goal of our
colonial masters to prevent law-abiding residents from legally owning firearms
and other devices is not in the best interest of public safety, because it
ensures that criminals have an advantage over the law-abiding residents.  Clearly, law-abiding residents are at an
increased risk because criminals are armed with firearms, while many
law-abiding residents who wish to be armed with firearms are not.

The Commissioner of Police Mr.
David Baines should now discontinue his strategies that are aimed at reducing
legal firearm ownership. Those who use incremental disarmament of the Caymanian
people, through legislation and cultural bigotry against legal firearm
ownership, have become a serious threat to liberty (trial by jury) and personal

After speaking to and receiving
representations from an impressive number of people, the support for
self-defence, including by means of legal owned firearms is even greater than I
originally believed it to be. In my view, it is clearly a majority.

If the commissioner of police and
the attorney general want to send a good message to criminals, now is the time,
otherwise it has been clearly articulated to me that there will be an expression
of dissatisfaction from the general public like never before.

The public does not believe in any
right to be a victim.

Dennie Warren Jr.


  1. Dear Mr. Dennie Warren Jr

    Please read this letter in relation to my response to another respected writer in another publication, addressing the same issue.

    In it, I mentioned yourself, although not calling you by name and when writing that letter, had no clue that this letter been published in the Caymanian Compass.

    If you look at the CC for Thursday, July 29, you will see the RCIPS response and policy to your views on the general arming of Caymanian society, both civilians and police officers.

    As an individual who introduced and ran a branch of a highly respected traditional Japanese martial arts organization for 10 years in Cayman, that taught specifically and only personal self defense and protection, I am well aware of the dilemma and conditions faced by yourself and other Caymanian citizens, as you have outlined in your letter.

    The truth is; if the average citizen had a choice, which headline would they rather be reading ?

    ‘Homeowner shoots burgler dead in the act of breaking into his home’ or ‘Homeowners pistol whipped and beaten by burglers in the committing of a burgler’ ?

    I think the answer is pretty self-evident.

    The situation is that law-enforcement agencies are less conerned with individual’s personal safety than with public safety policy or, in other words, are willing to sacrifice the safety of an individual for the general safety of the community.

    This is the premise of the RCIPS policy on citizens arming themselves for their own protection and can be understood to some degree.

    If, as you indicated, the general public wishes to change this policy, then the political route is the way to go.

    Form an association of like-minded individuals and challenge the current offensive weapons laws in regards to firearms and other tools for self defense in the courts of the Cayman Islands and in the United Kingdom if you have to.

    Its time somebody did so, given the current situation that exists.


    Ricardo Tatum

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