We were somewhat taken aback
earlier this month by the comments of RCIPS Commissioner David Baines at the
recent Northern Caribbean Conference on Economic Cooperation.
According to a recording of the
proceedings, taken by one of our reporters, the commissioner said the following:
“The constitutional right to bear
arms in the United States is directly contributing to the denial of the right
to life for young men in the Caribbean.
“I’m quite happy with those
countries who are banning your pop stars who would want to spread the murder,
mayhem rap and going around as if it is normal, appropriate, sensible. The more
people that we stop travelling around our region and actually collectively
state, ‘that’s not our value for our communities’.”
Experts in international relations
we at the Caymanian Compass are not. However, it would seem that, especially in
dire economic times, openly blasting the constitutional rights of your largest
trading partner and criticising measures that allow the free exchange of trade
would not seem to be the wisest course of action.
We have not always agreed with the
commissioner, particularly regarding his media relations policies, but no one
should doubt he is a hardworking chap who has done his absolute best to reduce
gun crime here in the Cayman Islands – with some positive results as well, we
But the above views as expressed by
Mr. Baines are not – we believe – representative of the general position of the
Cayman Islands. We value our economic and political relations with the USA, as
well as other Caribbean neighbours, who are home to rap music and many other
Blaming the second amendment of the
US Constitution for denying young men in the Caribbean the right to life is
akin to blaming a computer keyboard for the spelling mistakes of a newspaper
Perhaps, Mr. Baines would wish to
reconsider these comments?