Editorial for July 04: Take a shot at gun amnesty

 Talk about timing.

 Two days before the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service launched its gun amnesty programme, Kemar Golding was shot in the face during a robbery attempt.

 The despicable act occurred when the would-be robbers didn’t get any money off their intended victims and as one of them told the other ‘Let him have one’.

 What cowards.

 We pray police catch these thugs and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law under the charges of attempted murder. We also pray that Kemar, who lost his left eye in the incident, makes as much recovery as possible and returns to us soon.

 The thing is, someone on Grand Cayman knows who committed this crime.

 Someone knows what gun was used.

 Someone knows where it is. And someone should turn in the gun at the very least. At the most that someone should turn in the perpetrators.

 The gun amnesty programme kicked off Friday and continues through the end of the month.

 Gun amnesty programmes are popular tools worldwide to stem the tide of crime.

 Usually they are announced following spates of shootings and Lord knows we’ve had enough gun crimes on Grand Cayman recently.

 Police already know who has legal guns in the Cayman Islands. Those holding such weapons belong to the gun club or are farmers and are registered with police.

 It is the issue of illegal guns in the Cayman Islands that causes the most concern.

 And it is those guns the amnesty is targeting.

 Being caught with an illegal gun means jail time.

 This is an opportunity to turn in those firearms with no questions asked and no chance of being penalised for possession. The more guns handed in, the fewer firearms will be available for misguided young people and criminals to get their hands on.

 While the gun amnesty is targeted at illegal firearms, even guns that are legal can be a menace in the wrong hands. So as well as the illegal guns, unless you have a good reason for keeping firearms around, turn those guns in too.