About 57 per cent of the 765 respondents to last week’s caycompass.com online poll do not think people should be able to legally own guns for self-defence.
However, although the largest segment of respondents – 313 people or 40.9 per cent – oppose guns for self-defence, they would agree with residents having things like pepper spray for that purpose.
“Many of us own machetes and that’s an item of self-defence, so I think something like that is fine,” said one person. “Guns I am opposed to, as I think innocent people may get shot.”
“There are too many guns here already,” said someone else.
“If people were to legally own guns, it would be a complete disaster,” said another respondent. “Look at America for a terrible example.”
“I would strongly recommend that pepper spray or any other such defensive mechanism should be restricted to persons over the age of 18 years and who possess a clean police record,” said one person. “Also, any adult whose minor child is found in possession of such item should be held legally responsible.”
“What we really need to do is get tough on those caught with illegal guns,” commented someone else.
“We need something to defend ourselves,” said another.
“Tasers should be allowed, although the sentence for use without warrant should be substantial,” someone else said.
Another 122 people – 16 per cent – didn’t think people should have guns or things like pepper spray.
“The last thing this Island needs is more guns,” said one person. “And pepper spray has already been used in at least one robbery. Do we really want more of it?”
“100 square miles with a population of 60,000 people – absolutely not!” said someone else. “We are heading down a very slippery slope, one from which we will never recover.”
Almost a third of the respondents – 251 people or 32.8 per cent – thought people should be able to own guns for self-defence.
“But with the provision that the people able to get guns here are law-abiding citizens of Cayman or expat professional security only,” said one person.
“Only if properly licensed and trained in use,” said someone else.
“The right to defend yourself with reasonable force is a fundamental human right,” said another person. “No politician or law has the right to force a person into victimhood.”
“Criminals are always going to be armed, therefore there should be no reason why regular civilised citizens should not be able to defend themselves,” said one respondent.
“Yes, but only in certain circumstances,” said one person. “For business owners on their premises only, for security guards on duty, for police at all times, and for homeowners at home only.”
Sixty-nine respondents – 9 per cent – thought only Caymanians should be able to own guns for self-defence.
“When guns are outlawed only outlaws have guns,” said one person.
Ten people – 1.3 per cent – responded ‘I don’t know’ to the question.
Next week’s poll question
Should Cayman have a minimum wage?
Yes, but only for Caymanians
Yes, but only for expats
I don’t know
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