Panton appeals to gunmen to stop the violence

| 12/07/2021 | 34 Comments
Cayman News Service
Premier Wayne Panton delivers message on gun violence

(CNS): Premier Wayne Panton has appealed to those responsible for the recent “shocking outbreak of gun violence” to stop the “bloodshed” and “senseless acts of violence”, as he spoke about the grief of those who have lost loved ones, calling on his own experience. In a televised address broadcast on CIGTV, he urged those who know where the guns are to do the right thing and tell the authorities. Panton said the gun and crime subculture didn’t emerge overnight and that he was aware of the social ills causing it, and while those issues must be addressed, the guns must be removed from the street now.

“No one has to tell me the pain of losing a loved one. It is real, it hurts and it’s forever. This isn’t a game; there is no restart button,” he said. “People know where the guns are… If you want to save the life of a boyfriend, child or a young man you care about, help us take these guns off the street.”

Panton said his government was committed to addressing as a priority the deep-rooted issues that have fuelled inequities and disenfranchisement, which has led some people into crime. “But right now our focus has to be on restoring law and order, peace and tranquility and getting illegal firearms off our streets. But the police cannot do it alone,” he said. He urged those involved or those who know something to come forward and face the challenge together to “break the cycle of violence”.

Over the last month a surge in gun violence has led to two Caymanian men being killed and around a dozen shot and injured. Following two murders in a week, in which gunmen indiscriminately opened fire on the street and outside a bar, and where innocent bystanders were also wounded, public fear has escalated, and even increased armed police patrols appear unable to stop the shooting.

On Saturday night shots were fired on West Church Street just yards from the West Bay Police Station. While two men were arrested in the wake of that incident for possession of ammunition, no charges have been brought in relation to the murders.

See Panton’s national appeal below:

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  1. Anonymous says:

    “Concerned Ex-Police” – The only “Caymanian” I would trust as Commissioner of Police is Anthony Ennis!! We had a Caymanian Commissioner some years ago – an XXXX!! What kind of example was he? And the Caymanian Acting Commissioner of some years ago….well, XXXX!!

    Neither of the names you mention are suitable candidates XXXX

    Bring UK CoPs as long as we remain an OT!!

  2. Anon says:

    Sad to say it DONT trust the RCIP.

    A friend of mines personal private statement to the police was leaked to CMR and word verbatim published by the convicted cyber bully Sandra Hill

    They made a complaint. And nothing was done

    She still has a mole in the organization

    I would deal with things myself and would never help or report anything to the RCIP

  3. Anonymous says:

    Ok great, it should all stop now.

  4. bell4 says:


    Globally, covid19 forced the system to reset. Locally, we all hungry now and cant find a socially equal place to live amongst most of the ‘criminally wealthy or extremely poor’ people that are attracted here – most of them dont like us and come to captivate similarly to the likes of Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean!

    Some of these chumps havent even set sail and touch land here good yet, but sadly most of whom are already here with zero contribution and respect for Caymanian (Caribbean then) customs, traditions, or culture!

    Its a mental poison that infiltrates these figures from old to young, be it black, brown, or white.

    • Anonymous says:

      And that leads to be people shooting up a bar with automatic weapons how exactly?

      • Anonymous says:


        Bringing 6 dollar an hour people that have to live in herds at the cheapest apartments u ever never seen…?

        Then magically you figure ‘oh locals dont want to work’, NO especially not for the 6~ dollas an hour…Why ofcourse not, because that hour labor is not even worth a decent plate of hot lunch…forget house and car!

        Then they turn to crime, while you just go fill out another work permit…its simple really.

        Note: Trade and technical schools are a start! You know how everyone gets to commenting on here about education standards like as if we are all trying to become interscholastic med-doctors, sadly it aint so in reality…jeez

    • Anonymous says:

      First paragraph is spot on mate.

      I love stew turtle and respect your culture so deeply..we urge you all to speak up against these thugs! Save your futures!

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is a political show. Even the premier knows appealing to gang wannabes isn’t going to make a difference. Sad to know the hope we had for Wayne was all smoke and mirrors.

  6. Anonymous says:

    This seems a bit silly. The individuals that are out there using automatic rifles to indiscriminately kill people are definitely not going to respond in a positive way to any type of appeal from a politician. These criminals are way beyond any sort of appeal to their nonexistent sense of decency.

  7. Say it like it is. says:

    Appealing to these shooters is just as pointless as appealing to our recidivist anti-vaxers, he should save his breath.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Community assessment is needed in the affected areas, to identify and address the issues plaguing the community and residents.
    People who work or have a job will not have time to join a gang, and or to loiter. Loitering should be illegal.

    • Anonymous says:


      Well you sound like you know…it…all..

      Take it easy brosepsh.

    • Anonymous says:

      Loitering is illegal. It is called being a Rogue and a Vagabond. Of course, no one enforces that or many other laws.

      The community assessments require an analysis of the origins of many of the problems. Who are we sending to study the failing states of Jamaica and Honduras?

    • Anonymous says:

      The main issue that needs to be addressed is that the criminals have realised that with our current law enforcement/criminal justice system, crime pays very well and any meaningful penalty is extremely unlikely.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Panton, you nor any member of the RCIPS can guarantee the safety of the persons who do talk and their families. There have been past instances where witnesses have been left hanging and exposed for retaliation. How do you expect us to trust that our lives aren’t in danger when we talk? You have to clean out the RCIPS first. A lot of corruption and I’m sure some of those officers know who the real criminals are.

    • Anonymous says:

      Happened to me. First hand. Put me in hiding for years. Bastards!

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s not the fault of the RCIPS or Panton, that Cayman is a tiny community, where everyone knows everyone else within a degree or two of separation.

      Unfortunately, for any meaningful witness protection, it means a life abroad, away from your family.

      As for RCIPS not knowing who they are, like someone pointed out, they will have a pretty good idea. The building of a case is the hard part. Murder investigations take time, let them do their thing.

      • Anonymous says:

        When members of the RCIP report on where their intelligence comes from, to the very criminals that were reported on, whose fault is it?

      • Anonymous says:

        12@4:17pm – The intent of your point may be valid but what you try to pass as fact, that “everyone knows everyone else within a degree or two of separation”, may be your opinion and that held by many like yourself, but it is in fact sooo outdated and thus incorrect! That wasn’t even the case twenty years ago!

        I’m a baby boomer Caymanian and God knows I wouldn’t mind seeing even a few people I know when I go anywhere except funerals and family gatherings!

  10. Anonymous says:

    As if that makes a difference. He would never want to breathe same air as regular people so they have no connection to him to even care what he has to say.

    He hasnt even batted an eye in Newlands since election why would he care about GT or WB.

    GTC rep is from the area and spends his time behind Wellys we all see him there. He knows what is going on ask him.

  11. Anonymous says:

    We need a competent coast guard to watch for these guns being smuggled in. Unidentifiable boats that are entering our waters must be seized by authorities immediately.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps WORC and CBC can explain why and how there appear to be Hondurans with gang affiliations here?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Here we go… “Gun Violence”, “Take the Guns off the streets”. I’m not suggesting that illegal guns aren’t a problem, but this reeks of not understanding the root cause.

    If you take the _bad people_ off the streets, guns become irrelevant and violence will cease guns or no guns.

    Even if you could take the guns off the streets (Which you will have as much luck taking drugs off the streets), you still are left with the bad people on the streets…

    You telling me RCIPS doesn’t know who these dirt bags and shit families are?? Instead of doing idiotic gun buy back programs, how about more sting operations? When is the last time a sting was conducted if ever? Bring in a US gang unit to take care of these fatherless thugs.

  14. Concerned EX-Police says:

    Thank you very much MR Premier for appealing. Unfortunately if you dont have a COP who has very good local of the criminals and members of the public it is useless appealing. You need a COP who knos the Police Force from grassroots level. Even though many years ago we had a Caymanian COP who had to step down as he couldn’t manage the Job. You have Philp Ebanks and Dennis Brady both attorney at law.s who could do a good job as Commissioners. These men were high ranking officers who had the force at heart and left with dignity.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Police need to do their jobs better and earn our respect and trust until then the silence will continue because corruption and incompetence is real with the RCIPS

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah, let’s all take the huff and meanwhile more people could get killed. Way to go Einstein.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Control the borders and enforce our laws. That will stop the violence. The present shit-show is of our own making. Hold the civil service accountable!

  17. Anonymous says:

    This is a well meant request but do you really think these type of criminal element give a hoot what the Premier or anyone else thinks or says?
    Maybe send John-John & Alden to talk to them!

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