Meet William Lipton. That's his mug shot, on the left, taken when he was arrested by a Monroe County road patrol in Florida, when he was w̶a̶v̶i̶n̶g̶ flashing a gun on school property. A gun nut. One of the many gringo scum that has relocated to Panama to continue waving guns and kill people. These American outcasts hate Panamanians, hate the indigenous peoples, and are profoundly racist. Or, as Eric Jackson once put it:
The creation of an artificial siege mentality that holds gringos the special targets when actually there is a general crime wave that affects most of society; the publishing of racially inflammatory lies to defame the indigenous land and water rights movement and the labor movement; the encouraging of people to join a movement that tells indigenous people that their protests will not be tolerated; the overt advocacy of lynching; the spreading of inflammatory and dubious rumors about an unsolved death in the community (including now, by way of a "question," identifying somebody, probably unfairly, as a suspect); "anti-crime" meetings in which Don Winner sells stun guns, or at which the town drunk talks about shooting people (...)
So, then we got an email from someone in Volcan - a Panamanian - telling us a bit about all those crazy gringo pistoleros there. They shoot dogs in the streets in front of kids. They shoot chickens that dare to enter their pathetic properties. They threaten to shoot people too. Here's some of the email, in Spanish (yeah, we know, most of these expat wackos don't speak a word of Spanish, but screw'em):
Buscando por allí, un gringo me mandó un contacto en Volcán - William Lipton... luego como yo soy bastante cuidadosa, me puse a buscarlo en google... ahora yo busque en sitios gringos en Boquete y encontré que hay un gringo en Volcán Cerro Punta, entrenando a otros gringos y gringas para que carguen y usen armas. Como ustedes habrán escuchado, esta lucha es inmensa en los Estados Unidos, porque TODOS allá CARGAN ARMAS, y hay una matanza descontrolada y cualquiera le dispara a cualquiera, hasta niños de escuela. El Gobierno de USA ha estado en campañas multimillonarias y otras campañas de madres de niños asesinados para que la gente deje de usar armas.... pero hay un grupo fuerte a favor de andar armados. Ustedes saben que esa NO es nuestra cultura Panameña y mucho menos aquí en Chiriquí. Nosotros NUNCA hemos andado armados por aqui...
Bueno, allí en un sitio web (link abajo) encontré de una reunión/taller/seminario que hubo en Volcán/Cerro Punta para este propósito de los gringos cargar y disparar armas y registrarlas aquí. Aquí en Boquete y Dolega hemos tenido problemas con gringos disparando y matando perros en la calle pública frente a niños y vecinos. También otro gringo en El Alto le disparó a unas gallinas de la vecina que le escarbaban el jardín y luego las envenenó todas incluyendo el perro de una niña de 10 años.
Cuando yo veo y oigo estas cosas... me preocupo mucho... allí en ese seminario para "seguridad al cargar armas" hubo 20 participantes en Volcán, Noviembre 2012 organizados por William Lipton. Ustedes han visto a este señor William Lipton? Alguien escribió en otro lado que maneja como un maniático por Volcán poniendo niños y animales en peligro.
Then, on the Boquete Ning site, we found this report on the November 2012 town hall meeting in Volcan, organized by this William Lipton, to train gringos how to "shoot intruders":
The more than 20 participants at the gun safety seminar, had to constantly wipe the rain water from their pistols, but undaunted, continued to shoot, more females than males attended. The women had some very interesting comments concerning the safety course. One lady’s comment “NOW I FEEL EMPOWERED”. Another lady said: “even if a man is not available, I can confront an uninvited intruder with confidence”. Another comment, “if the police telephone does not answer because the police have ABANDONED the area or the police station has been trashed by “maleantes”, when time is of the essence seconds matter, minutes are an enternity [SIC], “I feel safer relying on my pistol”. Another comment, “the gun safety instructor’s wife, Brandy Gregory, shot very accurately after years of practice. With training, maybe I can emulate her.” A man stated that he was “grateful for the opportunity to practice and renew his gun marksmanship.” We plan to have another safety seminar in February.
The "maleantes" referred to are the Ngobe indigenous people. They burned down the Volcan police station (nobody was hurt) in revenge of the police killing of several unarmed protesters against the government's plans to have open pit mining inside the Ngobe comarca. Indeed: Protesting "indians" defending their land is really bad, but they'll bring out the guns even if a chicken trespasses on their property.
As we said, these people are dirty and ugly racists. Crazy scum that should be locked away in an asylum, forever.
Can something be done, officially, against a gringo gun criminal training other wingnut gringos to shoot people and feel empowered? I guess we'll soon find out. Panamanians and indigenous people alike are getting fed up with these expats and their racist colonial antics in the area. If there are any decent gringos living in the area, they should get organized to kick out this scum.
(Hat tip to Eric Jackson for alerting us!)