What a hellish thing.
There are simply too many guns in the USA.
How many people do you know who you would trust with a gun?
Cops in USA must think about the threat of guns every time they go to a call.
Fear leads to bad choices.
A recipe for disaster which is played out in the USA on an almost daily basis.
In this country we have very few cops with guns, they are experts and use them very rarely.
Importantly very few folk in this country have guns so cops are not thinking about the threat of guns when they go to every call.
As a result there has been only one incident in this country where an innocent has been shot by Police officers. That was sad death of Jean Charles de Menezes days after the London bombings. That case would bring a tear to a glass eye.
I should say I don't consider violent criminals like Mark Duggan as innocents.
Something that stands out to me, is how I feel and the reactions I see in others when a gun related incident happens in the uk. It always makes me stop, it’s a shock, because gun related incidents a relatively few and far between. Compared with hearing about a similar incident in the US (in fact often far worse incidents), and it’s almost become blasé, it’s almost a weekly occurrence.
a shocking atrocity happened at dunblane, which prompted swift and strong changes to gun laws across the uk. No whining about constitutional rights, about right to bear arms. As a whole, the population of the uk completely got behind the need for change. In the US, far too many are too busy demanding their right to have deadly weapons to see the pain and suffering being caused all the time.
I've no doubt that changing things there would take a very long time. But thats a lot sooner than no change at all.