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Sunday, 23 November 2014

fake guns don't kill people...

This used to be what toy guns looked like. (from: Pinterest)
“A 12-year-old boy died early Sunday from complications after being shot in the stomach by Cleveland police. The officers believed that the fake pistol the boy had been brandishing on a playground was actually real. […] They only learned afterward that the gun was fake — a BB gun with the orange safety marker scratched off. Both officers, one of whom is a rookie in his first year on the force, have been placed on administrative leave, according to protocol.

This is what they look like now. (from: Halloween Costumes 4U)

This is hardly the first shooting related to a toy or fake gun. In August, 22-year-old John Crawford of Beavercreek, Ohio, was shot dead by police inside a Wal-Mart for carrying a BB gun that is made to look like a more deadly weapon and is actually sold by Wal-Mart. Back in July of 2013, 13-year-old Andy Lopez was fatally shot when police similarly mistook his BB gun for an assault rifle. Officer Erick Gelhaus waited no more than 10 seconds for Lopez to put the gun down before firing seven shots at point-blank range. The gun, like in the Cleveland case, was missing an orange plastic plug that is supposed to help identify it as a toy. After the shooting was investigated, Gelhaus did not face any criminal charges.”
— Zack Ford, ThinkProgress
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1 comment:

  1. Fake guns don't kill people. Nor do they mean any threat to anyone. Therefore, people must not use toy/fake guns to pretend self defense. Because once the person is caught attempting to do self defense with a fake gun, the consequences would be even worse for him.



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