Killing unarmed teenagers – an inditement

The shoot first approach demonstrated by acts like the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, or the death of the 12 year old Tamir Rice in a playground, has a particular resonance for me.

When I was an 18 year old student playing with a toy police set from the pound shop (including badge, radio and toy gun) I was confronted and arrested. Had there been wider access to guns would the presumption have been that I was another dangerous criminal rather than an anomaly?

Has US society moved to such an extreme that there is a presumption kids with toys are killers.

Surely this is an inditement on the way that the media creates hysteria around single horrific acts, and police over reaction rather than society? That said surely limiting the availability of fire arms would temper such overreaction.


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