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Last year, in total, British police officers actually fired their weapons three times. The number of people fatally shot was zero. In 2012 the figure was just one. Even after adjusting for the smaller size of Britain’s population, British citizens are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans. Between 2010 and 2014 the police force of one small American city, Albuquerque in New Mexico, shot and killed 23 civilians; seven times more than the number of Brits killed by all of England and Wales’s 43 forces during the same period.

The explanation for this gap is simple. In Britain, guns are rare. Only specialist firearms officers carry them; and criminals rarely have access to them. The last time a British police officer was killed by a firearm on duty was in 2012, in a brutal case in Manchester. The annual number of murders by shooting is typically less than 50. Police shootings are enormously controversial. The shooting of Mark Duggan, a known gangster, which in 2011 started riots across London, led to a fiercely debated inquest. Last month, a police officer was charged with murder over a shooting in 2005. The reputation of the Metropolitan Police’s armed officers is still barely recovering from the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, an innocent Brazilian, in the wake of the 7/7 terrorist bombings in London.

In America, by contrast, it is hardly surprising that cops resort to their weapons more frequently. In 2013, 30 cops were shot and killed—just a fraction of the 9,000 or so murders using guns that happen each year. Add to that a hyper-militarised police culture and a deep history of racial strife and you have the reason why so many civilians are shot by police officers. Unless America can either reduce its colossal gun ownership rates or fix its deep social problems, shootings of civilians by police—justified or not—seem sure to continue.
Armed police: Trigger happy | The Economist (via kenyatta)

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moonlitcandyandstarrysky:

Notebook-writing-phobia
The fear of writing into a freshly bought,
fancy looking notebook because you’re afraid of fucking up and ruining everything and you end up never ever using it. You just look at it. Touch it. Smell it. And place it ever so carefully onto your collection of 100 other unused notebooks.

Oh gods this is me

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makos-lightningrod:

i would like to point out several things in this embrace that kills me inside.

  • how they have those open-mouth smiles that shoot me in the face
  • the way his arms are just spread out
  • the fact that it seems like she nearly skids to fall in his arms
  • how their bodies seem to collide in that awkward ‘omfg oops sorry not sorry’ way
  • how his eyes close tightly and he looks like a kitty cat who’s with his favorite kitty companion (and cats are usually independent little thangs)
  • how he’s holding her tightly
  • how she’s all ‘woah, what is this. is this a hug’ because her hands are just all flying in the air
  • and then she finally puts her hand on his back
  • and the circle of life is complete

I can see the appeal of Korrasami but I’ve been shipping these two from the start. Sorry.

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