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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annabeth-dawn:

fuckmestupid:

FINALLY SOMEONE FUCKING DID IT

THIS guys! This is the person I want to be when I grow up.

Charlie Sheen is a cocaine addict who threatened his wife at knifepoint. 

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aseaofquotes:

Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

aseaofquotes:

Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

gbzombiepie:

Giant Bomb Reacts to Box (Video Provided By: Jake Lunn)

I wasn’t planning on getting excited for a Metal Gear Solid game but now look at me. 

zellk:

Kiss meme drawings. All these ladies yesss

(via victoriancuddler)

Depression can be kind of strange sometimes in the way it can sneak up on without you noticing. Sometimes you can be walking along and suddenly you just want the ground to swallow up. Sometimes you can think everything’s fine but then you realise you haven’t eaten properly in three days  and you really need to shower and go for a jog and call your mum and listen to some really loud music for a bit. 

lostthehat:

lecinematheque:

Pumzi - dir. Wanuri Kahiu // Kenya

In a dystopian future 35 years after an ecological WWIII  has torn the world apart, East African survivors of the devastation remain locked away in contained communities, but a young woman in possession of a germinating seed struggles against the governing council to bring the plant to Earth’s ruined surface.

The complete short film is on youtube and it’s really good and the end kind of took my breath away. 

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thefingerfuckingfemalefury:

deltaqoodrem:

Michelle Rodriguez laying down truths
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That third gif also sums up the reason why so many queer women in fiction get treated like shit and why we barely get acknowledged as existing at all

These pathetic excuses for writers have no idea how to write a woman who doesn’t want to fuck a man

This explains a lot about the things all the women in BBC’s Luther have to go through. >.<

The piddling day-to-day crap of AJ Plant.

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