This week in gun violence

In the last few days, there has been a lot of discussion about gun control methods in the United States, and the fall out from the lack of gun control.

Instead of trying to figure it out all for yourself, we’ve decided to break it down.

Zimmerman Gun Auction failed

The sale of George Zimmerman’s gun at auction has been hijacked after it surpassed $65 million during the bids. The highest bidders were ‘Tamir Rice’ and ‘Racist McShootFace’, which suggested to the site holding the auction the bids were potentially fake.

The gun in question was used by Zimmerman to shoot 17-year-old African American Trayvon Martin while he was coming home from a convenience store in 2012. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in 2013.

After putting up the 9mm gun for auction, Zimmerman said;

“Many have expressed interest in owning and displaying the firearm including the Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C. This is a piece of American history. It has been featured in several publications and in current university text books. Offers to purchase the firearm have been received; however, the offers were to use the gun in a fashion I did not feel comfortable with.”

Deaths by Police

The Counted has recorded three more deaths at the hands of police – all three documented as gun shots, one in California, another in Oklahoma and the third in Colorado. This brings the total amount of people killed by police in 2016 to 370.

This is lower than the time period between January and April last year, which was 390 people.

Police to lose funding?

A new law has been proposed by a Democratic congresswoman that could suggest police departments could lose funding if they are not taught tighter restrictions on officer involved shootings.

Gwen Moore of Wisconsin said in a statement, “Too many young men and women in this country are unreasonably struck down by the very people who swore an oath to protect them.”

She said, her decision was prompted by The Counted and The Washington post project, both organisations record deaths at the hand of police.

The potential law would be called “Preventing Tragedies Between Police and Communities Act” and the act would demand local and state governments create new police department policy manuals that suggest employing de-escalation techniques “whenever possible”, and to train them to use the level of force necessary – not extreme responses.

Originally here published May 15th 2016

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