Anton Chekhov, the great Russian author and scenario-writer said: “ If in the first act you have hung a gun on the wall, then in the following act it should be fired” It means that if one has a gun, he will use it for sure one day.
But let me begin with introducing a few cases:
- In December 2013 police shot and killed a student at the Catholic University of San Antonio (Texas). An officer stopped 23-year-old Robert Reedus for speeding and careless driving. After being stopped, the men began to argue, then to fight and the police officer shot Reedus several times. The student died from his injuries on the spot.
- A sheriff’s deputy of Santa Rosa mistakenly thought he saw a teen carrying an assault rifle on a California street this week and shot him dead, authorities said. It was discovered that the police took up arms against the teen when he was only carrying a plastic replica of a Kalashnikov.
Case 3.The 26-year-old Kazakhstan citizen Kirill Denyakin was reportedly shot several times by a US police officer on April 23 for banging on the door at the scene of an alleged house burglary in Portsmouth. Crime experts say the suspected American officer, who mistakenly took Denyakin for a thief, made eleven shots at the tragic scene. Following the shooting, the Kazakh Embassy issued a diplomatic note to the US State Department, “expressing Kazakhstan’s serious concern with the incident and a demand of a comprehensive and transparent investigation,”.
Case 4: Finally, the murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the American city of Ferguson, Missouri, sparking protests from local residents.
Of course, I have not had the opportunity to view the facts in the last 30-50 years. But in my humble opinion, these case have nothing to do with the race issue. That is, the problem is not skin color, profession, nationality, ethnicity. The problem is that some police exceed their authority. And when there is a question – to shoot or not, many of them choose – shoot. In these 4 cases American citizens of all races, and a citizen of Kazakhstan were shot not because they were from Kazakhstan or America, but because the officers did not control of their behavior that is extremely dangerous for the whole society as according to the law they may carry and use firearm.