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I love my readers, and want you all to have a safe 2016. So here’s some advice, assuming you don’t want to be murdered by your police: move to the UK. Or China. Or Australia. Or pretty much anywhere else.
In all of 2011, British police killed two people. In 2012, one. In 2013, a total of three shots were fired by British police, and no one was killed. In the last two years, a total of three people lost their lives because of British cops, bringing the total number of citizens killed in the UK to all of seven in the last five years.
Look at it another way. Since December 14, police in America have killed 60 citizens. It took English cops 25 years to do what American cops have done in the last two weeks of December.
Or another way. On average, British police kill around two citizens a year. American cops kill more than that every day.
Or another way. Since Christmas, police in our Homeland have killed 14 people. In the week since Christmas, American cops have killed twice as many people as the British police have killed altogether since 2011.
Or another way. Since 1990, police officers in the United Kingdom have killed exactly 58 people.
Yes, yes, some killed were truly threatening a life. But it seems even factoring that in, the numbers are wildly out of proportion for two societies so similar in terms of socioeconomics, rights, judicial processes and so forth.
But we know the truth, don’t we — it’s all about guns. British police for the most part are not even armed, in large part because their entire population is not packing as if WWIII is about to erupt in Podunk, Texas.
It is us, and the way we choose to live. And more and more the way we choose to live is dictating the way we will die. So if that’s exactly what you want, please vote not to change anything in 2016.
Copyright 2016 Peter Van Buren.