Replica Firearms Can Get a Person Killed
WASHINGTON D.C. — Police across the country have been placed in circumstances leading to deadly force with dozens of people carrying realistic-looking toy guns and replica firearms in the last two years, according to a study by The Washington Post.
Eighty-six people have been shot while using a replica firearm since the beginning of 2015. The numbers are evenly split at 43 in 2015 as well as 2016. The figures are based on data compiled by the paper as part of its national database of officer involved shootings that proved fatal.
Four of those killed were under 17 years of age, and seven were over 55. All but five were men, 54 were white, 19 were black and 11 were Hispanic.
Thirty-eight of those killed suffered from mental illness, according to family accounts and police reports, and 53 were carrying pneumatic BB or pellet guns, according to CBS News 10TV.
“Thirteen (guns) were replicas, two were toys, one was a starter pistol and one was a lighter,” the Washington Post reports.
This YouTube video is instructional regarding the topic:
Imgur has a gallery displaying toy weapons next to authentic firearms that have made the rounds on social media. The pictures are worth viewing if you’ve not seen them.
Overall, 2,000 people have been shot and killed by police since 2015, according to data analyzed by the paper.
The newspaper says the report, which was done in conjunction with journalism students from American University, is the first such study since Congress examined the issue more than 25 years ago.