"Most of the officers I interviewed say that guns poison policing in America. 'They're literally everywhere,...''
Peggy Hubbard’s first video is a rage against violence in the heat of the moment:
In the high finance world arms manufacturers live in Black lives don't matter, White lives don't matter. What matters to arms dealers is money, death for profit.
AUG 24, 2015
The real problem is the belief that all our social problems can be solved with force.
“Second, cops think that the public underestimates the threats to their life—and why the use of force is sometimes necessary. Most of the officers I interviewed say that guns poison policing in America. 'They’re literally everywhere,' says one. 'And the problem with dealing with guns is that if I’m talking to you and you’ve got a gun, action always beats reaction.' One female street cop points that having to carry a firearm automatically escalates violent situations. 'If I take a punch and I’m knocked out, they could take my gun,' she says. 'We need to stay a step ahead of them, so we sometimes use a higher-level of force.' Another worries that the fear of being criticised or indicted for using force may make cops put themselves in danger. 'I think what’s happening now is that some younger officers are more reluctant to use force and they might lose a tactical advantage and be killed.”
Policing in America
Apr 27th 2015, 19:13 BY D.K. | WASHINGTON, DC
How a 50 caliber U.S. made sniper rifle purchased in a gun shop in St. Mary’s Pennsylvania is sold to a guerrilla army in Kosovo.
Americans are not unusually violent. Unusual violence is what happens in a country where guns outnumber people.
"Florin Krasniqi leads a double life. To most of his Brooklyn neighbors, he is an Albanian immigrant from Kosovo who owns a successful roofing company. But to the Kosovo Liberation Army, a guerrilla group fighting for Kosovo’s independence from Serbia, Krasniqi is a major fundraiser and arms supplier.
The Brooklyn Connection, a feature-length (60 min.) documentary based on material from Stacy Sullivan’s book, Be Not Afraid, For You Have Sons in America, follows Krasniqi as he raises money, solicits political support, purchases arms and supplies, smuggles his purchases into Kosovo, and, like any normal father, celebrates his child’s birthday with a family barbeque on the roof of his Brooklyn home.
Krasniqi’s ability to easily and legally purchase weapons suitable for a guerrilla army raises questions about U.S. policy. Can the United States broker peaceful solutions to conflicts like the one in Kosovo when the conflict is being sustained by arms obtained through American gun shows, retailers, catalogues, and websites?
As The Brooklyn Connection provokes viewers to examine the worldwide impact of U.S. firearms laws, it also challenges people to consider their own ideas about patriotism, national identity, and independence. As an outreach tool, the film can spark frank discussions about the connections between human rights, U.S. foreign policy, the value of gun ownership, and the ultimate safety of American citizens...
The filmmaker asks Florin, 'Do you think the Americans are victims of their own weapons?' Florin points to examples like the Columbine shootings and says that “they are victims of their own weapons every day.”