Guns and Gangs. The Inside Story of the War on our Streets by Graeme McLagan

By Graeme McLagan

An exceptional research into the surprising realities of gun crime on Britain's streets.

Guns and Gangs lifts the lid on a highly vital modern day challenge – a dear challenge either when it comes to funds and younger lives. After terrorism, the one maximum fear for legislation enforcement organizations is gun crime, and specifically 'black on black' shooting.

McLagan has had particular entry to police documents and case histories. along his findings from those files are interviews with law enforcement officials, sufferers and their households, witnesses, attorneys and perpetrators of gun crime. the result's a special, interesting and scary exposé of the tense fact at the back of this plague on our streets.

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Some argue that it is wrong to concentrate on particular ethnic minorities – that doing so unfairly stigmatises whole communities. However, it is a sad reality that about seventy per cent of the capital’s gun murders and shootings involve so-called black-on-black violence, and Scotland Yard set up the successful and highly regarded Operation Trident to deal specifically with gun crime in the black community, whether by Jamaicans, Africans or British-born blacks. Of course, only a tiny minority of people in these communities are gun criminals.

I put my head a bit lower. ’ He played dead, and somehow survived, although he was left with a vivid scar on his neck where the knife had cut. Avril had no such luck. The gunman had held his weapon to her forehead and fired. Then he fired a second time, almost certainly aiming for her husband on the other side of the bed. He missed, and the bullet passed through the edge of the mattress, ending up in the bedroom wall. Avril Johnson died later in hospital. The police had no idea who the killers were.

People would carry guns to do armed robberies – that was the big thing in the 1980s. Some people got shot, but it wasn’t lots like now. These were the first guys getting whacked. People were surprised and shocked when they heard about someone getting shot. ’ Tony Miller was caught by police after a chase following a street robbery. He was seventeen and given twelve months in a detention centre, run on the lines of a ‘boot camp’ with strong discipline, a place where they were forced to march everywhere.

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