While the civilian casualty crisis grows ever more alarming in the states, the police in Norway haven’t had to kill a single person for over 10 years! This strikes a huge alarm bell that there is something seriously wrong with the way some nations are being treated – this has to stop.
Norway is one of the most peaceful nations on the planet, and as a result the police force hardly ever have to use their guns. In fact, 2006 was the last time the Norwegian police actually shot and killed someone – that’s over a decade ago! Even the horrific incident of 2011, when terrorist Anders Breivik opened fire and killed 77 people in Utoya, the authorities only fired back at him once. Across the whole of 2014, Norwegian police drew their guns a total of 42 times, firing only 2 shots whilst on duty. Compared to the rates at which the police force in the USA draw their weapons and actually kill civilians, it is clear that there is something wrong – particularly when the aspects of peace, overall crime rate and civilian deaths are added. In the year of 2015, US police killed over 600 people.
Unlike the USA, guns are not a major part of police activity in Norway – which is one reason why the shooting rates are so low. Experts say that by reevaluating the law enforcement system in the US, in particular having more emphasis on face to face interactions as opposed to using force, there could be a huge drop in the overall shooting rates across the board. Building a trust between a nation and its law enforcement is the most important yet most complicated task. Sociologist Guðmundur “Gummi” Oddsson said:
“Trust is an extremely powerful mechanism of informal social control. In smaller, more ethnically homogeneous countries like Norway, building that trust is easy. People feel a sense of togetherness for many reasons, including the fact that most people look similar and hold similar beliefs.”
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