GUN NO. 6 A
THE STORY OF BRITAIN’S DEADLIEST GUN
fter the Dunblane primary school massacre in March 1996, where 16 children aged between five and six years old and one teacher were killed by a lone gunman armed with four handguns, the UK government decided to pass stricter laws on the possession of guns. In 1997 two new firearms acts were passed, which banned all cartridge ammunition handguns. However, since then a small amount of illegal handguns have been passed around from hand to hand, with shootings in the UK rising in 2000.
This fascinating and sobering documentary traces the destructive path of the deadliest illegal gun in the UK, which has been involved in 11 shootings and three murders over a period of ten years. The whereabouts of the gun is still unknown.
The film begins by introducing West Midlands police officer Andy Hough, who has been involved in the investigations of many of the crimes involving Gun No. 6. He explains the science behind how the gun has been traced over the years and voices his views on why most of the crimes have been left unresolved. Birmingham communities who were distrustful of the police and afraid of local gangs like the ‘ Johnson Crew’ would not give statements, and so the violent cycle continued and escalated, from driveby shootings to armed robbery and then murder. The film suggests a problem with wider society turning a blind eye to things they think do not affect them directly, until it appears on their own doorstep, with criminologist Craig Pinkney backing this theory up.
With that in mind, the film gathers together a group of ex- offenders who re- enact the shootings, engage in therapy sessions with a psychologist and explain their motivations and rehabilitation. The documentary takes on a similar angle to Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act Of Killing in this respect and also opens up the floor for serious discussion by interviewing the families of the murder victims. Distressing CCTV footage of the murder victims’ final moments are also included from the outset.
Testimony from the parents of teenage sons who have been killed shows the aftermath of these crimes and their ripple effect. The documentary begins by introducing the audience to the family of CraigHodson Walker, who was shot and killed by Gun No. 6, and comes full circle by speaking to the ex- wife of the man who murdered him, as a way to effectively portray the tragic cycle of violence and its widerreaching repercussions.
THIS… DOCUMENTARY TRACES THE DESTRUCTIVE
PATH OF THE DEADLIEST ILLEGAL GUN IN THE UK
Gun No. 6 is passed around between criminals in the UK, and has been used in 11 shootings andthree murders