GUN NO. 6 A

THE STORY OF BRI­TAIN’S DEAD­LI­EST GUN

Real Crime - - Home Invasion - RE­LEASED OUT NOW DI­REC­TOR JAMES NEW­TON DIS­TRIB­U­TOR PARK CIR­CUS Kather­ine McLaugh­lin

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

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