02/18/2015 10:39 am ET Updated Feb 18, 2015

Young Guns

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A gun isn’t a toy, except when it is. And when it is, sometimes it’s hard to tell that it isn’t. And when you can’t tell that it isn’t, you naturally assume that it is. And when you’re a cop who assumes that it is, you tend to respond by drawing your own gun and firing it. That’s how a fake gun can lead to people getting real hurt—or real dead.

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