Dan Aykroyd is no stranger to law enforcement or firearms. He served on an auxiliary police committee in Harahan, Louisiana. He calls himself “proficient with a firearm.”
And he also believes that there needs to be “more training in the less lethal alternatives” for officers and believes America is “flat-out gun crazy.”
He made the comments while discussing whether police departments should explore other ways to bring down a suspect without actually killing them on The HuffPost Show:
America is flat-out gun crazy. That’s it, man. … But, of course, it’s guns in the wrong hands. There are alternatives. There’s a Taser, there’s a sound system you can use to disable someone, there’s a high-frequency generator that you can use, there’s a net that you can fire and it completely closes over the top part of the body. So why aren’t we looking into these alternatives?
He added that, back in Canada, pursuits don’t escalate the way it did in the tragic case of Walter Scott, who was gunned down by an officer with at least eight shots in the back while he fled:
At a certain point, you just let the guy go. Up in Canada, usually chases are called off once you get to 50 miles an hour up in a street there in Canada. You back off. You don’t chase them anymore.
You can watch the video here.