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reply to post by abe froman
Because shooting and killing a suspect before talking to them historically hasn't gone down well and generally pisses people off.
In America I would guess that every cop approaches a suspect with the thought in the back of his mind that any time this dude could pull a gun on me.
In the uk the worst is going to be a knife
I think thats what it comes down to, cops in America get itchy trigger figures and in the UK its guns are just such a non-issue for every day policing.
As I was going home along the Cowley Road [at half past two in the morning, following a party], a police-car on the other side of the street went off, went round Magdalen roundabout, and came after me. The occupant got out and called me over, addressing me as “pal”. He asked me what my name was, where I had come from. He said he was looking for an eighteen-year old boy called Joseph Merrill and asked me if I had seen him. He asked also where I worked and how old I was, and finished by enjoining me to “give him a shout” if I saw the said Joseph. I pointed out that I didn’t know what the boy looked like ( and perhaps I should have asked him how to go about “giving him a shout”). He said the boy was middle height, “like yourself”, eighteen years old, etc., and let me go. If he was really looking for the boy, the later questions seemed to have little point unless he thought I might be him, in which case I was surprised that he didn’t want further identification before I went on my way. The other possibility, which only occurred to me later, was that the boy was non-existent, just an excuse to stop me, which would make the whole conversation much more intelligible.
Exactly....there's no way the public would ALLOW the police to all carry firearms.
The criminals in England are table doilies compared to the criminals in the US. You're darn right, you had better go out anywhere in the US with your eyes, ears, and all senses wide open. I saw a documentary that the FBI has no idea how many serial killers travel the freeways seeking their prey, but it is a lot.
The police have all the powers if they wanted to actually arm every officer but most of the force don't want it and a lot do fear it would start an arms race and no one wants anymore trouble than already is going around even the criminals as the slightest mention of a gun in an area and theres armed police everywhere cutting into their business plus its a mandatory 5 years minimum for owning an unlicensed gun and point it at a copper and you'll probably get 10+ years