posted on Aug, 12 2014 @ 09:37 AM
a reply to: Xeven
Time to disarm our cops? Seems to me the common cop should not be armed. If responding to a situation where there is a need for weapons they
should call in the US Armed forces or a small highly trained armed response force who would not be emotionally tied to the area or situations, who
would not be a part of day to day patrols and policing.
So you are arguing to disarm the police and call the Army or SWAT team in when there is a violent situation? First, most police shootings occur in
seconds. The whole prolonged, running gun battle is sensationalized by Hollywood and very rarely occurs in the real world.
Most police shootings occur when a person suddenly displays a hidden weapon during a routine stop and attempts to use it on an officer.
First, we have laws that prevent the Army from being used on citizens of the US.
Second, SWAT teams need time to respond.
So how is this going to help the unarmed patrol officer who is suddenly presented with someone using a weapon against them?
The only reason cops in certain countries can go unarmed is because guns are illegal in those countries. Also, violent crime in those countries is
less per capita. In the US, guns are everywhere and there is no shortage of violent criminals who use them. Because guns are everywhere and there
are so many violent criminals to use them, the police must be equipped to fight back.
It is painfully obvious that law enforcement cannot handle equipping their forces with guns as we have way to many incidents of misuse
resulting in innocent or unneeded deaths of people and even pets.
Sure, you can point to the few instances where an a innocent person was killed due to a misunderstanding or confusion on the part of the police but
for every instance this has occurred, there are 10s if not 100s of instances where an officer justifiably shot someone. I think you are grossly
misinformed about the subject and you are buying into the hype.