reply to post by kevinunknown
I dont know any 'stats' on the number of armed response police, but do know that there are a few, as their response times quite quick.
Anyway, for the sake of the arguement-
say 1 in 10 police officers carry a gun... Then that means theres a 1 in 10 chance of that weapon being used.
Now if all 10 officers carry guns, then its likely that 10 weapons may be used.
Now obviously they've had training, and now procedure etc, but whats the point of giving everyone a gun?
It wouldnt SOLVE anything.
Using the Moat story as an example, police had numerous chances to catch him, as he returned to fiends houses to give them letters and to make phone
This is the failed police procedure that which should be high-lighted.
Not a case of; - if all the cops had guns, we could have shot him quicker.
Now you could mention Byrd who killed 12 people with a legal weapon.
Armed response where called, but yet again, he slipped through the 'net' to carry-on killing which resulted in him commiting suicide.
What I noticed on BOTH these events is the convoy of police cars. All bunched up.
Concentrating on one area instead of widening the search.
Carrying a gun wouldnt make any diffrence to ''detective'' skills, other than making situations more inflammable.