posted on Jul, 10 2010 @ 03:39 PM
To return to the original question: No.
I LIKE having people on the beat that can defuse a situation without starting to wave guns.
After the bus-bombing in London, there were coppers with mp5's EVERYWHERE around every station, underground entry etc. All that firepower everywhere,
scared the heebies out of me. Wat if a copper would stumble???
It is the basic choice between: Do we want an arm's race between cops&robbers, or do we want a way of dealing with criminals that does not involve
Mace and tazers would be enough for me.
I know, I know, there will always be people that go for a gun when committing crimes, but currently we are having a bigger problem with kids
brandishing knives than with guns especially because guns are not very common. I'd like to keep it that way. Knives are easily dealt with
wearing knife-vests, tazers and mace...... no guns needed.
And remember: For extreme cases, there are still the firearms teams to call in. They specifically train for such events, it's their
And, not unimportant, we shouldn't forget that GB and USA are, despite the language, still two different cultures.
edited to remove unwanted smiley
[edit on 7/10/2010 by diakrite]