A couple of cops are shot, one killed, when responding to a call of an armed robbery in progress. And they are “skeptical” that arming the cops would increase their safety. A couple of hours of simulations with AirSoft guns would answer that question quite decisively but they are so paralyzed by their own hoplophobia they can’t consider the obvious:
Mr Davis accused the government of failing to tackle the source of gun crime and particularly the illegal holding of firearms.
He said gun crime had doubled to around 10-11,000 since 1996 when Thomas Hamilton killed 16 children and a teacher at Dunblane Primary School in Scotland.
Home Secretary Charles Clarke said the government was keen to learn any lessons from the Bradford shootings.
“My main priority is to ensure that guns no longer have a place on our streets and that armed gangs who terrorise innocent people are brought to justice,” he said.
But he signalled his opposition to arming all police, citing evidence from other countries which suggested it encouraged criminals to carry guns.
“I remain sceptical that arming all police officers all of the time would make them safer,” he said, writing in The Sun.
“Indeed, all the experience from other countries where the police carry firearms demonstrates that this only encourages the criminals to arm themselves and potentially to turn law enforcers’ own weapons on to the police themselves.”