Five Countries where Police Do Not Carry Firearms

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/02/18/5-countries-where-police-officers-do-not-carry-firearms-and-it-works-well/
Number of people killed by police in US in March 2015: 111
Number of people killed by police in UK since 1900: 52

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/02/18/5-countries-where-police-officers-do-not-carry-firearms-and-it-works-well/ Number of people killed by police in US in March 2015: 111 Number of people killed by police in UK since 1900: 52
Its not really a fair comparison. U.S. citizens own more guns per capita than any other country in the world There are also many social differences between these countries that affect crime rates, especially violent crimes. Finally there is a cowboy mentality that comes from our frontier history. We have a right to bear firearms that some people (not me) think is as important as free speech. Police and the people who support them are no different. It would take an awful lot to get guns out of their hands. I think it might be possible though to get guns off of their holsters and perhaps force them to keep them stored safely in a locked container in the car such that using them requires more thought and less knee jerk reflex.
... Finally there is a cowboy mentality that comes from our frontier history. We have a right to bear firearms that some people (not me) think is as important as free speech. Police and the people who support them are no different. It would take an awful lot to get guns out of their hands. I think it might be possible though to get guns off of their holsters and perhaps force them to keep them stored safely in a locked container in the car such that using them requires more thought and less knee jerk reflex.
There is a law coming to Texas that will change the concealed carry license to open carry. We may soon, again, literally see "cowboys" with holstered 6-shooters on the streets.