and that's as should be.
i'd like to see a lot more unarmed policemen here, given they're in non threatening jobs.
i feel that would be highly sensible.
i also feel that were firearms 'will issue' (for purposes of self defense, specifically, in the UK) .. in other words, if you CLAIM you need one, (and barring any history of antisocial violence).. you should have one.
and that applies, IMO, to police officers too. i certainly don't think they MUST have them. I merely think the single right of armed self defense is essential to the liberty on which civilization rests.
as that is unsupported culturally in the UK, it is my thesis that liberty will erode substantially, obviously, and ongoingly as a result.
let the evidence speak, my opinion is irrelevant.
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