If you believe American anti-gun agitprop, U.K. gun control laws are so effective the police don’t need to carry guns! Anyone who’s seen MP5-toting cops cruising Heathrow, The City or Buckingham Palace (to name a few) knows the reality doesn’t square with the mythology. Not to mention full-on SWAT teams on permanent standby. Or the existence of British armed response units, ready to swing into action at a moment’s notice.
Now responding to “common” crimes . . .
Police officers carrying Glock 9mm pistols have even been drafted in to catch shoplifters because they are the only unit available.
The fact they are being diverted to such routine calls, however, could seriously hamper their ability to respond to a Paris style gun rampage, police chiefs fear.
Budget cuts have meant that there are now 3,000 fewer police officers on the street since 2009 but the number of firearms officers has increased.
Che Donald, of the Police Federation said: “It goes back to this age old problem that we’ve cut so many officers from the service that it’s impacted on the front line and we’re now having to rely on our armed colleagues.
“I have heard of firearms officers dealing with domestic assaults, a pub fight and violent shoplifters because they were the only crew available.
“While this can be viewed as an intelligent allocation of resources, it also means the capability of deploying an armed unit is reduced.”
Yes, well, Officer Donald neglects to mention that the Brits recently announced they’re adding 600 armed police to the streets of their cities and towns, who will patrol those streets (and waterways) fully armed. Bringing the total of everyday armed cops to 2,800.
Meanwhile, armed British police seem to be dealing with “common crime” without shooting anyone (at least not yet). Instead of holding up British police as an inspiration for civilian disarmament, we should take a closer look at their firearms training. Just a thought.