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Unporifitable Servant wrote: "... Michael Winner stated that he had put up memorials to 44 officers and that he believed, "It is almost certain that at least 38 of those [Police Officers] would be alive had they been armed"
Maybe they should reconsider,at least for their officers, those 38 families would have appreciated it.
Since you have not yet had chance to respond with the source data, a search of my own found this: http://www.rollofhonour.org/memorial/memorial_trust/pmt-memorials.htm
The underlying data appears to reflect 1. England only 2. The period 1966 to 2009. 3. Includes an act of war committed by a foreign government. 4. Includes at least 5 others killed by terrorists.
How the late Mr Winner can ascertain that at least 38 of these would be alive if they had been armed is impossible to fathom.
US police officers are armed, and by the late Mr Winner's statistics 86% impervious to these fatalities, so we would expect much better statistics from the USA.
However, US Dept of Justice figures show - 1,820 law enforcement officers were murdered between 1976 and 1998.
The sacrifices of all the fallen should be honoured. Trying to make spurious political capital out of 44 fallen English officers is not honourable.
Unporifitable Servant wrote: Hey John, hope all is well. There is a biblical warrant, David's life was threatened by Goliath and he used the WEAPONS AVAILABLE to kill his enemy. We also don't have gun-toting murderers slouching down every sidestreet and boulevard. If you can't use a gun in UK then you can't use one, we don't have that restriction here and you did not used to have it there. Seeing that the powers that be are ordained of God and they have granted us the right to bear arms, then we have here a God given right to bear arms. Meanwhile in the UK, "In 2010, following the serious injury of an unarmed officer in a knife attack, the chairman of the Police Memorial Trust, Michael Winner stated that he had put up memorials to 44 officers and that he believed, "It is almost certain that at least 38 of those [Police Officers] would be alive had they been armed" Maybe they should reconsider,at least for their officers, those 38 families would have appreciated it.
And in the interests of balance, how many US police officers have been killed by firearms in the same time period as those 44?