|Thanks to the Police Federation October Newsletter for the phot.|
The horror, tragedy and suffering that we have just seen one person unleash in Las Vegas was so wrong. I do not know those who suffered or their families, but I still hold them in my thoughts and wish them peace. Professionally I respect the first responders who went to the scene. I wonder how we, I, would have managed the incident. It really did make me think about how I feel toward carrying a firearm.
Then I saw the article in the Police Federation newsletter from which I borrowed the picture above. The title of this article made me sit up and feel a little worried that we, the Old Bill, The Job, The Bobbies had decided it was time to go for it. The title was:
"Member survey shows increased support for routine arming"
But I felt calmer when I read the following.
“Despite the atrocities seen this year, a terror threat that only goes up, never down, and prolonged pressure heaped on officers, they still hold on to the principle of policing by consent, with two thirds of officers not wishing to be routinely armed if given the choice.”
Thankfully the decision on how we arm the police is not solely up to the police federation or the police themselves. I am sure you will be asked what you think too. So whilst the headlines are instantly pushing bad news into our faces, and you are seeing more specialist firearms officers out and about, I don't think you will see the likes of me routinely armed any time soon. But then again, that is just my own, individual, unofficial, gunphobic opinion.
There, just wanted to get that off my chest. I now need to concentrate on something closer to home for a while.
May your driving be smooth, your kindness strong and your materialism honest.