This happened a few days ago in a suburb near me.
I'm ex-security, mates are ex-cop or ex-con
and we all reckon England had it right with no firearms for regular patrol cops.
Here's the reasoning. You've got a gun. Kid has knife. If you're going to arrest kid with knife and you've got gun, you have to shoot kid with knife to stop kid from getting gun.
Simple answer: you can't afford to have a scuffle with armed offenders when carrying a firearm. So don't bring a gun!
We say: the primary weapon of policing forces is the radio. With it you have instant numbers. Who cares about a knife when you've got thirty two-hundred pound blokes jumping the feller?
So. I understand many yanks love guns like women. They love cops with guns, girls with guns, they'd never stop laughing or loving life if furry animals carried guns.
Opinions. Are 23 year olds who get scared by teens with steak knives, really responsible enough, or commonly well trained enough, to carry guns?