Lord Alan Sugar, English business magnate, media personality, and most famous for being the boss on the UK’s version of The Apprentice, said something unexpected today – at least unexpected from him. “Seriously it is time now to arm all of our police officers. The tradition of the British Bobby has been great , but times have changed,” he tweeted.
Seriously it is time now to arm all of our police officers. The tradition of the British Bobby has been great , but times have changed @gmb
— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) July 12, 2017
To many Americans, the idea of an unarmed police officer sounds outrageous at the best of times, let alone at a time in history when Jihad terrorist attacks are increasingly common. To many British, however, guns are seen as scary and bad, firearms are heavily restricted, and the USA’s more permissive gun laws are frowned upon.
It is doubtful that anyone familiar with Lord Sugar would accuse him of being a gun nut, but his comment that police officers should be armed was met with derision by many of his Twitter followers.
One Twitter user’s argument against police having guns: A bullet might accidentally hurt someone!
Why does it have to be bullets? Why put officers in situations where one mistake from them would kill a civilian? This isn’t America.
— Crippy Cooke (@CrippyCooke) July 12, 2017
Argument 2: Carrying a gun might be too much “pressure” for some police officers.
Maybe not all police want the pressure of carrying weapons?
— Tom (@tomdde) July 12, 2017
Argument 3: How dare you give an opinion, Lord Sugar. Do you think you’re better than the police?
How about asking the Police? Have you done that? Or do you just know better than them?
— Mike Rigby (@MikeSRigby) July 12, 2017
Argument 4: One Twitter user believes the police in America are trained to use their guns to protect themselves, whereas the British police are trained to de-escalate situations. If that were true, one has to ask how well does the nice “de-escalating” approach actually work on wild eyed terrorists stabbing random people on the street, driving people over with trucks, or trying to blow little girls up at concerts?
police in US are trained to protect themselves first via arms thus escalating an incident but in UK police are trained to deescalate
— saqib mughal (@Saqib_Mughal1) July 12, 2017
One individual mentioned PC Wayne Marques, an incredibly brave officer who fought three armed Islamic terrorists during the London bridge attack with just his baton.
Yes but if that BTP officer had had a gun rather than a baton! How many lives and ser injs would have been saved.
— Mike ESKINS (@MikeEskins) July 12, 2017
PC Marques, a hero having to fight off three murdering terrorists with just a stick, says he still thinks about the eight people he wasn’t able to help.
Which begs the question: With Britain’s rising terrorism problem, isn’t it just common sense for the police to have adequate weapons to protect themselves, not only for their own benefit, but to save the lives of others?