Whenever I read this first sentence all I can think of is the "Paul Blart, Mall Cop" movie. In theory it sounds good but per your further statement regarding "deranged school kids" well, I refer back to my original last post about the victim staring down a barrel. How is intel gonna help this poor person RIGHT NOW. It's not. An armed cop may, or may not but I bet the would be victim will take the 50/50 odds over zero chance.
What is the answer? Aiding/protecting the public is the officers primary goal. How is not being able to neutralize a threat, and more casualties going to look? In the aftermath the police are going to take it in the shorts by the public and many will demand change.
To me this is a cop-out (no pun intended). We cannot fear harder resolve from a criminal just because we adjust out tactics and training. Why even do the job then? Let the crims run amok so we don't offend them.
Yes Howard, but we have been down this street a hundred times, with you and SCT, basically we get the message "More guns, less shootings"
Unfortunately no matter how many times you try to justify it you still have regular shooting sprees in the US where people die at the hands of some nutter and then they usually end up dying from self inflicted injuries. You've had about a further half dozen since we last debated this subject. We don't have the same problems as you, no matter what or where you've heard anecdotal evidence to the contrary.
We have armed police, they can and do respond to shootings on the comparatively rare occasions when we have them.
I am not talking about "Criminals", and I am not sure what you are talking about in relation to 'offending them' or people running 'amok'. What has this got to do with religious tolerance and extremism?
We were discussing Active Shooters and Terrorist attacks, and no matter what you think or say, intelligence and the Counter Terrorist Methods we use in the UK are successful. As Roger Dodge rightly said, there will always be the loner who slips under the radar, and any idiot with a gun and a little bit of fore thought can kill a lot of people very quickly, no matter how many armed cops you have, and then either kill himself or let the cops do it for him in a blaze of glory.
You can't prevent that with all the armed cops in the world, any more than we can.
Now I honestly don't have the time to get involved in another futile debate about 'Our methods are better than yours' or 'If everyone carried guns there would be no crime', I've heard it all before (its like groundhog day) it just isn't accurate or true in the UK, because you still have more shooting sprees in a year than we have ever had in this country since the English Civil war in 1642.
I realise that in the US a completely different set of circumstances exists than in the UK. You have millions of guns in circulation among criminals and 'law abiding citizens' as well as psychopaths, heck, its their right to bear arms. Perhaps if you came to terms with that you would have a better grasp of the situation over here.