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Police in the UK do not routinely carry guns. That is a good thing. I feel all the safer for it. This has the ramification of needing to de-escalate scenarios rather than shoot first, get it over with, and work out what to do later.

Salt Lake City police have been receiving training on this and the results have been pretty damned good. Here is a video showing the outcome:

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Here is what it looks like in action in the UK:

YouTube video

This is a video I have shown before.

The police chief in Salt Lake City talks about it here:

YouTube video

In a gun-obsessed culture, the first and possibly easiest step is to address the police’s actions, and the police culture itself.

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Jonathan MS Pearce

A TIPPLING PHILOSOPHER Jonathan MS Pearce is a philosopher, author, columnist, and public speaker with an interest in writing about almost anything, from skepticism to science, politics, and morality,...