This was out of 143,770 police officers in England and Wales, which means less than 5% of officers are allowed to carry a firearm. What are the arguments for and against police officers carrying firearms? Arguments For: An armed police force will deter criminal behaviour - Most countries in Europe and North America have armed police forces. Armed criminals can be found everywhere. This means that criminals don’t have to worry about the police being able to defend themselves with guns and so it makes it easier for them to commit crimes.
The expandable baton is an impact weapon made up of steel and is a physical and psychological deterrent to aggression. It is typically used/ deployed when an assailant is actively resisting with intent to cause serious bodily harm or death. The Taser model currently used by law enforcement is the x26. It is an electronic control device that during a full probe deployment, will deliver about 1,200 peak volts of electricity for 5 seconds. There are advantages and disadvantages to these less than lethal devices.
Conducted Energy Devices, such as the Taser and Stun gun, can induce involuntary muscle contractions that temporarily incapacitate people. Directed Energy Devices use radiated energy to achieve the same effect as blunt force, without injury. Chemicals, including pepper spray, tear gas, and stink bombs, are used to incapacitate suspects so officers can catch them and get them handcuffed safely. Distraction Technology temporarily incapacitates people but causes little harm. This includes things like noise, bright lights, and laser dazzler.
In contrast, a conviction for a five year sentence for powder cocaine with the intention to distribute is for 500 grams. The maximum number of years in sentencing for any drugs, including powder cocaine is 1 year. However, possession of 5 grams of crack receives an automatic 5 years in prison. It is also the only drug that carries a mandatory prison sentence for the first offense. (Crack Cocaine Sentencing Policy) Crack is the only drug that has a strict and harsh punishment.
To illustrate Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced Assault Weapons Ban legislation that would ban any weapon with a grip on the premise they are too easy to get and used too often for bad (Feinstein). The NRA states “the average annual number of background checks for the last five years, 2007-2011, is 25 percent higher than for NICS’ first five complete years, 1999-2003” (NRA). The NRA also states “In 2009 alone some 1,868,268 pistols were imported or exported by U.S. manufacturers, according to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) data (NRA). If the old mantra holds true overall crime should be on the rise; however, a 2011 FBI Uniform Crime Report shows violent crime is continuing a decade long downward trend and is down 3.8% from 2010. The recent massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary has overwhelmingly drowned any positive statistics.
There are a lot of shootings that happen in my neighborhood that go unsolved; majority of them don’t even make the News. This is a horrible way to live especially when the Police are supposed to serve and protect. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Guns are a tool that helps people kill or injure someone else. Studies done by the National Commission on the causes and prevention of violence reported that victims are about five times more likely to survive if they were attacked by a knife than a gun (The Huffington Post).
Knowing that 4.5 million of 8 million guns made each year are purchased in the U.S. and only 12% of that 4.5 million are thought to be registered, according to the Kentucky Concealed Carry Coalition, does not ease anyone’s thoughts. Who owns these weapons and are they even mentally stable enough to own a weapon? They could end up being the next murder of hundreds of American citizens. It is unknown how many concealed weapons are truly carried with permits or without, adding to the insecurity that several Americans face each day. In schools, the next visitor could be carrying a semi-automatic .45 caliber handgun to end several innocent lives that didn’t do anything wrong to anyone.
The Dangers of Carrying a Gun In 1985, about 31,600 people were killed with guns, and perhaps another 130,000 people suffered nonfatal gunshot wounds. However, the majority of the deaths, 55%, were suicides, rather than criminal homicides. Only 37% were homicides, 5% were fatal gun accidents, and 1.5% each were due to legal intervention (police officers killing suspects in the line of duty) and to death where it was undetermined whether the injury was intentionally or accidentally inflicted. Moreover, among all deaths due to "external cause,"( i.e. accident, suicide or homicide) a gun was involved in 22% of them, handguns in about 13% of them.
Drinking is held back till 21. This has caused uproar in young adults from coast to coast since its passage in 1984. The United States is the only country on the planet with such legislation that prohibits alcohol to legal adults. Why did the drinking age get to 21? It is thought by prohibiting adults between the ages of 18 and 21 to drink we are saving lives in auto collisions by shielding some 5’000 Americans’ from alcohol.
When texting while driving is takes our eyes off the road for at least 5 seconds or more which, if we think about it anything can happen in 5 seconds behind the wheel. About 77% of people can say that they are a pro at texting while driving, which is obviously not the case because 23% of accidents are caused by texting. About 1,600,000 accidents happen each year according to the National Safety Council. Teens have admitted to texting while driving, and say it’s easy, but did you know that the majority of teens who text while driving spend the most time of typing the message in the other lane. This bad habit does not help the young kids that ride in the car with their parents because the majority of parents either text or talk on the phone while driving with their children in the vehicle.