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Unarmed Policing Leaves Officers Sitting Ducks For Terrorism In Britain

Posted at 8:40 am on March 23, 2017 by Bob Owens


Today, the British people are coming to grips with yesterday's "lone wolf" terror attack in London. A single assailant plowed his vehicle through pedestrian bridge traffic, injuring 29 people and killing three before crashing into a fence outside Parliament. He then exited his vehicle with a large knife in his hand and was confronted by a veteran police officer with 15 years of experience.

In any American city, town, or village, the responding officer would likely draw his duty-issued handgun and would fire a volley of shots that would likely wound or kill a charging knife-armed attacker.

Unfortunately, PC Keith Palmer was unarmed, a backwards tradition in a post-7/11/05 world where Islamic radicalism is common in England, and the threat of terrorism is at an all-time high.

We now must instead hear about his bravery posthumously.

Writing at The National Review, Tom Rogan notes this failure of the outdated British model of unarmed policing in an age of extremists that can strike anywhere, anytime, with little or no warning. The terrorist-still unnamed by British authorities-would have been a relatively easy target for PC Palmer, if he had been armed. This was not a close-range knife ambush on the officer, but was the culmination of an attack unfolding before him that saw the terrorist have to exit his vehicle and close in on Palmer to attack. An American rookie officer, fresh out of the police academy, would have had ample time and warning to draw, aim, and fire, dropping the terrorist in his tracks, as two armed plainclothes officers did just seconds later.

Unfortunately, PC Palmer, like most of his fellow policemen and his countrymen in general, was not trusted to exercise his natural human right to self defense, and now has lost his life as a result. Let us hope that the British government learns from this failure.