People often say that if the police are given side-arms, gun crime will explode and the UK would likely turn into South Central LA over night. However, this has not happened in almost every other European country. French, Spanish, German, Dutch, etc, police carry side-arms and their gun crime rates are similar to ours, and in some cases they have even less gun crime. Also, all Japanese police officers are armed, and gun ownership in Japan is HALF the rate of the UK and their gun crime is extremely low. Why makes the UK so exceptional that we couldn't possibly risk arming our police? Are British people just thugs who need to be kept on a short lead and tightly controlled to risk them going mad and turning the country into anarchy? Why couldn't we possibly arm our police when almost every other country is able to? Is it just good old English left-wing limp-wristism?