Originally Posted by chronocide
A cursory look at the amounts of gun related crime in nations where the police are armed compared with where they aren't suggests only having specialist police with weapons is a good idea.
But are countries with police who carry guns more violent because they carry guns, or do they carry guns because they're more violent? Are you implying that having an armed police force leads to more violence, or am I reading too much in to that? It'd be interesting to read some articles about that, if that's actually a popular idea.