What the ? Over kill

Discussion in 'Coffee Shop' started by Minkey, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. Minkey

    Minkey Ok it was me Club Sponsor

    Went to Birmingham today, when we got back to Moore Street station, there was 2 armed officers several other police people and a portable screening device. Ok I am in favour of the police trying to reduce knife crime by screening people in public places (and they do a difficult job well) but did they need two armed officers who had what looked like machine guns ???:machinegun:
     
  2. derek kelly

    derek kelly The Deli lama Club Sponsor

    Maybe not overkill, if they find somebody who is armed they may be reluctant to give up their weapons, those gpmg’s may be the difference between life & death.
     
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  3. andyBeaker

    andyBeaker Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

     
  4. derek kelly

    derek kelly The Deli lama Club Sponsor

    Good reply beaker
     
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  5. andyBeaker

    andyBeaker Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor


    Always easy to criticise plod when there isn't a full picture of why they are doing what they are doing.

    I believe the current level of threat from terrorist attacks is 'severe' (one below the highest state on the five point scale).

    I recall the first time I saw armed officers in The City of London in the 1980s - it made me do a double take but once I took it in I found it reassuring.
     
  6. andyBeaker

    andyBeaker Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    It was better that yours!!

    :flipa:
     
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  7. Cougar377

    Cougar377 Express elevator to hell Club Sponsor

    I think a gimpy might just be a wee bit over the top for urban policing. :D
     
  8. Minkey

    Minkey Ok it was me Club Sponsor

    I am not critisising the police and understand the unarmed police need some back up, but would they really have shot anyone who didn't want to hand over their knife???

    Maybe it is just me I am not used to seeing armed police around and feel uncomfortable with it.
     
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  9. andyBeaker

    andyBeaker Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    Personally I would like to see the law changed that anyone carrying a knife or a gun is convicted on the basis that they were going to use it rather than just carry it.

    If someone pulls a knife on plod than I would prefer that they were shot than plod endangered.

    It's all going to change when I come to power.
     
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  10. derek kelly

    derek kelly The Deli lama Club Sponsor

    If someone refuses to hand over a weapon then it can be safely assumed that they want to use that weapon, bullet to the head will prevent that.
     
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  11. Squag1

    Squag1 Can't remember.... Club Sponsor

    They've had them armed always from day 1 in N.I. as far as I recall.
    Then they had the army.

    Apparently, according to the news, armed gardai units are already rostered for border counties.
     
  12. Centaur

    Centaur Site Pedant Club Sponsor

    And in the Free State, Alec. My father carried a gun in Donegal when he was 18 in the RIC! :eek:
     
  13. Squag1

    Squag1 Can't remember.... Club Sponsor

    Was that not before the "free state"
    My father joined in 1923 I think but was never armed.
    I think he was in the IRB/IRA but stood down though his brother didn't.
    Don't know how that was reconciled.
     
  14. Centaur

    Centaur Site Pedant Club Sponsor

    Yes it was, Alec.
     
  15. Cougar377

    Cougar377 Express elevator to hell Club Sponsor

    Same should apply to anyone who gets into a car drunk or drugged up. It's a deliberate intent to endanger the lives of others.
    No different to someone standing in the street firing off a pistol randomly in all directions..."Oh I didn't mean to hurt anyone".
     
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  16. Squag1

    Squag1 Can't remember.... Club Sponsor

    New Zealand now :eek::eek::eek:
     
  17. Dickiebird

    Dickiebird Been there, and had one Club Sponsor

    I believe someone was shot dead by the police in Birmingham today. Probably connected to the above
     
  18. Cougar377

    Cougar377 Express elevator to hell Club Sponsor

    Wow. That's some marksmanship. ;)
     
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  19. sr71caspar

    sr71caspar B̶a̶n̶n̶e̶d̶ Club Sponsor

    Possible a Merkin Warthog?
     
  20. Cougar377

    Cougar377 Express elevator to hell Club Sponsor

    You don't need precision marksmanship with an A10... a grid reference will do. :D
     
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