About a month ago 2 police officers were killed in a "Gun and grenade attack" in Greater Manchester, UK: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukn...-shot-dead-in-Manchester-as-man-arrested.html This lead to the inevitable re birth of the topic "Should we arm our police force?" This will not happen in the UK, at least not in the foreseeable future, however once every few years an incident will occur which leads certain people to ask the question - Incidentally carrying guns would not have saved the lives of the two very unfortunate officers in the case above. A discussion (among some friends) around the issues of an armed police force followed (escalation, cost of adequate training, the responsibility of effectively having a button that will instantly end a life and how easy it is to make snap judgements in 'heated' situations) this subsequently lead to us discussing general firearm licencing laws, home and abroad. Now, in the UK we generally have a very "Guns are used to kill people - Guns are bad" attitude in fact a 2006 survey of 47,328 Police Federation members found 82% did not want officers to be routinely armed on duty, despite almost half saying their lives had been "in serious jeopardy" during the previous three years - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19641398 and to that end we often look at Americas apparently relaxed attitude to firearms as curious. This lead me to wonder what the general public in the US feel about the current gun culture, I was reading some general facts and figures on fire arm policy (link below) and I understand that laws generally differ slightly from state to state but generally is there a feeling that wide spread possession of fire arms is a bad thing? (88.8 guns per 100 people, 25% of adults owning a firearm - According to the links below anyway) or is it so ingrained into the culture that little thought is paid to the matter on a day to day basis? Although this is directed at the Americans out there (I imagine you are in the majority on this forum) obviously I would welcome some insight into laws and the general feelings of non Americans reading this - It would interesting to compare and contrast ideas and opinions from around the world! http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/united-states http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_politics_in_the_United_States Ben. N.B - For the sake of saying my bit I very much follow the general public opinion in England that the distribution of firearms or even the arming of the police force (with the exception of specialist tactical units) will do a lot more harm than good... although I welcome any attempt to change my opinion on that matter.