I'm british - live in Sweden yes.
Arm British police - yes.
British police have an armed force, that in minutes can be deployed anywhere. Not to the delight of a local farmer I knew, who was killed because he shot a police dog - after blowing out half of the local pub shooting up into the roof- not harming anyone - he was in love with the barmaid, who didn't share his affections. The police "took him out" mainly because of the dog I suspect? We Brits are big deal animal lovers!!!!!!
I think that if the local bobby (cop for you Americans) had been armed this poor farmer would have got a cup of tea in the local "cop -shop" and 2 years for illegal weapons- out after 9 months???
Point of this blog? -would anyone risk the future of their family, and their right to go home in the evening, without the right to protect themselves? Nah. We would not. Killing is an awful aspect, hopefully seldom used.
Arm the police in the UK I say