Walk down Madison Avenue in New York. Many posh stores have, on view, or behind a two-way mirror, an armed guard. Walk into most any pawnshop, jewelry story, currency exchange, gold store in the country, and there will be an armed guard nearby. Why? As currency, jewelry, gold are precious. Who complains about the presence of these armed guards? And is this wealth more precious than our children?
Apparently it is: for the Left adduces arguments against armed presence in the school but not in the wristwatch stores. Q. How many accidental shootings occurred last year in jewelry stores, or on any premises with armed security guards? Why not then, for the love of God, have an armed presence in the schools?
There is call for police to be slightly more heavily armed than civilians. For whereas you and me have the right to defend ourselves and others, police have the powers—and they are legitimate ones—to chase people down in order to effect arrest and to keep the peace, which nay involve crowd control. Also, they may lay siege to fortified positions in order to execute lawful warrants or resolve hostage situations, beyond what would be justified for private individuals.
Aside from that, and remember they must all be lawful, no, they don’t need anything more than Average Joe.