Majority of Gazette readers say every police officer should carry a Taser
A majority of Gazette readers believe police officers should carry Tasers as a ‘must-have’ requirement to protect themselves against violent crime.
A multi-million pound Government fund has been made available to supply police forces in England and Wales with Taser stun guns.
We asked in our daily Facebook poll: “Do you think every officer should be allowed to carry a Taser?”
More than 500 voters took part in the online poll and a majority of 88% said ‘yes’ in response to the question, agreeing that every officer should be allowed to carry a taser.
This is what readers had to say:
Leonard Capstick said: “They must be kept safe at all times in this crazy society.”
Darrell Popeye Mckeith said: “As long as use of force laws are followed.”
Aaron Oliphant said: “Everyone has an inherent right to self defence using appropriate and adequate force. Taser them up.”
Andy Capp said: “It’s only one step away from a gun and you only have to look at the misuse in America with them, that makes me think they are a bad idea.”
Shaza Storey said: “I certainly wouldn't want all police to be armed with guns.
“I’d like to keep guns away from streets, but tasers when necessary are needed.”
Brian Jackson said: “For me it’s imperative that the protection of our police comes first and if supplying them all with tasers does that then so be it.”