Politically correct Parents conflicted about armed Police

British armed police patrol London’s Leicester Square in July 2005, following the suicide bombings on the London transport system.

British Police have become more and more militarised in response to the ongoing terror attacks inside the UK and British children are becoming more and more accustomed to seeing armed police. Being a cop is already a really difficult job and it must have warmed the hearts of the West Midlands Police when they were sent thank you letters from local primary students for their efforts to protect the British public.

A thank-you letter sent to the police (Photo: SWNS.com)

British Police have been armed to protect the public as terrorists cannot be stopped with cuddles and soft words. The public feels safer because they are armed yet some parents while grateful for the protection provided, reacted badly to what I think was a lovely gesture from the Midlands Police in response to the thank you letters.

Children pictured with the plastic guns on the fake firing range (Photo: SWNS.com) The event was organised by police after pupils from the school sent letters of support to officers after keeping them safe following the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London.

…Police have been accused of glamorising weapons after children as young as seven were pictured brandishing plastic machine guns to take aim at ‘ terrorist targets’ at a mock firing range.

West Midlands Police invited a class of pupils from Kings Norton Primary School, in Birmingham, to visit a firearms training facility for an event entitled ‘Ready, aim, smile!’

But parents were horrified after pictures emerged of the young year three pupils laughing as they ‘fired’ the guns at fake targets and tried on police riot gear.

Parents have accused police of “sending out the wrong message” by encouraging young children to use weapons and making shooting terrorists appear like a “game.”

The message is actually really simple. We are here to shoot the bad guys. We will use our weapons to protect the public. Shooting the bad guys has been a part of Western culture for a very long time. Children shoot the bad guys in the schoolyard while playing. They shoot them when playing games online. Guns are as much a symbol of protection as they are of violence. The police made the exercise fun and these pathetic politically correct parents make me sick. They are happy for these cops to risk their lives to protect the public but object to any kind of a positive message around the use of firearms.

…Kings Norton School said they has supported the visit because they wanted pupils to be able to learn about the police and the job they are doing to keep them safe.

The school said it was part of a wider event to educate pupils about the job the police do, and for them not to be scared, after they questioned teachers about seeing more armed officers appearing on the streets in the wake of the recent terror attacks.
One dad, who only wanted to give his first name, David, said: “Explaining to children about why there are police carrying guns on the streets is one thing but actually getting them to pose up laughing while pretending to fire these weapons at, who? Terrorists? Well that sends out the wrong message in my book.

“The police even put out a press release on the internet, entitled ‘Ready, aim…smile!’ I’m sorry but I don’t see anything remotely cheerful about raising a gun.

“What it does is glamorise guns and makes shooting terrorists nothing more than a game.

“Children should be taught about terrorism in the same way as they are taught about stranger danger and road safety.”

…”I fully get and support that children need to rebuild confidence in our police services, I just think there were better ways of doing so then playing target practice.”

Another said: “Not comfortable with these pupils practicing shooting even if it’s with toy guns…

…”Parents don’t like buying toy guns let alone showing them real ones. Not sure about this at all.”

Headteacher Mike Tromans said the event…was not about glamorising weapons but teaching pupils about the role of the police so they feel safe on the streets and understand what officers do. He said it included a number of elements – not just learning about guns.

…this was part of a wider event where children were invited to learn about police in the community and the work they do. They were not just on the firing range, they were also able to talk to police officers and look inside patrol cars.

“The children were given plastic guns to show what a part of policing is sadly about. Sometimes they sadly have to use firearms. I don’t think this is glamorising guns…

“It’s about the bigger picture. It’s about what is being done to protect our way of life in this country and make us feel feel confident to walk the streets. We want our little people to feel safe.
…She said: “It was a lovely surprise for us to be invited to the police base and the pupils had a fantastic time, especially on the range and using the sirens and flashing lights; as you’d expect the noisy things proved particularly popular.

“Quite a few of the children said how they’d like to be police officers.”

…In a police press release published after the event Sergeant Mike Dunbar said: “It’s great that children are having discussions in school about issues such as security, we want children to feel at ease approaching and speaking to our officers.

“You hear parents telling children if they don’t do as they’re told then they’ll tell a police officer.

“I know it’s only light-hearted but for children to be scared of seeing police, or see them as an intimidating authority figure, is the last thing we want.

“You can see from the photos and from the looks on the kids’ faces on the day that they all had a wonderful time, they were our VIPs for the day and it was a pleasure to host them.

…A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “The pupils had sent in letters of appreciation to officers for keeping the public safe in the wake of recent events after seeing an increase in armed officers on the streets.

“The visit was also used as an opportunity for us to take the time out to talk with the children and stress to them that they shouldn’t feel scared and that we are here to keep people safe and give them an insight into our work.”

-mirror.co.uk


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