I’ve been very interested in the history of the police. I’ll have another post about it soon, but check out this little tidbit from Quora.
“…when the Metropolitan Police were formed in London in 1829, they went for the opposite approach and decided that the police should not be armed in order to assert the principle that they maintained order by consent rather than by force. It may be a philosophical point, but it possibly helps to explain the gulf in gun attitudes between Britain and the U.S.”
Of course, that certainly doesn’t stop GCHQ from spying on everyone.