"America has 6 times more people than England but only 3.2 times as many deaths in the line of duty. If you mean the entirety of the United Kingdom, then America only has 5 times as many people as the UK but still only 3.2 times as many death in the line of duty. Please try again."
Okay, BM, I will.
My source for the original post was TIME magazine. What is yours? The subject here, remember, is what is the cause and effect value on crime of cops carrying guns, not just comparing the death ratios of cops to population. More cops in general here are killed in automobile accidents that gun fights, but that's neither here nor there.
Here's more from another source, the Law Enforcement Encyclopedia:
"Firearms were implicated in about half of all deaths of police officers in the 20th Century in the U.S. Since the 1970s, guns have been claiming more lives: 405 officers were killed in the 1970s, 426 in the 1980s, and 651 in the 1990s. Guns claimed the lives of 6,846 officers over the last century, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund."
Do we need stricter gun control laws in this country? Could such legislation help control police deaths? Hmm.
Try harder? This is from the BMJ Publishing group on preventing injuries to police officer:
"During the 20th century, 585 police officers in New York and 160 police officers in London died while participating in law enforcement activities. New York had markedly greater intentional police mortality rates compared to London throughout most of the 20th century. Intentional gunshot wounds comprised 290 police deaths in New York, but only 14 police deaths in London. In New York, gun shot wounds (both intentional and unintentional) accounted for 51.6% of occupational police deaths. In London, motor vehicle collision was the most common cause (47.5%) of occupational police death."
I welcome the challenge, BM. I always do my homework. If you have better research than me, please share it. I'm not trying to win an argument here, just trying to get to the truth.