I'd like to return to the officer safety excuse.
Is not their job to risk their lives for OUR safety? Isn't that the job of Public Servant?
Since when did putting the public in danger of their own incompetence, or any other SHTF events that may occur, in line with that?
It seems to be the complete opposite of what they are supposed to do. If they want to strut around acting like superman, being in danger while doing nothing more dangerous than the common citizen does every day, etc... If their job is to be in harm's way so that we don't have to be, this whole 'officer safety' concept makes absolutely no sense at all.
It is their job, which we pay them for, to be in dangerous situations. Exactly as, and no more, dangerous than the everyday life that every single one of us lives. Since when did the Public Servant's safety become paramount to those s/he is meant to be 'protecting?' Since when is that job of protecting us served by making us helpless? Or worse, subjecting us the the deadly sporadic competence of supposedly 'well-trained professionals?'