It is an issue of necessity not of supposed and loudly promoted requirement for a peaceful society.
Cops are paid responders, they clean up the messes made by individuals being individuals. A simple way to look at it is this…enforcers for mobs and cartels do what and why? So if cops do only what they are told, respond to crimes committed and almost always kill innocents (including but not limited to four legged innocents) when situations arise, how are they any different then mob or cartel enforcers?
Government is the largest protection racket/mob on the planet bar none, and this includes all governments for none of them are meant to promote individual liberty but rather to promote general order. Police by definition are meant to enforce that order, not too protect you and I. Whenever you and I prove we are more capable of protecting ourselves, there will almost always be a limited amount of press or promotion of this simple fact. The average individual is in fact far more capable of protecting themselves then the police are. This is simply a fact based in numbers.
In 1829 Peel’s Metropolitan Police Act established a full-time, professional and centrally-organized police force for the Greater London area, known as the Metropolitan Police. The purpose of this police force was to ensure public order. And was in fact a response to radicals attempting to raise support for unions etc., at the time. This is a little known and almost completely ignored facet of the idea of public policing as introduced by Peele.
The Peelian Principles are as follows,
To prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative to their repression by military force and severity of legal punishment.
To recognise always that the power of the police to fulfil their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and behaviour, and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect.
To recognise always that to secure and maintain the respect and approval of the public means also the securing of the willing co-operation of the public in the task of securing observance of laws.
To recognise always that the extent to which the co-operation of the public can be secured diminishes proportionately the necessity of the use of physical force and compulsion for achieving police objectives.
To seek and preserve public favour, not by pandering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to law, in complete independence of policy, and without regard to the justice or injustice of the substance of individual laws, by ready offering of individual service and friendship to all members of the public without regard to their wealth or social standing, by ready exercise of courtesy and friendly good humour, and by ready offering of individual sacrifice in protecting and preserving life.
To use physical force only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient to obtain public co-operation to an extent necessary to secure observance of law or to restore order, and to use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.
To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
To recognise always the need for strict adherence to police-executive functions, and to refrain from even seeming to usurp the powers of the judiciary of avenging individuals or the State, and of authoritatively judging guilt and punishing the guilty.
To recognise always that the test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, and not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with them.
A cursory examination of the principles show a basic desire for goodness, however misplaced in the idea that society can and should be run by what is known as rule of law, or government making laws as they see fit.
Americans adopted his principles and modern policing is almost entirely based in Peelian principles and approaches.
Now you know, does it change your views and approaches?
Remember, an individual who takes charge of their decisions and the resulting actions of those, this individual is far more capable of defense of self and loved ones then the individual who chooses instead to rely on others for their defense. Statistics, yes, by default my having firearms in the house has a greater potential of incident involving firearms then in a house with none. This is simple logic, I accept that my decisions and actions are mine alone, do you?
Free the mind and the body will follow