Immediately when mentioning gun crime, most people think of the USA where the ‘right to bear arms’ gives citizens the right to own weapons.
Following the death of PC Beshenivsky, Lord Stevens (a former head of the Metropolitan Police Service) called for the arming of all officers and the re-introduction of the death penalty.
If the USA and England and Wales had the same population size, the USA would have 34 times the number of shooting homicides that the UK has.
The USA still has the death penalty and all its police officers carry weapons.
The UK has a much lower rate of these deaths than most countries. For example, Switzerland and Canada have three times the number of shooting deaths.