Police officers in Scotland should be armed when responding to incidents involving firearms, according to the Scottish Police Federation.
The call followed the death of Pc Sharon Beshenivsky, who was shot in Bradford on Friday while responding to an armed robbery at a travel agency.
But the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland said arming more officers was unnecessary.
Acpos president Peter Wilson said the nature of policing was “unpredictable”.
This guy is brillant….law enforcement can be unpredictable, who woulda thunk it? I suppose they thought the robbers we’re using nerf guns.
[…]Mr Wilson said the issue of officers carrying firearms was complex and it was sometimes up to them to make the assessment at the scene because of limited information available to their radio controllers.
He said: “Sometimes it means waiting until back-up arrives or waiting until firearms arrive.
Oh come on man, you can’t always wait for backup to arrive, especially if someone is getting hurt. Should they just tell the victim’s families that they had to wait 5 minutes while their loved ones were murdered because all they carry is these purty sticks?
“But it’s unpredictable in most instances what might evolve, that’s the nature of policing.”
Mrs Beshenivsky, 38, a mother-of-three, was fatally shot on the day of her daughter’s fourth birthday.
Her colleague Teresa Milburn, 37, was injured in the shooting.
Both officers were probationers with less than two years’ service.
Six people have been arrested in connection with the shootings.