First lets get the gun problem into perspective. In the UK, you have more chance of winning over a million pounds on the National Lottery than of being shot dead.
The UK has one of the lowest gun death rates per head in the world at (1999 figures),(0.22 per 100,000 per annum), this compares to the US rate of (6.08 per 100,000 per annum).
In the UK, there has been a fall in gun deaths since the introduction of a partial handgun ban in 1996 and a total handgun ban in 1997, from 358 in 1995 to 163 in 2003.
The increase in firearm incidents is linked to increased use of replica, paintgun, airgun and other less lethal firearms that are still legal.
There are over 140,000 police officers in the UK, up more than 11,000 since 1997.
Of which 11 police officers have been shot dead in the last 20 years.
In terms of fatality, being a police officer is one of the safest occupations.
At around 1 death per 100,000 per annum, it is more than 100 times safer than being a fisherman (123 deaths per 100,000 per annum), and it is actually a safer job than the average (2 deaths per 100,000 per annum).
From today's Guardian;
36 police officers have died in the line of duty in England, Scotland and Wales in the past 20 years - 11 shot, 10 stabbed and three beaten to death, while 12 were killed by vehicles.
· PC Sharon Beshenivsky was the sixth woman out of 1,600 officers to die in Britain since the formation of the modern police service in 1829. The last female officer shot dead was PC Yvonne Fletcher, 25, outside the Libyan embassy in London in 1984. Women make up 21% of the 43 English and Welsh forces.
· Sixty people were shot dead last year, down from 70 in the previous 12 months.
· Police believe there are almost 300,000 illegal guns in Britain. Much gun violence is gang and drug-related. Three-quarters of those killed or maimed in shootings in London are black, as are 80% of the gunmen, statistics mirrored in several other English cities.
As this report shows, the best way to increase your chance of being shot dead, is to keep a gun in your home.
I think these figures demonstrate just how much mis-information there is on this subject put out by the media in cahoots with the gun lobby.