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As to this being the job of police, what gun control advocates such as Jody Madeira fali to acknowledge is a point that we have repeated over and over again. A police officer in uniform has an extremely difficult job in stopping these attacks. These terrorists have huge strategic advantages in determining the time and place of attacks. They can wait for a police officer to leave the area, or pick an undefended location. Even when guards or police are in the right place at the right time, those in uniform who can be readily identified as guards may as well be holding up neon signs saying, “Shoot me first.” Terrorists know that once the officer is killed, they will have free rein to go after everybody else. In addition, with 332 million Americans and only 665,380 police and sheriff’s patrol officers (with at most not much more than a third on duty at any give time), there are simply too many targets for police to be able to guard everyone of them.