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I appreciate it's a different country and a different training culture, but why is the gun drawn ? Is there a target ? If not, then the gun is a public order liability as a drawn gun can be fired. If there is no target, then it shouldn't be fired and it should be in its holster.

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Apr 22nd, 2013 at 09:03:33 AM EST
Or the Norwegian version: why are the carrying guns? Have they already retreated to the car, called in for back-up, assessed the situation and decided that approaching with guns is necessary in this case?

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon Apr 22nd, 2013 at 09:23:58 AM EST
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I think it's fine to be drawn - her finger is specifically off the trigger and it isn't aimed at anything.

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by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Mon Apr 22nd, 2013 at 10:58:38 AM EST
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Picture was taken seconds (literally) after the first bomb went off.  She doesn't know if there is a target or not. She has her gun drawn, finger on the trigger guard while she scans the crowd to our left.  You'll note Pagan is reaching for his weapon while he scans the crowd to our right.  Meanwhile the officer in the middle is relying on his partners to start to secure the area is finding out if Iffrig needs medical assistance; gathering information for the medical first responders.

They are all following their training, doing exactly what they should be doing.  Which is one of the reasons I like the photograph.  

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by ATinNM on Mon Apr 22nd, 2013 at 12:32:05 PM EST
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