I hate to think how things would have turned out if something like this would have happened in America especially with Trump as president. It could have ended up with more than just a couple a leg wounds.
As the policeman was on a roof I can't see that he was in imminent danger and needed to have the catch off. I've only used a Lee-Enfield .303 but I'm sure that I could have the catch off by the time that I had the rifle in the firing position.
but I'm sure that I could have the catch off by the time that I had the rifle in the firing position.
You'd also have been dead! With a long gun it's even more important - up and shoot in an instant - that's why our coppers find it so hard. A millisecond to make a life or death decision, yours or somebody else's.
Must admit I didn't know it was a rifle, my original post was not about the inscident, but M. Hollande's refreshing laid back attitude.