Three nights of violent rioting in London has prompted many in Great Britain to call for tougher policing. London police, who rarely carry firearms or use resources such as rubber bullets, tear gas, or water cannons to battle riots as is the norm in other countries, must decide quickly how to quell the riots.
“Water cannons are not approved for use on the mainland,” said a spokesperson for the Home Office, focusing on Ireland as the reason why. Considering the arson, many believe the water cannon would be a good idea. “The Sun,” a British tabloid, demanded the use of rubber bullets and tear gas, noting that they would be the most effective weapon against large and mobile crowds.