It's a well written piece as well. Some of the rubbish arguments can be easily dismissed:
12 coppers couldn't disarm him - They tried, the pepper spray was ineffective because they couldn't get close enough. The taser didn't work because they couldn't get a proper shot. A taser is only really effective when you hit a good spot on the body, he was wearing bulky clothes, so that was ineffective.
Shoot the knife out of his hand? - It's not fucking hollywood. And if they tried, what if they missed and hit a civilian? Every bullet has to be accounted for. Same with the "wounding" him remarks, what if you miss his legs...? The ASU are trained to go for the body mass, as there's a better chance of downing the subject and less of a chance of a stray bullet hitting an innocent.
Exactly - had they taken any wild shots, then the family occupants in the house might well have taken a stray bullet, the shots rang out from the garden wall directly at the front door and window beside it. A child might have been hit, any adults too.
As for accuracy with a weapon: I have a 9mm air-soft I practice with here at home. I used to play this game: hang a standard beer tin from the ceiling in the corner of the room. The clip holds twelve shots, so aim for the tin in the centre and keep hitting the same spot until the pellet makes a hole, then try to get a pellet in through the hole before the clip is empty.
If I hang a can today, then it'll take me several clips to complete the task of making the hole.
But after a lot of practice, I can hang a fresh tin, make a hole, and complete the game without having to reload the clip.
It takes a LOT of practice to get it right.
Shooting a knife out of an excited and panicky man's hand? Takes serious expertise, no room for even minor errors, lives are a stake.
One other factor worth considering: is it normal practice for Irish cops to shoot suspects?
I know my answer.