Yes Really ! thats all the cops had for decades , the gun hardly ever came out of the holster then , except for target practice , the night stick ? yes , preferred over the gun for many years , they actually knew how to use one . Thats all they needed , If you know HOW to use your equipment , thats all they needed . A good whack in the side of the leg , hip , or shoulder was enough to make most violent perps slow down enough to be cuffed , it also had a longer reach than a perps knife . A night stick is very much less than leathal if you know what your doing . What tools they need ………well that depends on what they plan to do , are they going to fight ISIS in Syria ? then YES they NEED all the tactical military crap ……….are they trying to move an unarmed old homeless guy out of the park ? , then YES , they need two guys to pepper spray him , with a third shooting him with a taser , while two more stand by with guns ready to shoot him IF he “resists” . Then YES they NEED all of that for the general public ……I agree . That opens another can of political worms , allow the people to carry knives or holster a pistol , then they wont HAVE TO cut that strap or deal with that perp . Pay them more and train them better . If you know your abilities and are confident , you dont feel threatened , and dont feel the need for 8 guys as back up . Its because they dont have skills , that they feel threatened , because their options are limited ……so they reach for the pistol . Its unconstitutional , but it wouldnt hurt our society as a whole if we had compulsory military service , a lot of the social ills they have to deal with would go away in the long run . Then we would understand that we are solely responsible for our own protection ….hence become more self reliant …………and stop expecting them to solve every dispute or calm every fear . When the people are empowered , its better for both them and us .