And how many wannabe cops are absolutely hopeless with a gun? Don't you see the giant false equivalence you made there?
You live in one of the richest countries in the world, get your priorities right.
1. They must not be hopeless since you never read stories about civilians shooting the wrong person, only cops.
I hear about kids shooting siblings, friends shooting friends, parents shooting sons etc. all the time.
And from my own experience shooting in US ranges you see all kinds of people at the range. From great, knowledgeable guys with a clear safety first attitude to borderline wackos who shouldn't be trusted with a sharp pencil, much less a gun.
What's worse, a lot of gun owning civilians won't even bother showing up at the range or keep their gun skills sharp. I'm pretty sure the average cop is still a safer and better user than the average civilian gun owner.
2. You're right about us getting our priorities straight. We need to cut back on our defense spending and only worry about things that are direct threats to us. Let the rest of the "free world" realize that their defense isn't "free".
What are you waiting for then? Maybe it's not about the free world but rather about the massive industrial military complex feeding so many troughs in DC and elsewhere always looking for a way to get their cut.