Since the fatal attack on British Parliament two weeks ago, armed police have been placed at every entrance. Security insiders have told The Observer that the reason PC Keith Palmer was guarding New Palace Yard unarmed was due to fears that guns might ruin tourist photos.
Palmer was a retired gunner who served in The Royal Regiment of Artillery and was familiar with a range of high-powered weapons. Despite this, he was not armed and had to face Khalid Masood with little to protect himself or Parliament. He was killed with two knives, wielded by the terrorist who had multiple convictions for knife crimes.
In the end, one of the Defense Secretary’s bodyguards shot Masood, raising concerns about what might have happened had he not been there.