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Should EMS and fire personnel be allowed to carry firearms on duty?

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On December 17, 2020, two Arkansas paramedics were shot on duty while treating a patient on scene. Officials say one of the paramedics returned fire, killing the gunman who shot them after an argument. Arming the EMS and fire workforce has been a hot topic of debate.

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