"Thing is, I expect there might just as easily be some in any country who react that way they did, US included...
It all depends on people's experiences: I don't think that reaction should be scorned unless we know they should know better..."
One should remember some of the comments printed along with articles when a link to a computer site map with the home addresses of people with guns was printed in a US newspaper. There were lots of panicky "common sense" people that thought it was justified because they wanted to know who the dangerous people were in their neighborhood they had to be worried about.
The NFL has now banned off duty police officers from carrying to games. The local Houston news showed video of people thinking this was a great idea to protect us from off duty officers that might get out of hand.