Actually, I DO hope they bring a screwdriver to a gunfight.From the article;
"While a product that looks like a gun or toy guns could seem harmless, police say they pose a challenge because fakes look like real firearms and in a fast moving situation police need to treat them as real which could lead to tragic circumstances. "
Then don't bring a screwdriver to a gunfight, duh.
Go try to rob a store or do something where the police respond to an incident & make contact with the suspect. Wave the gun around, do something stupid that communicates a threat to the police or a nearby citizen.
One less idiot. No real potential harm to anybody other than himself.
And a vast majority of the population would fully understand and support the officer’s actions as being reasonable.