Sorry George but I take issue with your statement "no one is more well armed than the police". I know many of the officers that work here in the Seattle area and the fact of the matter is that the criminals are better armed than most of our police officers - and the police will tell you that. Criminals have easier access to weapons, access to better types of weapons and don't have the same restrictions on them that the police do when they use them.
Most cops carry a single sidearm, with 2 spare magazines on their person. So that might amount to 45 rounds of ammunition on average for the officers. Any additional firepower they might have access to is locked up in their patrol vehicle and may or may not be readily accessible to them in a given moment. Most of the recent school shooting that have happened here in the US and in other areas has the suspect better and/or more heavily armed than the first police officers who arrive on scene.
If you were to give the officers in the Seattle area the same amount of body armor and weaponry that the bank robbers in the North Hollywood incident used the public outcry would be tremendous. And that is only one single example of the nearly countless times out police officers find themselves on the wrong side of the "arms race" that takes place on our streets every day.
This is gun control, and it performed exactly like it was supposed to.