11/5/2013 9:53:08 AM
Section 4: National
Subject: Arming TSA Agents? Msg# 871535
I sympathize with the lady's opinion, however I think that her point of view is largely based on a misconception. She seems concerned that if anyone has a tool (in this case a firearm) that they will be inclined to misuse it. I'd bet if she were asked about concealed carry in general that she'd be against it and for the same reasons.
The experience of those who live in "shall issue" states has been that those who jump through all of the hoops to obtain a concealed carry permit are among the most law abiding citizens we have. My personal experience has been that the knowledge that I'm armed makes me AvOID situations where I might need to use a firearm (as opposed to just letting my emotions rule me and charging in to danger.)
She mentions being nervous about armed pilots. I personally think that the armed pilot program was one of the better ideas to come after 9/11. If we'd had our current Air Marshal program in place on 9/11 what are the odds that Air Marshals would have been on the hijacked airplanes? There were at least two pilots on each of those airplanes and if one of those pilots on each airplane had been trained and armed, the outcomes could have been significantly different.
That said, even I don't necessarily want to arm ALL pilots. Pilots who are armed have been pretty thoroughly screened and then trained. I'm pretty comfortable with that process.
I don't have enough current information about TSA operations to say whether I'd favor arming them (as opposed to providing well-trained armed personnel in the near vacinity.) I probably would NOT object to arming selected TSA agents who had volunteered to be screened and properly trained.
Changing the subject ever so slightly: It strikes me that once again a rampage shooting has taken place in a location where legally armed citizens are not allowed to have their firearms. Those of a hoplophobic persuasion just don't seem to get it. It isn't guns that are the problem, rather it boils down to who is or isn't allowed to have guns. When the "good guys" are armed, they do NOT do bad things with firearms. When you attempt to disarm nearly everyone, those willing to break the law end up being the ones with the guns.
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This article is by a stewardess (United and Virgin Air) who does not recommend arming TSA agents after the shooting at LAX. I tend to agree.
What do you think?