Do you want armed bozos in a “gun free” target-rich environment?
The progressive socialist democrats running the unions are not ones to let a crisis go to waste, so there should be absolutely no surprise that the union associated with the TSA officers are urging that they be armed. Of course, this presents its own challenges.
- Can you trust a poorly vetted and grossly-out-of-shape civilian police force that has relaxed standards and would be an armed presence in a gun-free zone?
- Can you trust TSA personnel, who face daily insults and the scorn of the public, not to overreact and become a threat to the traveling public?
- Can you imagine TSA officers spraying innocent civilians in the proximity and not hitting their intended target?
- Can you trust a civilian police force, not to use the guns they are officially issued, on their home turf?
- Can you trust the unions not to demand more and more money as these officers are trained and armed – with the union eventually demanding they be given federal law enforcement status with equivalent pay, pensions, healthcare, early-retirement, and other perks?
- Can you trust the political leadership of the TSA?
- Is there any proof that any TSA person thwarted an actual terrorist attack in the history of the TSA?
Even when trained, many of these people will remain TSA bozos and not somehow miraculously turn into trained Israeli Airport Security people!
According to the Los Angeles Times …
Union urges arming TSA officers after LAX shooting — Airport security experts note the cost and risk of arming TSA officers. The Airport Police chief says more officers in the terminal wouldn’t have necessarily saved lives.
When Congress formed the Transportation Security Administration two months after 9/11, the agency’s mission was clear: Its officers would not carry guns or make arrests. Instead, they would focus on screening passengers for weapons, bombs and other dangerous materials.
But the shooting death of a TSA officer at Los Angeles International Airport — the first fatality in the agency’s history — could change that. On Monday, the union representing 45,000 federal security agents called for the creation of a class of armed TSA officers with law enforcement training and the authority to arrest people.
“The sad truth is that our TSA officers are subject to daily verbal assaults and far too frequent physical attacks,” said Jeffrey David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees. “We feel a larger and more consistent armed presence in screening areas would be a positive step.”
TSA Administrator John Pistole said his agency would review its protocols after Friday’s attack.
U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder also weighed in Monday, saying that the government should examine the agency’s role in protecting airports. Part of the investigation will be “a review of the security measures that were in place not only at LAX but, I think, a review of the security arrangements that exist in other airports as well,” he said.