EDITORIAL: Guns on a plane
Obama secretly ends program that let pilots carry guns
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The Obama administration this past week diverted some $2 million from the pilot training program to hire more supervisory staff, who will engage in field inspections of pilots.
This looks like completely unnecessary harassment of the pilots. The 12,000 Federal Flight Deck Officers, the pilots who have been approved to carry guns, are reported to have the best behavior of any federal law enforcement agency. There are no cases where any of them has improperly brandished or used a gun. There are just a few cases where officers have improperly used their IDs.
Since Mr. Obama's election, pilots have told us that the approval process for letting pilots carry guns on planes slowed significantly. Last week the problem went from bad to worse. Federal Flight Deck Officers - the pilots who have been approved to carry guns - indicate that the approval process has stalled out.
Only anti-gun extremists and terrorist recruits are worried about armed pilots. So why is the Obama administration catering to this tiny lobby at the expense of public safety?
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Seriously - who is against arming airline pilots? It's a brutally simple and effective means to safeguard the cockpit of an airplane. Safety fears have been completely unfounded, no one has been harmed by an FFDO in the program's history.
Do liberals just try and find ways to keep law abiding citizens from protecting themselves?