Skeptics will then realize that guns are a necessary evil. Fortunately for us in America, our politicians have already recognized this, hence the establishment of the FFDO program
I am also in favor of pilots carrying weapons in the cockpit. At the very least, it is an ample deterrent against anyone even thinking about trying to breach the doors of a cockpit.
However, as a former U.S. Marine MP
, I also understand the potential ramifications of drawing your weapon in close quarters while trying to fight off an advancing perpetrator. What everyone--pro-gun or not--must address is the outside possibility that IF
an assailant did breach the cockpit doors and was not immediately dropped with a .40 round center-mast to the chest (or between the eyes, as was mentioned before), the pilot and hypothetical terrorist would then be engaged in a wrestling match for a firearm...not cool.
What I am driving at by digressing from FFDO Reason's alcohol mishap is just to re-emphasize to everyone on A.net the importance of ample and ongoing firearms, self-defense and CQB (close-quarters battle) training for any pilot who carries a handgun in the cockpit through the FFDO program. If this is to be allowed, we must prepare FFDOs for every possible scenario.
Now, as far as Mr. Reason is concerned, I think he should be fired, stripped of all FAA ratings for life, stripped of his ability to legally own or carry a civilian firearm, and have his keister parked in a jail cell for a few months at least.
Look, I'm not going to pull the "If 9/11 had happened in Germany" line...because I'm sure I know how Schroeder would have reacted. That aside, don't tell my country how to defend ourselves. We're the people whom terrorists want to kill, not you. The Israelis seem to do an adequate job at protecting El Al...maybe we can all take notice.
Tsully, don't worry about it. I have run into many Europeans who are insightful and open-minded. From my travels throughout Europe, I would say this is the norm.
But what we have witnessed are a couple supposed Germans who apparently forgot that the relative freedom they live under comfortably was provided to them long ago by the blood, limbs, and lives of a few boys from the United States of America.
Just because our President is a cowboy, that doesn't make all Americans gun-totin' hillbillies.
"The most terrifying words in the Engligh language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"-Ronald Reagan