On the TV news today. It was reported that the ALPA has stated, "most of it's members are in favour of the proposal for more secured cockpit doors AND firearms in the cockpit".
Naturally, a quick training course on the use of a sidearm would be nessesary.
Suddenly, things have changed in the world of airlines, and especially that of the airline pilots. This cockpit firearm possibility will be their choice.
It was mentioned above that if 2 highjackers tried to take over an airliner...the undercover sky marshals would take care of the situation, and the flying should be left to the pilots. Sure, in a perfect world. Let me remind you, that of the 4 airliners that were just crashed by terrorists, 3 of those aircraft had 5 terrorists on board, and the fourth had 4 of these maniacs! >>> I agree that the pilots' job "should" be to just fly the aircraft, however, it is quite clear that life in the skies has suddenly changed. A world wide WAR has been declared!
I hope and pray that this will never happen, but, imagine that you're an airline pilot cruising onroute over North America, when suddenly you hear gun shots back in the cabin, between highjackers and sky marshals...and the sky marshals lose the fight. Where do you think the highjackers are going next? That's right. Your cockpit! What are you going to defend yourself with if they make it through the door? Your hand with some skin on it!
If the airline pilots are seriously considering having a gun in their cockpit. Let them. If it makes them feel more safe.
Guys, that's my last input towards this very tricky topic. We all have the right to our own views. Now I would like to continue learning technical info about what make these big beautiful jets fly!