Should airport officers be armed?

There are 17 comments on the Politico story from Nov 5, 2013, titled Should airport officers be armed?. In it, Politico reports that:

Friday's slaying of a Transportation Security Administration officer at Los Angeles International Airport is fueling calls from union leaders to give some of the agency's employees guns, handcuffs and the power to make arrests.

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No To Armed TSA

Southampton, NY

#1 Nov 5, 2013
TSA agents are like the Gestapo except they couldn't find their a ss with both hands and a GPS. I wouldn't trust them with a squirt gun.
lolol

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Nov 5, 2013
NO, there are plenty of armed police at airports. Airports have their own mini police departments inside the dacility. Giving the undereducated, no background checks, groping, baggage stealing crooks at the TSA a gun is like arming a chicago street gang.

Since: Mar 09

The Left Coast

#4 Nov 5, 2013
Given the number of terrorists they have stopped and the number of nail clippers confiscated, I would give them guns. But no ammo.

“Open your eyes”

Since: Sep 09

Central Florida

#5 Nov 5, 2013
The DHS has been trying to get the TSA armed prior to June of this year.

Every time they try, it gets shot down.

This event @ LAX will be used in order to spin public opinion in order to arm all TSA employees.

The gun nuts that want to take away firearms (those the likes of Diane Feinstein) will now change their stance in a way. They will still want to disarm the people while arming TSA personnel under a false pretext of "security".
Mike

Zephyrhills, FL

#6 Nov 5, 2013
Sorry to hear of the TSA officers loss but unfortunately I have dealt with many TSA agents and The majority are police and military rejects.

Most airports have properly trained armed police and customs officers already in place. TSA with guns ....NO WAY !!!!!!
sandy1

New City, NY

#7 Nov 5, 2013
Mike wrote:
Sorry to hear of the TSA officers loss but unfortunately I have dealt with many TSA agents and The majority are police and military rejects.
Most airports have properly trained armed police and customs officers already in place. TSA with guns ....NO WAY !!!!!!
I agree. My husband and I deal with TSA on a regular basis as flight crew and there is no way these incompetent and sometimes thieving people should ever be armed.
Dickweed

Santa Rosa Beach, FL

#8 Nov 5, 2013
Of course they should have guns.
They are Americans and Americans are garunteed the right to bear arms.
The more armed people in an aiirport the better
Denying TSA officers the right to carry weapons is a violation of their constitutional rights.
The more bullets flying around an airport the better. It just makes everyone else safer having more armed people at the airport.
Guns are important in our way of life, and death. Without shoot outs and maniac killers what would America be? France? Who wants that?

“Open your eyes”

Since: Sep 09

Central Florida

#9 Nov 5, 2013
I want to raise a little nugget here for everyone to chew on.

I am not surprised by this event in LA. Not at all.

When one looks over the recent transgressions of the TSA, I am a little surprised this has not happened earlier.

The TSA has been caught stealing personal items from luggage. As what happened with ABC News here in Orlando where a TSA agent stole an IPad from Orlando International Airport and ABC tracked it down using its lost app to the TSA agent's house where the guy tried pinning on his wife. And that is just one incident. There are countless all over the nation.

The TSA has been caught completely degrading people, yelling, barking orders. Even as far as making a woman who just had a child drink her own breast milk because they "believed" that her breast milk could be a bomb.

The TSA has put out a new policy in Houston. Where if you joke about security personnel or comment on security procedures you can be arrested. So much for freedom of speech.

And best of all, the TSA has been caught on multiple occasions fondling children and the elderly. Some of those individuals working for the TSA have been found out to be sexual offenders.

So when looking over transgressions of the TSA, is it any surprise that someone decided to take matters into their own hands? I am surprised it has not happened earlier or more frequently.

Here is some interesting nuggets though. With the knowledge that the DHS has been trying to arm the TSA since June 2013.

-What is the guys name? Paul CIAnCIA.
-Will the people see the footage of the act? We saw people being blown in Boston. I bet the media will be silenced on this one.
-What drugs was the guy on? My money is a form of antidepressants.
-Why is all of the media coverage second hand information? I was laughing at CNN that afternoon, "The information coming out is from our source through LAPD officials." Ok..... so second hand information with no proof to back it up.
Responsibility

Petaluma, CA

#10 Nov 5, 2013
Kahoki wrote:
the recent transgressions of the TSA,
"Recent transgressions" should not end with a TSA agent being shot dead by some crazy guy with a Smith & Wesson .223 caliber M&P-15 assault rifle and a bag full of ammunition.

“Open your eyes”

Since: Sep 09

Central Florida

#11 Nov 5, 2013
Responsibility wrote:
<quoted text>
"Recent transgressions" should not end with a TSA agent being shot dead by some crazy guy with a Smith & Wesson .223 caliber M&P-15 assault rifle and a bag full of ammunition.
You are missing the point here.

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

I was stating that I was surprised this has not happened earlier and with more frequency due to the actions of the TSA on the general public (air travelers).
Eleanor

Mundelein, IL

#12 Nov 5, 2013
Maybe TSA should start wearing body armor.

That would be enough to protect them.

NOT giving them guns would protect us from them!

NO GUNS for TSA while they are on duty.
Responsibility

Petaluma, CA

#13 Nov 5, 2013
Kahoki wrote:
<quoted text>
I was stating that I was surprised this has not happened earlier and with more frequency due to the actions of the TSA on the general public (air travelers).
Interesting comment but shouldn't we believe that whatever problems and snits and grievances anyone has with a TSA agent, should NOT rile them up to consider killing an agent?
Reality bites

AOL

#14 Nov 5, 2013
No No NO.
Sanctioning weapons for The Fed UNION controlled TSA gives the Machivellian Obama Cabal an Armed Army in local Airports..
Be careful what you ask for in the Brave New World of America as nothing more than ObamaNation.
Gary

Bellingham, WA

#16 Nov 5, 2013
Considering that demonizing everyone who works
in government is conservative dogma passed down
from father to son, I can understand some of
the remarks made on this forum vis-a-vis TSA
workers.

But, there have been no passenger plane
hijackings in the USA in over a decade.
The TSA is doing its job.
Sterkrontein Swartkrans

Warrington, PA

#17 Nov 5, 2013
I take the train to the Philly airport and often there are tsa morons riding. The thought of these idiots with firearms is a frightening prospect. They even have muslims screening luggage. Why do muslim women dress like Zorro??
Dickweed

Santa Rosa Beach, FL

#18 Nov 5, 2013
Reality bites wrote:
No No NO.
Sanctioning weapons for The Fed UNION controlled TSA gives the Machivellian Obama Cabal an Armed Army in local Airports..
Be careful what you ask for in the Brave New World of America as nothing more than ObamaNation.
No no no
You cannot take away someone's gun rights. That is unconstitutional.
They must have guns. Training is not required.
Alexander Ruiz

Dallas, TX

#20 Nov 29, 2013
Dickweed wrote:
Denying TSA officers the right to carry weapons is a violation of their constitutional rights.
Why not allow everyone to carry a gun on board an aircraft then you wouldn't need the TSA.

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