It would be bad enough (but sadly business as usual) if the politicos exploited this tragedy to push their efforts to “BAN TEH GUNS!”, but what’s worse is that there are those seriously arguing that TSA agents should now be armed with guns, handcuffs, and the power to make arrests:
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....Only in Bizarro world is it considered a “logical approach” to arm to the teeth the same pigs with the power to subject airline passengers to the most degrading security measures, the worst of which are virtual strip searches and genital fondlings.
Both lawmakers and the Obama administration have called for reviewing airport security procedures after the shooting spree. But union officials are already offering a concrete proposal: create a new category of TSA agent in addition to the 45,000 existing screeners. People in the new positions would be law enforcement officers, who could carry handcuffs and firearms as well as make arrests.
Union leaders say the enhanced status would help protect an unfairly demonized workforce, as well as security checkpoints like the one where Friday’s mayhem began.
“We feel a larger and more consistent armed presence in screening areas would be a positive step in improving security for both [security officers] and the flying public,” said J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees. “The development of a new class of TSA officers with law enforcement status would be a logical approach to accomplishing this goal.”
Good grief! Prisoners entering prison have more dignity than airline passengers boarding a plane these days.