Friday’s shooting at LAX is fueling calls to arm TSA agents.
Leaders from the union that represents the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are calling for TSA workers to be given guns, handcuffs and the power to make arrests.
In an interview with Federal News Radio, David Borer, the general counsel for the American Federation of Government Employees said the only way to protect TSA agents was to give them firearms – a statement that I find pretty ironic, since the feds refuse to use that same logic when it comes arming the average American citizen.
Boyer told Federal News Radio, “Our officers are verbally assaulted everyday; they’re physically assaulted far too often, and they need better protection at those checkpoints.” … “That’s why we’re advocating for a new class of officer who is trained as a law enforcement officer, has a weapon, has arrest authority and so forth to protect those checkpoints.”
This Plan was already put in play long before the LAX Shooting
As we reported earlier this year, the TSA was already trying to arm its agents.
Back in August, the TSA placed a placed a solicitation for bids on the government’s FBO Website for 3,454,000 rounds of .347 SIG Caliber training ammunition. And as we reported in July, the TSA placed a solicitation on that same website looking for a firing range to train TSA workers.
In my opinion, they are now just trying to use this tragedy to put that plan into play.
After all, it was Rahm Emanuel, former White House chief of staff to President Barack Obama, who famously said “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
So while lawmakers attempt to exploit this tragedy to yet again call for stricter gun control, they are at the same time ironically using pro-gun arguments to further the cause of militarizing our police forces and federal agencies.