Your View is Illogical
From: "Angel Shamaya"
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2001 17:16:10 -0700
Subject: Your View is Illogical
TO: Arizona Daily Sun Editor
RE: "Better screening key to airline security"
-- 298 words --
October 3, 2001
In your "Our View" message on October
3, you said,
"we're inclined to spend more time and money for on-the-ground
prevention than for in-the-air anti-terrorist technology like steel cockpit
doors and service revolvers for pilots and flight attendants."
Surely your think tank there is aware that lethal
weapons are snuck into prisons -- where strip searches are the norm. Unless
you support airports in implementing more effective strip searches than are
employed in America's prisons, there is no logic in your proposal, whatsoever.
Wishful thinking may "feel good," but feelings are irrelevant -- and
dangerous -- where practicality and reality are violated.
If the pilots on September 11's four downed airliners
had been armed with "service revolvers," we'd have a bunch of dead
and wounded would-be hijackers -- and we'd not be mounting a war in the Middle
East. Had those pilots been armed long ago, the scum who murdered 7,000 people
last month -- in the span of two hours, using office supplies that can still
be smuggled aboard any plane, any day -- would not have attempted their suicide
mission, let alone succeeded.
CNN.com ran a poll recently, addressing the issue
of arming pilots, and the public favored arming pilots to the tune of 61%. The
Air Line Pilots Association agreed, as does every single pilot I know -- and
that's many. Though I found your bigoted slur against National Guardsmen offensive
-- "armed weekend warrior", please -- you are correct to say that
a guy holding a gun on the ground won't stop another terrorist from getting
a knife onto a plane.
I'll fly a commercial flight again when I know
there is armed protection on board. Anybody can get a weapon on a plane. I did,
two weeks ago -- and it was easy.
1109 S. Plaza Way, #136
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
PS. Wake up to the issue of guns on airplanes.
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