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Law enforcement officials said this afternoon that the lone gunman who shot up a terminal at LAX this morning carried a semi-automatic rifle and was a ticketed passenger. Reports on the number of wounded vary, with media outlets citing three casualties, while the airportâ€™s official Twitter feed reported seven injuries, with six people transported to local hospitals.
Los Angeles police Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger said the unidentified suspect, who was injured after an exchange of gunfire with officers, was in custody....
Call me crazy but this whole thing seems real fishy. Especially after watching the video of the police chief and seeing a video of what was supost to be a wounded TSA agent and turned out to be a dummy in a wheelchair, something just ain't right.
I suspect that arming TSA agents wouldbe cost prohibitive. They would probably have to do a thorough house cleaning to get rid of the employees who are unqualified/not legal to carry. Replacing them would be costly.
GsTexas wrote: I think that they should Barry. This act of violence makes a good case to arm the TSA agents. The only that stops a bad Guy with a gun, is a good Guy with a gun.
True, and as long as the case can be made for govt employees always being the good guys, we should support it. But if they are doing the grope of 5 year old kids, they have abandoned their role as the good guys.
Good point Anne, I've never really looked into the TSA to know how corrupt they are. Perhaps to give them guns, would be a bad idea. A gun is a tool, and is only as good or bad as the person wielding it. The airport still need some kind of armed security to deter such kill crazy lunitic from shooting up the place.
Barry, I have no problem whatsoever with guns in the airports! My problem is how they'll be used - training should be done by whom? Our current police force can't hit the broadside of a barn and they supposedly train all the time. We have story upon story upon story of TSA abuse of power by groping children and grandpa and grandma and undue restraint of persons. They have way too many internal issues to be allowed to hold US citizens at gun point. So I'm not against guns in the airport; I do think the appropriate place for Barney Fife to have his bullet however, is in his front shirt pocket. To the point then - you're arming the government to subdue their own citizens. A private firm would be a better choice. Just my opinion!
I have a quick question, and as usual I'm not trying to be an antagonist. If we are pro-second amendment and guns are good, then why not allow TSA agents to be armed. I've heard it said over and over that we need to remove the no gun rules from schools and allow teachers and administrators to be armed. Why not allow more guns in airports, just give the TSA agents more training and allow them to pack weapons.
penny! Forshame you speak such decency and right-mindedness! Are you trying to be sensible? Sounds to me like you don't want the government to run everything! I mean, look how well they've done! Hahaha!
GsTexas, so true! Here's another spin: the TSA have been crying for years because they are not armed. Seems like they'll try to make the case for "armed mall cops" now - should be unpleasant and result in more baddies being armed while the rest of us law-keepers are stuck with more restrictions.