Because you heard about this, right?
President Obama is quietly ending the federal firearms program, risking public safety on airlines in the name of an anti-gun ideology.
Remember this program? The one that was started because of that tiny little incident on 9/11?
Screening of airplane passengers is hardly perfect. While armed marshals are helpful, the program covers less than 3 percent of the flights out of Washington D.C.'s three airports and even fewer across the country. Sky marshals are costly and quit more often than other law-enforcement officers.
Armed pilots are a cost-effective backup layer of security. Terrorists can only enter the cockpit through one narrow entrance, and armed pilots have some time to prepare themselves as hijackers penetrate the strengthened cockpit doors. With pilots, we have people who are willing to take on the burden of protecting the planes for free. About 70 percent of the pilots at major American carriers have military backgrounds.
I have a great idea, let's take away the guns from those folks guarding Obama and his family. How's about we make Mrs. Pelosi fly commercial, instead of taking an air force jet. Do those folks carry?