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Bridget Johnson

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November 2, 2013 - 4:14 pm

D.C.’s delegate to Congress said the shooting of TSA agents on Friday at Los Angeles International Airport makes the case against all budget-related furloughs for “unarmed front-line federal employees.”

One agent, 39-year-old Gerardo I. Hernandez, was killed and two others were wounded in the attack, where a 23-year-old New Jersey native shot his way past the security checkpoint and deep into Terminal 3 before he was shot by an LAPD officer.

“Most people think of TSA employees as workers who search and monitor them and their bags, but yesterday the nation and world saw them as federal employees who put themselves in harm’s way, serving our nation,” Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said in a statement today. “A note from the shooter expressed antipathy towards the federal government, and particularly TSA employees. TSA agents are not the only federal employees whose civilian jobs endanger them.”

The note that was found on shooting suspect Paul Ciancia hasn’t been released, but bits leaked to the media indicate it included a screed of sorts against the TSA. The New York Times said the letter accused the TSA of “assuming everyone is a terrorist.”

“Like Mr. Hernandez, hundreds of thousands of unarmed front-line federal employees, who serve the public as IRS agents, census collectors, social security employees, and even judges, along with many others in other federal occupations, come in contact with troubled members of the public every day,” Norton continued.

“These are the same employees who have endured sequester furloughs this year, on top of a third straight year of pay freezes, and recently faced additional furloughs because Republicans shut down the government for 16 days,” she said. “Our sadness about the randomness of the tragic shooting of TSA agent Hernandez should also open our eyes to the risks TSA employees take on our behalf daily and to the importance of their work for the nation. At the same time, this tragedy cast light on other federal workers, who also serve vital and too often unappreciated roles, serving our country with diligence despite the risks to themselves.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Just as long as I get to carry as well. Federal employees' lives are not worth more than mine.
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Have you flown much lately? Do you really think it prudent to arm airport TSA screeners?
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Interesting. Wasn't it just last spring that the Dept of Homeland Security went on an ammo buying binge including "... an open purchase order for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. As reported elsewhere, some of this purchase order is for hollow-point rounds, forbidden by international law for use in war, along with a frightening amount specialized for snipers. Also reported elsewhere, at the height of the Iraq War the Army was expending less than 6 million rounds a month. Therefore 1.6 billion rounds would be enough to sustain a hot war for 20+ years." Forbes March 11.

Norton has her ammo - she just needs to get the guns in the right hands.
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You know, I've begun to wonder whether all black, democrat politicians are stupid, lazy and mendacious or just the ones I read about on the net or see on TV.
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This could easily be flipped in favor of concealed carry for federal employees.
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The TSA was supposedly created to keep a group of determined, dangerous people from committing terrorist acts in airports and on airplanes. Why is it that an organization whose entire raison d'etre is to disrupt the plans killers would not be armed?

Of course, air travel safety is really only a part of why the TSA was formed. The other, (and, in the estimation of elected democrats, the more important,) reason was to increase the number of dues paying members of the SEIU and other unions, which could then use those dues to donate to democrat candidates.
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Hold the phone. What are they implying here? That two weeks off the job somehow utterly destroyed the TSA's competence and ruined the system in place?
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Yes.
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This is how I see the TSA.

They are nothing more than a bunch junk feelers who's sole purpose is to condition the population in general for servitude to the government.

Call me crazy. But if you look at what they are doing, it serves no rational purpose. They are just crotch grabbers.

I no longer fly commercial. Got my own plane now. Most people do not have that option. It flies about 1/3 as fast as a jet...

And I still get there faster for about the same price. And I don't have some unionized dork who cannot be fired messing with my junk.
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Just as long as I get to carry as well. Federal employees' lives are not worth more than mine.
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Demokkkrat gun control is like permanent sequestration of the 2nd amendment.
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