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Stephen Kruiser

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March 26, 2014 - 6:01 pm

Ya think?

The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that armed law enforcement officers be posted at airport security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours after a review of last year’s fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.

The 25-page report to Congress obtained by The Associated Press makes 14 recommendations that do not carry a price tag and are somewhat dependent on local authorities who provide airport security.

While airport security has been beefed up since 9/11, the shooting exposed communication problems and gaps in police patrols that left an LAX terminal without an armed officer for nearly 3 1/2 minutes as a gunman targeted TSA officers with a rifle Nov. 1.

This is the federal machine at its bloated worst: it took a twenty-five page report to say, “TSA sucks!”

What the LAX shooting exposed was the obvious security-soft zone between the unloading curb and the first TSA agent. And the inability of the TSA agents to react to anything other than the flask I may have forgotten in my backpack.

As one who has been flying a lot for decades, I am still a big fan of not getting blown up on my way to work. I wouldn’t mind a more highly trained security force (or more of them) if I thought it helped. The problem almost everyone has with the TSA model is that we don’t think it does most of what it purports to do.

Except keep the airways free from oversized bottles of liquid, of course.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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I thought that LAX shooter had gotten access by coming into the "sterile" area by entering through an exit door to the outside. Instead of figuring out some more stupid rules to deal with such situations after they happen, how about preventing them in the first place?

Maybe an even better way would be to simply let we who have gone through the misery of getting our Mother May I Papers to carry our personal defensive weapons everywhere else, to also carry them in the airport. Yes, PAST the TSA checkpoints. So, I can carry my piece around town, banks, library, parks theatres, college campus, driving, fueling, restaurants, government buildings (oh, sorry, state and lesser level only, not yet in Fed buildings), and to the ticket counter. BUT.. by their "logic" the instant I approach the TSA checkpoint I will most assuredl be transmogrified into a raving lunatic and shoot everything/one in sight. Just think... had one of us been on hand when that gunman began his spree, he'd have been stopped a LOT sooner than the three and a half minutes it took for the government functionaries to arrive and deal with it.
Seems instead of requiring ME to get the checks and the Mother May I paper, let everyone carry unless they've done something bad and can't.... and have a master list of those guys.
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Jmminy Freakin' Cricket.

Had these morons not heard of the jihadi Mohamed Hadayet 11 years ago?

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Three and a half minutes without a personal armed security officer?

Wow! Those TSA guys really live dangerously.

Of course, they'll also need an armed officer to escort them out to the parking lot at the end of their shift, especially at LAX. Or maybe they have their own secured parking lot?
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Pre Check and Burbank was more like security in Europe.
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