Citizen’s Air Marshall Program
is nothing so emasculating to us writers as facing grief utterly
beyond repair and linguistic description. But such has been delivered
unto the entire civilized world, with all its technological advances,
by a few guys with knives. The word for the day "stupidity."
see, the passengers aboard the four hijacked airlines were "safe"
according to the Dictionary of Modern PC Usage. That is, they were
unarmed. However, there were no armed security personnel to protect
them from what happened. Now the airlines are prohibiting even plastic
knives on board commercial passenger jets. Does the flying public
feel safer? Well, they’re staying away in droves.
are not ready to trust each other with real weapons on aircraft,
so, here’s a proposal a Citizen’s Air Marshall Program.
are tens of thousands of Americans who have been background checked
by the FBI and their state’s law enforcement in order to get a Concealed
Handgun License (CHL). If you have ever been in any kind of trouble
with the law, forget it. You’ll be denied. I know that New York
Senators Schumer and Clinton hate guns. But 9-11 should have convinced
them that, yes, there is an evil bigger than NRA and gun owners.
And it may show its horrible face again.
have a CHL. I often carry a handgun in places where the law allows.
I know that inside of three seconds I can kill one or more people
near me. It is an awful and humbling knowledge, one that gives me
to give thanks in prayer that I have never had to use this power;
one that makes me aware that if I ever use this power I will have
to answer legally and morally before the meticulous scrutiny of
grand juries, family, friends, and priests. But if I were aboard
any of the 9-11 hijacked airlines, I would have gladly pointed my
handgun at the hijacker and pulled the trigger. With one shot I
could have saved thousands of lives. DO YOU HEAR THAT SCHUMER AND
CLINTON! (And if the pilots were murdered, as a private pilot I
might have been able to land the plane with tower assistance.)
FAA is scrambling at this moment to get sky marshals aboard commercial
aircraft. But there are not nearly enough, and we are the potential
victims. So why rely on full time sky marshals? Why not implement
a program to allow anyone with a CHL to apply for certification
as a Citizen Sky Marshall?
could learn procedures in what to do with a hijacker, how to discretely
present our credentials at the ticket counter and be walked through
the metal detector. We could take annual proficiency tests to make
sure we comply with any recent FAA rules and to refamiliarize ourselves
with safety procedures. We might be required to use ammo that is
least likely to compromise the aircraft’s pressurized skin. Insurance
regulations and federal law would immune us from liability as long
as we use force to answer force. There could be lockers at airports
where we could lock our weapon in destination states or countries
that do not recognize our CHL. There could be thousands of us in
the air within a week.
are we waiting for? Another disaster?
would not be a paid job, mind you. It merely extends right-to-carry
to the airlines whenever we might be traveling. With a few armed
passengers and pilots scattered randomly, and unpredictably,
potential hijackers would have to consider: who is armed? That guy
in coach reading the newspaper? That little old lady in first class?
The young woman using her laptop in business class? Anyone of them
could rise up with a gun and say…
you, DROP THE BOX CUTTER. NOWWWW!
Southwick [send him mail]
owns an export-import firm in occupied Houston, Texas. He pilots
his own Piper Warrior. Don’t even THINK about it.