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Union calls for TSA agents to be armed
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The union that represents Transportation Security Administration workers on Tuesday said some TSA agents at airports should be armed.

David Borer, the general counsel for the American Federation of Government Employees, said arming TSA agents is the only way to protect them from incidents like last week's shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport.

"Our officers are verbally assaulted everyday; they're physically assaulted far too often, and they need better protection at those checkpoints," Borer said during an interview with Federal News Radio.

"That's why we're advocating for a new class of officer who is trained as a law enforcement officer, has a weapon, has arrest authority and so forth to protect those checkpoints."

The LAX shooting resulted in the death of one TSA agent and left two others wounded. The killing marked the first time a TSA agent had died in the line of duty.

Borer said Tuesday that the union's position on arming TSA agents going forward reflected how the agency's workers felt after the Los Angeles shooting.

"It's partly what members are telling us, and that is this latest incident is horrifying and extreme, but it's part of a larger problem," he said.

Critics have often accused TSA agents of violating the privacy rights of airline passengers with their security techniques, including pat-downs.

Borer blamed the anger that TSA agents face on "the right-wing media and certain members of Congress."

"Because of all of the vilification and hatred heaped upon both the agency and our officers … people show up at the airport every day angry before they even meet a TSA officer," he said.

Borer said that despite the perception that surrounds TSA employees, the agency's workers are currently ill-prepared to respond to an incident like Friday's shooting.

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Why don't they just ban guns at airports?
"What you're feeling now ain't the worst pain. The worst thing is not feeling the hurt anymore."
They want to arm America-hating, power-hungry, mentally damaged, sexual predators...!?!?!

Seems legit.
If they are armed, then they are considered Law Enforcement. Which means they can retire after 20 years and get retirement pay at a rate near what other federal workers get after 30-35 years of service.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
The proposal makes no sense. What's the difference between stationing airport police or other presently-armed personnel at or near check-points and training up yet another class of TSA employees to do the same job?

In the LAX incident, at least the shooter ran away from the densely-crowded check-point before being intercepted by armed officers, who let fly with bullets. A shoot-out in that area (I've been through it plenty of times) would have been a blood-bath, with just about no place to hide.
gascolator, proud to be a member of since Nov 2012.

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