The lack of security aboard commercial airplanes has become a concern for the government. Currently, unless there is an air marshal on board, the last defense of stopping a hijacked airplane is to have the military shoot it down so that it does not breech any more of the nation’s security. As a result, the idea of arming pilots and the rest of aircrew has been brought up to both the Senate and the House of Representatives (Bush Supports). The majority of government and people agree that it is a good idea to have guns aboard planes for pilots in the case of an emergency (Up in Arms). Both the Senate and House of Representatives voted to train pilots in the use of firearms. President Bush’s administration began to warm up to the idea of having firearms in the cockpits with the pilots.
To many the reinforcement of the cockpit door is safer than arming pilots due to the uncertainty of shooting in an airplane if anything tragic was to happen. Arming Airline Pilots could be very controversial to many people because of all the incidents that have been happening with guns and the law. Many people oppose all arguments to arm pilots. According to the Transport Security Administration, not arming pilots is a better than arming them, “tighter airport security, bulletproof cockpit doors and more vigilant passengers make it unnecessary to arm pilots.” Many people also say adding guns to airplanes is very dangerous as it could cause a great deal of instability and
A big caution to arming pilots is because people are curious on how pilots are going to keep the firearm safe, and hidden from the hijackers and other passengers. To start off with, the pilots will not be able to have their own firearm just sitting anywhere in the cockpit. The government review concluded that if Congress authorized the program, pilots would be issued lock boxes for the transport of their weapons (Ott, Senate Backs Armed Pilots). The pilots have supported keeping their weapons in the cockpit, and the public has signified approval. To further that arming pilots is a great idea, some passengers are even agreeing with the statement, “If we trust him or her to take us aloft in an immensely complicated vehicle, by what means
In July of 1996, a Boeing 747 carrying the designator Flight 800 took off from Kennedy Airport in New York. On board were two hundred and thirty people who were entrusting their individual safety to an aircraft that had one of the best safety records in the airline industry. The Boeing 747 has been in service for many years, and has been utilized for many different things including the one designated Air Force One. Nine miles off the coast of Long Island the aircraft exploded, killing everybody on board (Adcock 08). The wreckage was strewn over a wide area of the Atlantic Ocean and proved to be very difficult to recover. It took several months to sift through the sand on the ocean floor and recover the parts from the aircraft. Speculation that the aircraft had somehow been the victim of a terrorist act was the topic of the day. There were theories that the aircraft had exploded as a result of a bomb placed aboard (Adcock 08). There were theories that it had been the victim of a ground to air missile or an air-to-air missile. There were investigations to find out if the Navy had inadvertently shot the aircraft down. Accusations were flung in the most unlikely places. Security at the international airports was increased and bomb squads regularly checked each departing aircraft for any explosives. People were afraid to fly because they were afraid of terrorist attacks.
The Transportation Security Administration head John Magaw, announced the administrations position that they are against guns in cockpits and a pilot should give full, undivided attention to flying his plane. He believes that pilots can use their plane as their line of defense by landing it as quickly as possible and conducting in-flight maneuvers to keep the hijackers off balance (MSNBC 3). John Magaw believes that pilots have to make use with what they have. Captain Tracy Price, head of the Airline Pilots Security Alliance who supports equipping the cockpit with guns, stated, We advocate arming airline pilots with firearms to provide a last resort, final line of defense of passengers, crew and innocent civilians on the ground, in a press conference in Washington D.C. (Pilots 1). She believes that the pilots need more than just their own plane as a weapon against a hijacker, but a gun as well. But in truth, both of these opposing sides are working toward the same goal, to secure the cockpit and making the flying of an aircraft a safe experience for all of those on board.
While guns can be used to save the people from harm and kill the bad people that want to cause harm,people shouldn't have the need to have guns to protect themselves from the violent world we live in. because the possible outcomes of people having guns is death, theft, and world domination, it inhibits violence to the point of causing the death of someone , and it's not always the best idea to use a gun for our
In 2007, from the ages below 1 and 24, 220 people died because of firearms (Agresti & Smith). Fortunately only one person below the age of 1 died. It is fortunate because most parents would like to see their children grow up. The opposition of gun control restrictions would say that a ban is pointless, because gun education would instruct people about the ways to utilize and not utilize guns (not to kill) and restrictions would be fruitless because of that fact (Messerli). However, the learning process would be gradual, while a direct order from the federal government would take less time. Therefore, the United States of America should pursue, consider, and prioritize gun control laws.
The down side of pilots being armed is a pilot could mistakenly discharge the weapon and could kill an innocent passenger. The hijackers could even take the pilots hostage and use the weapons on the passengers. Also guns could cause a massive depressurization in the plane if the bullet went through it. Now that the cockpit doors are a lot more secure the pilots would know about the hijackers well before they could breach the doors, But they couldn't do anything once the terrorists got through. It has been mentioned that there is a possibility that they could carry stun guns or other non lethal weapons
People should not have a right to own automatic weapons because those weapons could end in a criminals hands. There are other guns that should be legal but automatic weapons should not because they are faster than normal ones and much more quicker. There has been many murderers just because automatic guns are legal and cause of how powerful the weapons are. Since know automatic weapons are legal know the criminals can have this weapons in hand to murder a lot of people. The FBI has said that over 46,313 were murder from 2007 to 2011.
Gun proposals and control debates have been occurring for centuries, and none have really been considered much, even one that seem very reasonable. A firearm transaction database that could have possible saved hundreds to even thousands of lives. With control of purchases being made, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives would be able to trace weapons, and track the sales of guns being sold at each store. Furthermore, it could have led to save countless of lives within the United States. This proposal was later dropped by congress, due to the opposition that led individuals to think the government was going to confiscate all weapons from the people and lead America into a dictatorship. Although gun control may not save all