A Washington Times editorial on Tuesday accused the Obama Administration of trying to roll back the post-September 11 policy of allowing qualified commercial airline pilots to carry firearms:
After the September 11 attacks, commercial airline pilots were allowed to carry guns if they completed a federal-safety program. No longer would unarmed pilots be defenseless as remorseless hijackers seized control of aircraft and rammed them into buildings.
Now President Obama is quietly ending the federal firearms program, risking public safety on airlines in the name of an anti-gun ideology.
The Obama administration this past week diverted some $2 million from the pilot training program to hire more supervisory staff, who will engage in field inspections of pilots.
This idea is so devoid of common sense and contrary to public safety that one wonders if al Qaeda has a $750/hour K Street lobbyist on retainer.
The Editorial concludes:
Armed pilots are a cost-effective backup layer of security. Terrorists can only enter the cockpit through one narrow entrance, and armed pilots have some time to prepare themselves as hijackers penetrate the strengthened cockpit doors. With pilots, we have people who are willing to take on the burden of protecting the planes for free. About 70 percent of the pilots at major American carriers have military backgrounds.
Frankly, as a matter of pure politics, we cannot understand what the administration is thinking. Nearly 40 House Democrats are in districts were the NRA is more popular than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. We can’t find any independent poll in which the public is demanding that pilots disarm. Why does this move make sense?
Only anti-gun extremists and terrorist recruits are worried about armed pilots. So why is the Obama administration catering to this tiny lobby at the expense of public safety?
Good question. For all the teeny bopper media chatter about The One™’s vaunted political skills, this remarkably foolish idea suggests that the real Obama — not to be confused with the highly-scripted, teleprompter-enhanced David Axelrod creation — is politically tone-deaf.
Unless Obama really is intent on destroying this country, this move is indicative of a person with incredibly bad judgment.
Hat tip: Michelle Malkin