By Andy Quintana |Staff Writer|
Those who are designated to protect the public should be armed.
The recent incident at LAX that left one dead and several injured has now gotten people to think about having armed security agents.
The fact is that most hired security guards are there to protect you but most are completely unprepared for the unknown.
“I think that for the well being of the people, security should be given the means to protect the people from any unfortunate event,” said student Adam Ghossein. “But I think before we arm security guards with a gun, they should be properly trained and licensed.”
It is not enough for security guards to be able to carry a firearm; they have to be prepared for any possible scenario.
According to the Wall Street Journal, when the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created in 2001, armed agents were posted at major U.S. airports.
Since then, agents were moved away from security checkpoints because it was seen as an ‘ineffective use of resources.’
I feel that some of the security guards should have the proper training in knowing how and when to use a weapon.
Student Kevin Schaefer specifies that any law enforcement employee should obtain a “basic level of training in order to carry and use a handgun.”
“I think people would feel safer if a security officer had a gun,” said Schaefer. “But then there’s always the risk that the same gun can be used against them.”
Some students have expressed that arming security guards would only lead to more problems and headaches, especially if the guards in question have not had proper training.
“As a son of someone who works in the TSA, I feel that issuing a weapon to all security officers would not be ideal,” said student Erwin Grifis. “Maybe having certain armed officers present at check points could reduce risks, but issuing one to every guard could make people uncomfortable.”
“I don’t believe security guards should be armed because I do not feel they have the proper training to be equipped with a weapon,” said student Wendy Padron. “I personally wouldn’t feel safer because it might make an even bigger disaster.”
When I walk through LAX security check line I would feel more at peace knowing that there is a trained officer within a close radius of me.
Student Joy Dittemore agrees that all security guards should be armed and ready to defend the general public at a moment’s notice.
“Yes, I think all security guards should be armed,” said Dittermore. “Because you never know what’s going to happen and you need to make sure your protected.”
The incident at LAX was something none of us saw coming, and unfortunately, we cannot truly be ready if it does happen again.
Our security has to be on top of its game, because we are depending on them to be.
We want to be able to breathe a little easier whenever we are using public facilities, like LAX.
I want to be able to walk into an airport, check in my luggage and look forward to reaching my destination without any fear.
A change must be made so that public places can one again be safe.