There are 300 certified police officers at one of America’s busiest airports. They are just like other police officers in the city of Chicago, except there is one major difference. These officers are not allowed to carry guns.
And in active shooter situations they are told to “run and hide”.
According to CNN,
Internal aviation department documents obtained through department sources state, “If evacuation is not possible: hide.”
The documents advise locking doors, turning off lights and remaining quiet and calm.
“We must also ensure that unarmed security personnel … do not attempt to become part of the response, but could be invaluable to the evacuation efforts,” the documents said.
In addition, a training video shown to aviation police officers has the same instructions: “If evacuation is not possible, you should find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you. Block entry to your hiding place and lock the door.”
That makes no sense, said aviation police officers interviewed by CNN.
This information is not only NOT going to deter a terrorist attack or mass shooter situation, it puts the public in a more dangerous predicament with attackers in control.
The reason these aviation officers want to be armed is the same reason gun-owning Americans want to be armed when out in public. Gun-free zones only embolden terrorists, and knowing their targets have no way to protect themselves make the possibility of an attack more likely.
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