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Jul 30

Pilots with Guns: The Last Line of Defense Against Terrorists?

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Van Andel Auditorium

On September 11th of last year, nineteen men--armed only with box cutters--were able to take control of four commercial airliners and turn them into devastating weapons of mass destruction. Airport security has been changed and cockpit doors supposedly have been reinforced, but many maintain that there is still no effective means of defending American airliners and their passengers against terrorist attack once they leave the airport, given that relatively few flights have air marshals on board. The Arming Pilots and Cabin Defense Act of 2002 is intended to provide flight crews with the tools to carry out this responsibility. It would permit commercial airline pilots who volunteer to receive special training to have guns in the cockpit as a last line of defense against terrorism. It also provides for the training of flight attendants in self-defense and terrorism prevention and for installing new security equipment on planes. The House passed the bill with overwhelming bipartisan support but the proposal is still awaiting Senate action and is not without its skeptics. Please join us to hear this distinguished panel of experts discuss - the potential benefits and dangers of this legislation.

More About the Speakers

John R. Lott
Resident Scholar
American Enterprise Institute

Robert Sproc
First Officer, American Airlines and
Allied Pilots Association, Vice-chairman Miami Domicile

With special remarks from
Senator Bob Smith (R - NH)
United States Senate

Hosted By

Edwin Meese III Edwin Meese III

Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus Read More