...And Public Call To Arms Continues

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An opinion piece by John Lott, of the American Enterprise Institute, ran in the press in various forms last week, on the op-ed pages of The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, and elsewhere. Lott argues that commercial aviation needs more armed pilots, and quickly. "The Bush administration has done what it can to discourage pilots from even applying for the armed-pilot program," says Lott. And while pilots go untrained, "a cost-effective backup layer of security" is lost, he says. "Air marshals can't do it all." Meanwhile, the TSA has been adamant in defending its training program, saying pilots are "off base" in their criticisms. The program is going "full speed ahead," the TSA said last August. Their offices were less responsive to our inquiries this week.