Arming Pilots Nears Reality
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United Airline Pilot's Resolution [11-15-01]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2001
Las Vegas, Nevada
Dr. Ignatius Piazza
Front Sight Firearms Training Institute
Front Sight has run television commercials in Washington DC to promote arming pilots. We have talked on numerous radio and television shows. We have sent numerous press releases to the National Wire Service and E-mail lists. We have coordinated with pilots and pilot unions. All of this effort has resulted in both the House and Senate passing their respective versions of the Aviation Security Act with provisions to arm pilots.
Lobbyist for Front Sight Founder's Society now report from Washington DC that the Conference on Aviation Security is currently underway to finalize the combined language of Senate bill S1447 and House bill H3150. Both have provisions to arm commercial pilots to defend the cockpit against terrorist attack.
We are very close to making Front Sight's "Arm Our Pilots" campaign a reality. The problem is the House and Senate versions differ in that one bill gives arming pilots authority to the air carrier and the other gives authority to the government. Front Sight is pushing for a combined "Shall Issue" language that places the option of carrying a gun solely in the pilot's control once the pilot has received training to defend the cockpit against terrorist attack.
WE ARE VERY CLOSE TO MAKING THIS HAPPEN! The bipartisan committee on Aviation Security is meeting NOW to formulate the final language that will be presented to President Bush for signature into law.
WE MUST ACT IMMEDIATELY TO PUSH FOR A SHALL ISSUE LANGUAGE. DO NOT HESITATE. ACT TODAY.
Here's what needs to be done:
1. Phone each committee member below.
2. Fax the following letter to each of the committee members listed below.
3. E-mail the letter to each committee member below.
Dear (Insert Name)
I strongly urge you to give pilots and co-pilots the option of voluntarily carrying a handgun to defend the cockpit against terrorist attack.
After receiving proper training from one of the fine private firearms training facilities in this country, a pilot can control the commercial aircraft while the co-pilot defends the cockpit door against invasion. I trust a pilot with my life every time I board a plane. I also trust them with a gun. Give the pilot and co-pilot the ability to save my life and all the lives of their passengers should a terrorist ever attempt to take over the controls of the aircraft.
Get the firearms training program implemented IMMEDIATELY for those pilots and co-pilots that volunteer to carry a gun. I urge you to use all your available resources as soon as possible, including the resources of the private firearms training institutes.
Air passenger safety and the financial survival of the commercial airlines industry require swift and deliberate action on your part.
Do not allow pilots, the airlines, air passengers, or Americans to ever be helpless victims again. Arm and train our pilots!
God Bless you.
God Bless America.
(Insert your name and address)
Listed below are the members of the bipartisan Committee on Avaition Security:
Senator Ernest Hollings 125 SROB, Washington DC 20510-4002 202.224.6121 Fax: 202.224.4293
Senator Daniel Inouye 722 SHOB, Washington DC 20510-1102 202.224.3934
Senator John Rockefeller 531 SHOB, Washington DC 20510-4802 202.224.6472 Fax: 202.224.7665/228.4656
Senator John Kerry 304 SROB, Washington DC 20510-2102 202.224.2742 Fax: 202.224.8525
Senator John Breaux 503 SHOB, Washington DC 20510-1803 202.224.4623 Fax: 202.228.2577
Senator Byron Dorgan 713 SHOB, Washington DC 20510-3405 202.224.2551 Fax: 202.224.1193
Senator Ron Wyden 516 SHOB, Washington DC 20510-3703 202.224.5244 Fax: 202.228.2717
Senator John McCain 241 SROB, Washington DC 20510-0303 202.224.2235 Fax: 202.228.2862
Senator Ted Stevens 522 SHOB, Washington DC 20510-0201 202.224.3004 Fax: 202.224.2354
Senator Trent Lott 487 SROB, Washington DC 20510-2403 202.224.6253 Fax: 202.224.2262
Senator Olympia Snowe 154 SROB, Washington DC 20510-1903 202.224.5344 Fax: 202.224.1946
Representative Don Young 2111 RHOB, Washington DC 20515-0201 202.225.5765 Fax: 202.225.0425
Representative Thomas Petri 2462 RHOB, Washington DC 20515-4906 202.225.2476 Fax: 202.225.2356
Representative John Duncan, Jr. 2400 RHOB, Washington DC 20515-4202 202.225.5435 Fax: 202.225.6440
Representative John Mica 2445 RHOB, Washington DC 20515-0907 202.225.4035 Fax: 202.226.0821
Representative Vernon Ehlers 1714 LHOB, Washington DC 20515-2203 202.225.3831 Fax: 202.225.5144
Representative James Oberstar 2365 RHOB, Washington DC 20515-2308 202.225.6211 Fax: 202.225.0699
Representative William Lipinski 2407 RHOB, Washington DC 20515-1303 202.225.5701 Fax: 202.225.1012
Representative Peter DeFazio 2134 RHOB, Washington DC 20515-3704 202.225.6416 Fax: 202.225.0032
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