The New York Times editorial board criticized a proposal to arm Transportation Security Administration agents on Tuesday after a union for TSA workers made the suggestion in the wake of a deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.
The editorial board said “arming TSA screeners seems both overly reactive to the Los Angeles shooting and impractical.”
"Our officers are verbally assaulted everyday; they're physically assaulted far too often, and they need better protection at those checkpoints," AFGE's David Borer said during an interview Tuesday with Federal News Radio.
"That's why we're advocating for a new class of officer who is trained as a law enforcement officer, has a weapon, has arrest authority and so forth to protect those checkpoints," Borer continued.
The LAX shooting resulted in the death of one TSA agent and left two others wounded. The killing marked the first time a TSA agent had died in the line of duty.
The editorial board said, “if every shooting in a public place led to a new class of law enforcement officers, America would look like a war zone.”
“We would have armed ticket-takers at movie theaters, armed clerks at malls and armed teachers at schools,” the editorial board wrote.
“That’s an outcome the National Rifle Association would love, but that should worry anyone who doubts that more guns are the only answer.”