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Sworn Law Enforcement Officers Unarmed And Trained To Run And Hide In The Event Of Active Shooter At Chicago Airports

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Filed under ‘things we will never understand’, a reader sent us the above news clip that discusses the day in a life of an Aviation Officer at Chicago International Airport.

The recipe: Sworn law enforcement officers who can’t carry firearms and are told to run and hide in the event of an active shooter situation or terrorist attack.

It’s seemingly the only location in the Country where Aviation Officers are unarmed, making it even more ironic since it’s one of the busiest airports in the Country.

Aviation Officers at the airport are trained just as Chicago Police are, meaning they are also sworn officers, and all they want is to be allowed to carry a firearm just as any other law enforcement officer does.

So in the event of any type of attack at either of Chicago’s airports, 300 Aviation Officers would be defenseless. That’s just not right.

Two of these Aviation Officers spoke with CNN in silhouette because they feared they would lose their jobs after speaking out. They tell the reporter that their training instructs them to run and hide because after all, what else are they left to do when unarmed?

In one of the training videos, the instructions are perfectly clear, stating; “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 block the doors.”

If a serious event occurs, Aviation Officers must wait for Chicago Police to arrive in order to help control the situation. It’s a unique setup that isn’t found at any other airports in the Country.

When the reporter went to speak with Richard Edgeworth about the policy, who is the Chief Safety and Security Officer for the Chicago Department of Aviation, he did the same thing that he tells his Aviation Officers to do in the face of an armed threat: Run and Hide.

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  • Smith

    Making victims out of people, at all costs.

    Pathetic.

    • ProfShadow

      Even their “own” people becoming victims of the bureaucracy.

      And that’s a lesson the Liberals refuse to learn….their heinous actions will come back to bite them in the future.

  • OneOfTheGoodGuys

    Mr Edgeworth or whoever made this policy has in effect put these airports at the #1 and #2 positions for high valued targets among US airports for any terrorist organization.

  • dragos111

    I have a great idea. It will certainly solve the problem.

    Make this a Gun Free Zone!

    Oh wait. That is the problem to begin with.

    /s

  • ProfShadow

    I guess “Gun Free” is applying to those charged with safety in these places too.

    Interesting statistic: cops are 20 times more likely to commit a crime than someone who holds a CCW.

    • Cisco

      I guess it would depend on your definition of which police actions are a so called crime, and which actions are not. Some people seem to think that just about everything the police do, is somehow a crime. But others know better.

      • ProfShadow

        Yep. Most of the time, cops are decent people trying to serve their community. They have to make tough, split-second decisions.

        I fully respect 99.99% of LEOs.
        It clearly isn’t an easy job sometimes and paperwork….ick.

        But as for the stat, it stands, as is, based on the data available for “real” criminal acts. The CCW holder is more law abiding than the LEO statistically.
        Yet Lefties/Libs/Progs/Fascists want to take the arms away from one of the most law abiding group of citizens because they fear an armed populace.
        But then again, Math, along with the requisite logic and reasoning skills, is Hard for the LLPFs.

        For example, limiting magazines to 10 rounds. Why 10? Oh…they have 10 fingers. They can manage to count to 10. And it “feels good…done something!” standard emotional foolishness.
        Note: It has been shown that this isn’t a real limit to a bad guy, since swapping out a magazine is but a moment’s work for someone who practices even a little at it.
        —-
        History and the data has repeatedly shown that hose that want to take your firearm from you only want to gain a power over you they don’t have otherwise. Be it criminal, crazy, terrorist or tyrant, their desire is the same: You subject to their demands.

  • Cisco

    Well, it is shitcago, and it is in Illinois, so I’m not surprised.

  • Moss500

    So now the p****-in-chief wants law enforcement officers to act like p****** too.

  • jsl55

    “So in the event of any type of attack at either of Chicago’s airports, 300 Aviation Officers would be defenseless. That’s just not right.”

    It’s no more wrong that citizens are disarmed by the idiots making the laws. There should be no distinction or special rules for cops. They are no more important than my family or yours.