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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 22:21

The Shootout Myth at the Airport

Written by  By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

In a delusional postscript to the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting last week that killed five people and wounded six, Republican legislators in Florida are proposing to allow the public to go freely armed into the unsecured parts of airports — all the better, the sponsors argue, to intercept the next random shooter in self-defense.

“There could have been the potential for people to protect themselves in that situation,” said Jake Raburn, a state legislator, who supports allowing armed people in airport departure and arrival areas, outside of zones guarded by metal detectors.

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Having citizens armed in more and more of the nation’s public places, from schools to barrooms, has been a high priority of the gun lobby.

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