Nope Nope Nope Nope Nope … Police Organization Asks NFL To Drop Concealed Carry Ban In Stadiums
December 1 / Rick Chandler / SportsGrid
Because the only way to combat terrorism is to arm NFL fans, a police union is formerly requesting that the NFL drop its 2013 ban on concealed carry firearms in stadiums.
In a letter to Roger Goodell, the National Fraternal Order of Police -- one of the country's largest law enforcement unions -- cited an "imminent threat of terrorism in light of recent attacks in Paris" as the reason the league should allow people to pack heat at NFL games.
Excerpt from the letter, authored by union president Chuck Canterbury dated Nov. 20:
“Today, I am writing on behalf of the members of the Fraternal Order of Police to urge you to rescind this policy, which weakens the safety and security of NFL players, personnel and fans. The terrorist attacks and threats of attacks from organizations like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are selecting targets based on the amount of death and injury they can inflict — mass murder and casualty events.
“Well-attended venues and areas are being deliberately targeted by the radical killers who do not intend or expect to survive the assault. Law enforcement, even when working actively with highly trained and skilled security professionals, cannot be certain that all threats will be detected and neutralized.”
I see no way this can end badly.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Fox News that prior to 2013, individual teams set their own policies on concealed carry in their stadiums. But in 2013 a league-wide policy was instituted banning all firearms, even those carried by off-duty police officers.
McCarthy, making perfect sense:
“Off-duty officers attend games as spectators and are unknown to working law enforcement officers and security personnel. They may not have the same training and do not participate in the weekly preparation meetings. They are not included in the on-site chain of command. The well-intentioned display or use of gun could have serious unintended and potentially tragic consequences.”
Eagles fans armed with hand guns is the worst possible scenario I could imagine -- although it would probably keep terrorists out of stadium. But what of those fans still inside?
Look -- as the Paris attacks proved, the real threat is at the gates. The security at Stade de France kept three attackers with suicide vests from entering the stadium in the first place, and as a result all three detonated outside, with relatively few casualties. How is being armed with a pistol going to stop a suicide bomber in the middle of a crowd?
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