Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Air Marshals Kill Man at Miami Airport

Today at Miami's international airport, air marshals killed a man who claimed to have a bomb. No bomb was found. The man's wife says he was bipolar and had not taken his medication lately.

This is a sad case, but the air marshals were right to shoot the man when he refused to lay on the ground as ordered. Some are questioning the air marshals' decision to shoot the man, but the second guessers are misguided. Imagine the reaction if the air marshals had not shot the man and he detonated a bomb. Can air marshals (or other law enforcement officers) afford to risk many innocent lives when a declared bomb carrier acts dangerously? Obviously not.

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