January 7th, 2017 08:33 AM
Yesterday on the Five, Juan Williams is surprised that there is not more security at the baggage claim and ticket counters in the airports. Let’s examine this.
First off, our prayers must go out to family and friends of all the victims. This is an absolute tragedy and it tears at everyone’s heart when it happens. Nobody should have to be at risk when going into a public place.
If you want to screen everybody before they enter the airport, then you must search every car, taxi, light rail and bus that goes into the airport. This is impossible. This would take too long and it would make it faster to drive to many locations across the United States.
If you start searching people before the passenger pickup and drop-off points, you have another huge security vulnerability because you would have large groups of people standing around outside the airport which is just as big of a vulnerability as people standing at the baggage claim.
Where ever you put a security checkpoint, there will be vulnerable crowds. This is not a threat that can be fixed. The only screening that can be done is screening those who travel on the plane which TSA already does. It creates huge lines and everyone loves it (yeah right).
We are entering a new world. Society is losing its sense of morality. It is losing its sense of decency. We are seeing more mental issues. And furthermore, states are legalizing drug use which fogs a human’s ability to make rational decisions.
The shooter, who we will not name served his country oversees, but when he goes into an FBI office complaining about mental illness something must be done and the United States must start helping its vets more with these types of issues. Many vets sacrifice their mental stability for our freedom.
On the other hand, this looks like it could be a case of Islamic radicalization but authorities are not yet saying. The shooter is seen in a social media picture holding up one finger which is commonly used by ISIS. The shooter also said he was exposed to ISIS videos at some point.
His aunt Maria Ruiz Rivera said "he lost his mind" after his Iraq tour.
No security issues at the airport that are currently in place could have stopped this and banning those from traveling with weapons would not protect the baggage claim. We will likely hear more calls to ban weapons from the airport in the coming days.
This is just another soft target.
Here is the episode of The Five from yesterday where Juan brings up the question.