Re: Why does Jere need a gun?
Ed Darrell (EDarr1776@AOL.COM)
Sun, 4 May 1997 00:08:17 -0400
In a message dated 97-05-03 07:17:58 EDT, ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM (Ronald W.
<< Apparently it has nothing to do with the fact that he was in Miami. I was
told that Jere gets many, many death threats every week, and that his office
I don't want to start a discussion about whether or not carrying a gun is
a good self-defense strategy, or about the legality of the situation.
it does make what seems to be an apparently unbelievable laspe of judgement
a bit more understandable. You may not think that carrying a gun is a great
way to deal with death threats; I'm not sure that I do either. However,
not you or me who's getting them. Don't say how you'd react until you've
been there. It's not like Jere has got the Secret Service covering his
having been in the position of having death threats phoned in while I was on
federal duty, I still have difficulty with the justification for carrying a
loaded gun around. I know of a U.S. senator who, during a particularly tense
situation, was offered a federal deputization and permit to carry a gun
aboard airplanes, and he took it. Some months later, after things cooled
down, the FBI chief politely asked to revoke the deputizing as no longer
necessary. I know of several other U.S. senators who simply refused the
Are our cops so poor that they can offer no protection? I don't think so.
When I worked on the Senate staff I sometimes worried about the guts on the
cops. When my office was across the hall from the street entrance in the
Dirksen Building I had several opportunities to watch the guys in action --
quietly hustling a gun-toter off to a side office to disarm him so
unobtrusively that others waiting to go through the metal detectors didn't
even notice. My respect really went up when the Washington Post reported
that the Capitol Cops had found a bomb during a visit by the Israeli Prime
Minister. When I mentioned it to one of the cops we knew he and his
colleagues laughed riotously. Seems they had found three bombs, including
one 50 feet from my window. "We find them all the time," they said, but they
don't make the newspaper. When I worked for a major airline and viewed the
daily reports, I got the distinct impression that the system worked there.
In our town response time is well under a minute. If the cops can't do it,
is carrying a gun the way to fix the problem?
If the CSE's office is bullet-proofed, I gotta wonder about the sanity of the
people who authorized such an expenditure. Say it ain't so, Jere.
Ed Darrell, Duncanville, Texas
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