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Archive for December 16th, 2012

Shouldn’t We Do More to Avoid Mass Deaths By Crazed Gunmen?

By Allan Lengel
For Deadline Detroit

During my visits to Israel, the idea of security was never far off. At the train station, at the bus stop, I went through a metal detector. An armed guard checked through packages and asked if I was carrying a gun.

After Sept. 11, 2001, I thought the U.S. would have second thoughts about security in public places, particularly with the threat of terrorism looming here.

I figured maybe places like malls or movie theaters might consider screening customers.

But no. That hasn’t happened. Americans have a way of conveniently forgetting or deferring such concerns until the next tragedy.

All around the country, we’re seeing all too often crazed gunmen — homegrown terrorists if you will — open fire on innocent citizens. Each incident is a reminder that we probably aren’t doing enough.

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Federal Agents Group Blasts Senator

By DEVLIN BARRETT
Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON — An organization of federal agents blasted an anonymous senator who is blocking a bill that would clarify how agents are allowed to assist in responding to major incidents such as the elementary school shooting in Connecticut.

According to the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, an unknown U.S. senator placed what is known as a “hold” on the Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act. The bill is one the Federal Bureau of Investigation sought to clarify that federal law enforcement agents are acting in the scope of their employment when they respond to violent incidents like a mass shooting, in which there is no immediate evidence of violations of federal law.

“It is an absolute outrage that one senator cowering behind the curtain has placed an anonymous hold on the mass killings legislation,” said Jon Adler, president of FLEOA, which advocates on behalf of federal agents.

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