||[Dec. 8th, 2005|09:59 am]
It's been a while, hasn't it?|
I haven't even had a chance to write in my own journal for a few weeks! Pardon the gaps between postings. Remember: you can all make posts in here too! Feel free to post questions to the community at large to start a debate.
Today's Question: YESTERDAY, AN AIR MARSHAL KILLED A MAN who was thought to have been carrying a bomb in his carry-on bag. After detonation of the bag, it was found that he was not, in fact, carrying a bomb, but was having a psychotic fit. Between four and six shots were fired.
This is a two part question.
1: Do you think air marshals should have the right to shoot a man while a plane is grounded? Should there be different ways of subduing a suspected terrorist - besides shooting at them?
2: This man was having a psychotic fit brought on by lack of medication to control his bipolar disorder. If air marshals were made aware of people with mental disorders (bipolar, depression, Downs syndrome, etc) on their flight, do you think such instances could be avoided?
1: I do not believe that a gun should be the only way to subdue a person. We do have stun guns that could temporarily disable a person, while the air marshal disarms them and takes them into custody. Before people start shooting, they should try to calm the person down and assess the situation better.
2: I do not think that the marshals would gain much from knowing of certain people with certain disorders. Although it could have saved this man's life, it may also be seen as a breech of privacy.