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Guns in the Cockpit Allowing guns in the cockpit of a commercial aircraft has been a much argued topic Two sides to this argument are those who think that a pilot would be able to safely and responsibly carry a firearm onboard his plane and those who believe that guns shouldnt be allowed on an airplane no matter who is carrying it First since the terrorist attack on 911 pilots have been requesting special permission to carry a firearm onto a plane A modern commercial airline pilot is trusted to operate one of the most complex machines ever devised by man If a pilot can competently operate an aircraft he should very easily be capable of properly and safely carrying a firearm A pilot may be able to properly and safely carry a firearm but accurately discharging a firearm in a pitching and rolling aircraft is a difficult task for anyone and if a gun is discharged improperly it can cause a rapid depressurization of the aircraft Let alone firing a shot in a crowded aircraft full of passengers is very dangerous Now if theyre only allowed to carry Safety Shots then that is a different story These rounds wont even penetrate sheetrock but they can kill a person Winchester has developed a new type of round for pilots if this round collides with anything it will fragment This will drastically reduce the chance of a round puncturing the skin of the aircraft A current airline pilot is expected to defend himself while strapped in his seat with a small emergency axe by his feet The attacker will be coming from behind with a weapon and its very difficult to effectively swing an axe while sitting the wrong way Pilots will need a weapon with a longer range Some people believe that arming a pilot with a stun gun would be a sufficient deterrent and safe alternative to firearms but a stun gun would
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