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Secret Service problem?

January 21, 2013
The Journal

To the editor:

There was an Associated Press article today that stated "The gun lobby released an online video Tuesday that called Obama an 'elitist hypocrite' for having armed Secret Service agents protect his daughters at school while not committing to installing armed guards in all schools."

Using the term "elitist hypocrite" is way out of line. No President really has much choice in the matter of protection. A threat of harm to his family for gain is a national security matter. We don't want to have the President forced to choose between his family and a terrorist's demand.

A terrorist attack at that school could be a real problem for the Secret Service though. Their first priority is to get the protected person out of danger, not to fight a battle with a gunman who is shooting up a classroom in another part of the school. If they are able to do both then that would be the best result but that is not always possible. If they can't do both, they lose big time. The criticism would never end. I hope that never happens but it could. We have to believe that the Secret Service has considered the possibility and has planned for how to handle it.

Dennis Born

New Ulm

 
 

 

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