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Posted: 4/17/2002 6:19:49 AM EDT
PLEASE SEND THIS MESSAGE TO ANYONE YOU KNOW THAT MIGHT SUPPORT ARMING AIRLINE PILOTS!

As this is written, we're over seven months past the atrocities of September 11th, 2001. The law is in place that allows for airline pilots to be armed if only the administration will act. We're getting a little impatient but we do have some progress to report.

Pilot unions APSA, APA, ALPA, SWAPA and CAPA signed a joint letter to President Bush asking him to move quickly on the issue. The letter made a splash in the media and brought the issue back to front and center, just where it belongs (it was even mentioned by Jay Leno in his opening monologue).

CNN, Fox News, Major Networks, print media and radio all interviewed pilots. Now is a great time to send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper and to call in to talk radio shows and discuss arming pilots. Keeping this issue in front of the American public is crucial to our eventual success.

Who Decides?

The Aviation and Transportation Security Act signed into law by President Bush gives the authority to decide if pilots will be armed to the Undersecretary of Transportation. His Deputy Undersecretary told us that they have collected ample data, that the threat of future attacks is very serious and that TSA needs to make a decision on the issue of arming pilots quickly. As he said, "The clock is ticking."

APSA has sponsored a petition that can be signed electronically through our web site at www.secure-skies.org. IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE SO ALREADY, PLEASE LOG ON TO WWW.SECURE-SKIES.ORG AND SIGN THE PETITION!

Call The President

The TSA will make its decision on arming pilots soon. Our petition, media exposure, briefings and letters all are intended to persuade decision makers in our government that we need to arm pilots or face another 9/11 style attack. NOTHING HELPS TO DRIVE OUR POINT HOME LIKE A PHONE CALL FROM YOU!

Call the President and tell him you support arming airline pilots with firearms. You can reach him at
202/456-1111

Then drop him an email at president@whitehouse.gov


If we quit, we fail. If we keep working, we'll prevail.
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