No to guns in the sky

I spent eight years in the United States Marine Corps. I’m a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I spent the majority of my time in the Marines traveling the world, with a gun.

Some people think that allowing the public to carry firearms around is going to keep them safer. Taking into account that these individuals have been properly trained not only in handling a weapon, but when and where and how a weapon is used to defend yourself.

I happen to know that shooting at a person is much different than standing on a firing line and punching holes in paper. You have to take into account the continuum of force, the individuals temper and intent and your surroundings. Yes, much more then pointing the barrel in the right direction and making it go BANG!

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for an individual being able to protect them-self and their family from harm. When you throw a gun into the equation, they have now become judge, jury, and, if worse comes to worse, executioner.

I’m a firm believer that “Gun Control” does not mean the government “controls” the guns. Gun control means training legal gun-owners in the handling, care, and operation of a firearm. Properly trained individuals have the right to carry a weapon in public in some states. But, there are environments where no one should be allowed to carry a weapon.

Controlled environments, like long-distance mass transit, are not the place for anyone to be wielding a firearm. The stress of traveling across country or the world is bad enough without having someone on two hours of broken sleep and a couple of bag-nasty meals gripping a pistol and shaking it in a poor guy’s face sitting next to him, whom he deemed to be a Taliban warrior on “jihadist” mission to destroy a plane from Cleveland to Honolulu.

We as a society put into place certain control mechanisms to ensure our safety. The police, fire department, and TSA employees are here for our safety. So, why not let them worry about the “evil-doers” of the world, and check your glock with your luggage.

Editor’s note: Steve Byrnes is responding to the article, Guns in the sky: Yes or no? ( If you would like to participate in the discussion, simply send your answer to the original inquiry: If you were allowed to bring a gun on a flight, would you?