White House Security: Shoot To Kill Too Much?

by
Suzanne Robertson
Can there be too much security? In the face of the resignation of Secret Service director Julia Pierson due to the White House intruder scandal, an issue has been widely brought up.

Should it be policy for armed agents around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to use deadly force to protect the White House?  

Instead of bullets, the White House attack dog, a Belgian Malinois has been trained to take down any intruder. However, the dog was not released on the day of the security breach. 

It's already difficult for the public to get a tour of the White House. The requirement is that public tour requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress.  If you wish to visit the White House and are a citizen of a foreign country, you must contact your country's embassy in Washington, DC for assistance in submitting a tour request.

During a hearing on the incident, Representative Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, argued that anyone scaling the fence and running toward the White House should be shot. Imagine the headlines. 

Would more protection like this be overkill? Many sounding off on social media think so: 

One tweeter took the Secret Service to task for missing an important security measure: 

This isn't the first security breach at the President's home. In August, Pennsylvania Avenue was closed and the White House locked down when a toddler slipped through security gates.  Of course, a toddler is much less concerning than a mentally unstable veteran with a knife. 

This is a good time to remember all of the tension in the U.S. about democracy, security and openness.  America will be keeping a closer eye on Secret Service protection of President Obama and his family. 

 

 

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