Man With Fake Handgun Causes Police Standoff at Orlando Airport

Tensions at airports are running a little high these days, especially in Florida. Earlier this year a man opened fire in the baggage claim area of the Fort Lauderdale airport killing five and wounding eight. Ever since both the media and the airlines have been freaking out about firearms in airports.

Just last week the Orlando Sentinel published an article sounding the alarm over the continued ability to have an unloaded and locked firearm in your checked baggage. One man in Orlando last night decided not to help the situation, creating an hours-long standoff in an airport while wielding a fake firearm.

From CNN:

Hundreds of officers descended on Orlando International Airport on Tuesday night after reports of a man with a gun near the rental car area. But the weapon turned out to be fake, authorities said.

A two-hour standoff that followed sent panicked travelers fleeing, with some hiding behind concrete barriers in the parking lot.
Police later confronted the man and ended the standoff after nearly two hours. No shots were fired and no one was injured during the incident contained to a rental car area, the Orlando Police Department said.

According to the cops, the man was looking for the cops to help him commit suicide. The fake gun definitely looked real from a distance, but the screw holes in the frame are a dead giveaway upon close examination. Not that the cops had that opportunity.

Any situation where someone is threatening harm with a firearm needs to be taken seriously, as was done in this case. Naturally those in favor of gun control will contrive some way to blame even this incident on the “easy availability of guns.” And they’ll decry the gun culture in the US.

The fact is, though, that attacks at airports happen all over the world, in places like Turkey and Belgium. What this incident should teach us isn’t to be afraid of airports but instead to be vigilant, keeping your situational awareness up at all times in these largely gun-free zones. Because in reality, actual attacks on airports by determined terrorists can and will happen.

comments

  1. avatar Hannibal says:

    Can nobody just put the garden hose in the exhaust if they want to off themselves? Stop trying to make other people do your dirty work for you.

    Should have shot him in the knee.

    1. avatar PeterW says:

      These modern PZEV vehicles don’t put out enough CO to kill you, need an older car.

    2. avatar dsreno says:

      Some people just want the government to do everything for them.

    3. avatar Mark Kelly's Diapered Drooling Ventriloquist's Dummy says:

      “Should have shot him in the knee”?

      They should’ve shot him in the nuts to keep him from procreating and passing on those defective genes.

  2. avatar T-Bob says:

    Hundreds of officers? I’m assuming that is typical CNN exaggeration and/or fabrication.

    1. avatar Craig says:

      “Hundreds of officers?”
      Yeah, they had most of the roads blocked off around the airport and didn’t get them opened back up until after midnight. One whole side of the terminal was shut down. You would have thought there was a major bomb scare rather than just one suicidal guy with a gun in the first floor of the rental car parking. Robbery and theaft probably spiked at all the 7-11s and Walmarts in Orlando during that time.

  3. avatar Jim S says:

    Sounds like a well trained and professional law enforcement dept. No one got scared and unloaded his/her magazine in a random direction of the bad guy. Talked him down and brought him in. Nice work

    1. avatar FedUp says:

      Yes, they showed a lot more restraint than I would have expected.
      I figured after the shooting earlier this year, they’d have wasted him on sight.
      Can’t believe he wasn’t able to commit Suicide By Cop.

  4. avatar BDM-Brat says:

    Humbly offered… is it inappropriate to ask the headline writers to not perpetuate use of the phrase “fake gun”?

  5. avatar PCnotPC says:

    If this guy wanted to commit “Suicide by Cop” as the article stated, why couldn’t the Orlando PD have saved the taxpayers a lot of money prosecuting him and ultimately giving him room and board for x number of years by accommodating his wishes?

  6. avatar tjlarson2k says:

    Can we all stop beating around the bush and start calling “gun control” by it’s real name? It’s a thinly veiled attempt to coerce people to rely on the government and give up their autonomy. Aka tyranny.

    Start calling gun control tyranny and you will realize your tolerance level for it diminishes considerably. No more debates, no more talking, no more compromises. Why? Because tyranny and those that promote and practice it, by constitutional definition, are simply not conducive or compatible with a free country.

  7. avatar Bess says:

    The New York City hosts three major airports; Newark airport, John F Kennedy airport and
    LaGuardia. Each of these airports offers different options for transportation.
    However, if you wish to avail the most convenient mode of travel, it will be Newark Airport Limo Transportation service.
    The ground transportation services available at Newark airport,
    basically, include buses, taxis, shuttles and limousines which will help to transfer you comfortably to other airports, hotels, conferences or other preferred destinations.

    The Newark Airport Limo Transportation offers you the best shuttle services.

    In case you wish to opt for a shuttle service, you can gather the necessary information by
    either visiting online websites or calling the ground transportation information centre at the airport.
    After studying the different options, you can get
    in touch with the companies that provide the shuttle services.

    A prominent advantage of shuttle services is that it will comfortably pick you
    from your home, office or hotel and take you to
    the airport or vice-versa, i.e. from airport to your home.
    The Newark airport limo service can also be used to travel
    with in the airport i.e. from the parking lot to the terminal and to other specific areas
    within the airport. Besides Newark Airport Limo Transportation services,
    there are trains, trams and golf carts within the airport that help to transport you from
    one terminal to another.

    Newark Airport Limo Transportation services also help to
    transport handicapped and needy people who require special
    treatment. In case, you are coming to New York and your flight is scheduled to
    land at Newark airport, do remember to call up the airport transport information centre which will surely help you
    avail the best Newark Airport Limo Transportation service.

    If you have chosen a shuttle service that transports a lot of people, then you may not be charged
    a hefty fee. However, if you choose a limo, there are chances
    that you might be charged heavily. Therefore,
    if you are on the lookout for the most cost-effective options,
    it would be better to hire only luxury sedans, town cars,
    stretch limos, vans and luxury or small cars.

    1. avatar Scoutino says:

      Spam alert!

Write a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

button to share on facebook
button to tweet
button to share via email