A police officer or firefighter usually receives a funeral with full honors (generally a formal motorcade and speeches by multiple politicians) when they are killed in the line of duty. Following the first ever death of a TSA agent, Gerardo Hernandez, who was killed during the LAX shooting, he is set to have a funeral where he will receive full honors. A number of politicians are scheduled to attend including US AG Eric Holder. It is likely that enhanced gun control will also be on the agenda. Concerned about the propensity of the federal government to continually honor itself and whatever it does, I let my supervisor know that I was not happy that the TSA agent was being treated like a police officer . . .
His words, in essence, where for me to drink the Kool Aid (translation: follow the orders received). Needless to say, I won’t be attending the funeral. I do not consider TSA agents to be especially honorable or even necessary. While the shooting event was indeed tragic, I rue the fact that the incident is likely to be used as a political platform to further empower TSA agents, and is also likely to promote the civilian disarmament agenda.
As a peace officer, I will be including instructions upon my death to prevent politicians from speaking about gun control, or using my death to further any political agenda. I have no need of a formal motorcade. In fact, I’d rather no politicians be present at my funeral at all.
Carry on, veterans, and thank you for your service. Semper Fi.