On July 4th Hesham Mohammed Hadayet, an Egyptian immigrant Muslim walked into the Los Angeles Airport armed with two handguns, a large hunting knife and enough ammunition to kill dozens of people. He began shooting at the El Al Airlines ticket counter. El Al's security guards shot the gunman dead long before he had time to fire all the shots in even one of his pistols. He did manage to kill two people and wound a couple more.
El Al is the Israeli airline and the only airline flying out of the US where security guards are armed. Hadayet would no doubt have committed mass murder had it not been for the swift response of El Al guards, which are armed and ready for battle. James Hahn, Mayor of Los Angeles, was quick to respond. "There are just too many guns in LA." My first response was "there aren't enough guns in LA." The security forces of El Al, a foreign airline, are the only non-domestic law enforcement agents allowed to carry guns in US airports. I have been told by National Guard troops that were in charge of airport security following last September 11th, that while on duty their guns contained no ammo. Even Andy Griffith allowed Barney Fife to have "one" bullet. It is ridiculous to think that in this LAND OF THE FREE we must rely on foreigners to protect us in our own airports.
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Derry Brownfield was born in 1932 and grew up during the depression. He is a farmer and a broadcaster. Derry attended the College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri where he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees. He taught Vocational Agriculture several years before going to work as a Marketing Specialist with the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Derry served as Director of the Kansas City Livestock Market Foundation at the Kansas City Stockyard prior to establishing himself in farm broadcasting.
Derry started farming when he was 16 years old and received the Future Farmers of America State Farmer degree in 1949. Since that time the Brownfield Farm has grown to over 1000 acres maintaining a herd of 200 registered Charolias cows.
In 1972, Derry and his partner established the Brownfield Network which now serves 250 radio stations throughout the Midwest with news and market information.In 1994, Derry started his own syndicated radio talk show and he is one of the most popular radio talk show hosts in America. The Derry Brownfield Show can be heard on approximately 80 radio stations in 23 states. With his entertaining sense of humor and witty commentary he has captured audiences for over 30 years. His ability to present an informative talk show while being light and colorful is why he has a large loyal listening audience.
Derry Brownfield is a practical farmer, a practical business man and a very entertaining speaker. He travels extensively throughout the country speaking about his common-sense point of view. Web Site http://www.derrybrownfield.com