Question of the day: Should armed officers return to LAX security checkpoints?

Not long before the Nov. 1 shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, officials removed the armed Los Angeles World Airports police officer at every security checkpoint.

Patrick Gannon, the police chief, said this was not a budget decision but was instead a decision about how best to allocate resources. He said, as a police matter, it makes little sense to have officers seated all day at a fixed post. He said makes more sense for them to roam terminals so they can respond to an incident anywhere, like the ticketing lobby, where the last major LAX shooting occurred. 

But many folks I have spoken with, including TSA agents, want the officers to return.

What do you think? Should officers be stationed at every security checkpoint?

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