I originally seeded this article from my blog but today I realized my mistake and am now submitting it in the, hopefully, correct way.
Police ordered to stop screening
Read the story here:http://www.star-telegram.com/251/story/486413.html
Let's think about this for a minute. A rifle, even one easily disassembled, would not be the easiest thing to conceal among a throng of 15,000 fans in a SRO environment. You would need to gain access to controlled areas to assemble and prepare the shot. These are areas that can be fairly easily secured by people the caliber of our Secret Service. So a rifle is probably out as a weapon of choice. A handgun would be much easier to conceal and dispose of.
Handguns create different problems, though. A professional marksman can possibly maintain accuracy up to 50 yards with a handgun. In an unhurried situation it could be double that but, again, a 15,000 person audience watching you draw a weapon on what they feel is the greatest man of their political life would not be an unhurried situation. So, you would have to be closer than 50 yards.
The only problem is that in the first hour the doors opened and the Dallas Police were screening people 10,000 people went in and sat down between you and your intended target. It's not likely you'll be able to get within that 50 yard range anymore unless someone saves you a seat and then leaves. If you manage to get past the security detail in the aisle who knows that all of the seats below are full you stand out because you are the only one coming down now that the lower section has filled up. Of course, it might look suspicious that someone with a good seat gets up and leaves something that is perceived as so valuable and you have now drawn the attention of the people around you and the Secret Service detail at the edge of the stage and at the end of the aisle. Good luck getting that gun out of your bag!
What happens if they screen everybody? By the time everyone gets in, Obama is off to the next campaign stop and you didn't get to see him because security was too tight, or they discriminated against you, or him, or THEY are "trying to stifle the message of change man!"
The reality is that we have an incredibly professional and reliable group of men and women that do an outstanding job of protecting diplomats from the president, to ambassadors, and other representatives abroad in sometimes very hostile situations. The Secret Service is very good at what they do and I imagine they take great pride in their job. I can't imagine they would answer to any higher calling than their own conscience and sense of duty. Especially given that they would take a bullet for some of the politicians they protect. Given the record of the Dallas police I think the officer is right in questioning why they weren't screening but that's why he is a police officer and not Secret Service. I'm sure they are trying to strike a balance between airtight security and the desires of the people that pay their salaries with the highest professional standards.