Saturday, June 11, 2016
You Can’t Make This Up - Lawmaker Wants to Ban Blue Angels from Flying Over City
By Jim Emerson, staff writer
After the deadly crash of a Navy Blue Angel F-18 last week in Tennessee killing USMC Capt. Jeff Kuss, a San Francisco lawmaker has renewed a call to ban the groupfrom flying over the city's populated areas. Also, John Avalos, a member of the city's board of supervisors, has called for the board to revive an initiative banning the Angels from flying over populated areas of the city.
The Blue Angels fly over San Francisco as part of Fleet Week, an annual outreach event that attracts over a million people every year. This year the event will be held between the 3rd and 10th of October. Similar events are held in other cities, including New York.
City Supervisor Avalos told The San Francisco Chronicle: "It's about them crashing and hitting a building – a place where people live." He also stated: "It's about the terror that they cause in people when they strafe neighborhoods. That's something I hear about all the time when Blue Angels fly overhead." The elected official obviously doesn’t know what “strafe” means. He also doesn’t realize that the Blue Angels F-18s are unarmed when they are performing.
Avalos insists that the jets are a threat to safety. Accidents happen and they are rare. Maybe Mr. Avalos should take a look at the San Francisco International Airport, where a 747 can do more damage that an Airshow F-18. Odds are that airshow fans will face greater danger driving to the show than being hit or strafed by a Blue Angel F-18.
Mr. Avalos has a history of anti-military bias. Last year he said a Blue Angels performance over San Francisco reminded him of U.S. “imperialism.” The planes, he said, buzz San Francisco with “feel good jingoism.” Mr. Avalos attacked the military budget of $560 billion, believing it should have been spent to battle climate change and improve the human condition. If Mr. Avalos were honest he would tell everyone how he loathes the military in general. But what are the odds of finding an honest liberal!