Part one of CNN’s special investigative report “Hired Guns” premiers tonight at 8 pm ET during Anderson Cooper 360. The two-part series will conclude tomorrow night, also during AC360. The special report is the result of a yearlong investigation by CNN and The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) that found armed security guards are often a threat to public safety due to a combination of lax laws, minimal oversight and a lack of accountability.
During tonight’s special, CNN’s Drew Griffin investigates the case of an armed guard with a history of alcohol abuse who is charged with murder in the shooting death outside a Miami nightclub.
“Amid all the discussion on the use of excessive force concerning our trained and sworn officers of the law, I think the average person will be stunned at the absolute lack of training that it takes to carry a gun as an armed guard in this country,” Griffin told TVNewser in an exclusive interview. ”In one state you can simply become an armed guard by putting on a uniform, buying a badge and a gun and calling yourself one” Read more