Carrying a Gun Into National: Totally Possible.

Just in case you still think TSA is a great group of people that Keep America Safeā„¢ from the terrorists, please take note of this story from last Sunday, when a West Virginia man carried a loaded firearm undetected past security. And, when he realized what he was carrying, he went back to let TSA know of their fuckup, he was arrested by Airport Police for his trouble.

There are moments when I seriously think that guys like Ron Paul have a good point. Then I remember that Ron Paul is batshit crazy and would do equally crazy things like reinstate the gold standard. This does nothing, though, to remind people not to carry their firearms aboard national transit, which I think we should all talk about more.

Want to own a gun? Great. All for that. Just don’t carry it unless you need it. On the airplane? Not so much with the needing that. Please pack accordingly.

8 Comments so far

  1. Don (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 2:31 pm

    Maybe I’m just in the mood to stick it to the media this week, but when I read that article in WaPo yesterday I was pretty torqued by how it ended:

    "The TSA spokesman said testing shows that the agency has a "very high success rate" in detecting firearms."

    You’d think that a reputable newspaper might follow up a bit on the claims of an agency that has just failed spectacularly. Like, say, the fact that said claim is a complete and total lie and that TSA’s own teams have shown that they fail far more often than they succeed?

    Or maybe you’d follow up on such a claim because they are an agency that consistently lies about the precautions they take and the mistakes they make?

    Nah, that would be too much like news reporting.

  2. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

    This, the same goon squad that gave me hell in a handbasket over having a tiny, flimsy pocket knife in my grab-and-go bathroom bag. It was a promo from a company I did some work for and I had not done carry-on in a couple years, so I didn’t even think of it. This explanation was not enough for them, though, and I got a stern, albeit short, lecture from a supervisor.

    Now they let people carry guns in and then arrest them when they try to come clean.

    What an incompetent organization.

  3. Caro (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 3:40 pm

    Seriously, this whole story is so weird… besides the disturbing apparent incompetence of the TSA, I can’t imagine a situation where I would ever A) be carrying a loaded firearm around when I was travelling, and B) forget that I was carrying said firearm until after I had gone through security.
    It’s all so fishy.

  4. Max (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 5:23 pm

    Back in the days when I was a smoker, I carried my lighter on to every single flight. I just tucked it away in my laptop bag. What if I’d had a shoe bomb or something?

  5. Jaylin (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 10:37 am

    I have been individualy searched with the metal detector wand at the airport and was able to pass through security with a lighter and 1 inch keychain swiss army knife in my pockets. On this occasion I had a one-way ticket from Las Vegas to Washington Reagan Airport.

    I’m not a terrorist, in fact I love this country very much and with the same spirit I want highlight that the TSA’s hyped up rhetoric, lies, and new rules, are all tools to personally engage the average american into fearful, war-mongering, sheeple*.

    *(mindless people that can be herded around any politician, brand name, or shiny object = sheeple)

  6. Tom (unregistered) on January 28th, 2008 @ 2:33 pm

    Don’t forget that you can take as much liquid on any plane as long as it’s labeled as baby formula or breast milk. This is a completely necessary exception, but the exception undermines the need for any liquid rules at all. A determined terrorist would be able to exploit the holes in the TSA’s security policy if they wanted to, so why make the general public suffer?

  7. Charles (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2008 @ 9:59 pm

    It’s interesting that the TSA fired the screener at Reagan National Airport who let the passenger with the gun through security, yet they let police officers beat up passengers and keep their jobs.

  8. Charles (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2008 @ 10:00 pm

    It’s interesting that the TSA fired the screener at Reagan National Airport who let the passenger with the gun through security, yet they let police officers beat up passengers and keep their jobs.

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