As we probably all know by now, the murder of a TSA agent is following the script that anyone who objects to the TSA’s unconstitutional groping is inspiring aggression. The Natonal Journal attempts to support this narrative through a story headlined, “The TSA Found 29 Firearms at Airports This Week, Before the LAX Shooting.” It states that “it turns out, loaded weapons get stopped at security checkpoints all the time.” As if this is somehow related to a guy coming to the airport to attack and kill people.
Over the last week, the TSA discovered 29 firearms—27 of which were loaded…
All of this of course happened before an armed suspect made it into LAX on Friday. And the last week wasn’t an outlier. The week before, 39 firearms were discovered. Between Sept. 27 and Oct. 15, the TSA collected 84 loaded arms.
Oh, and in 2012 as a whole, airport screeners found more than 1,500 guns at checkpoints. That was up from a total of 1,320 guns in 2011. Of course, not everyone who brought a gun to an airport intended to do harm. But the sheer number of firearms points to a potential for violence far greater than most people may think.
This is delusional or deceptive reporting.
In the first place, baggage has been screened and handguns kept off airplanes for decades and decades before anyone dreamed up the TSA. Since the official 9-11 story tells us the planes were hijacked with “box cutters,” handguns are not even relevant to the rationale for starting the TSA.
Secondly, for all the guns stopped we can be sure that others have traveled by airplane without incident.
Last fall, as he had done hundreds of times, Iranian-American businessman Farid Seif passed through security at a Houston airport and boarded an international flight.
He didn’t realize he had forgotten to remove the loaded snub nose “baby” Glock pistol from his computer bag. But TSA officers never noticed as his bag glided along the belt and was x-rayed. When he got to his hotel after the three-hour flight, he was shocked to discover the gun traveled unnoticed from Houston.
“It’s just impossible to miss it, you know. I mean, this is not a small gun,” Seif told ABC News. “How can you miss it? You cannot miss it.”
But the TSA did miss it, and despite what most people believe about the painstaking effort to screen airline passengers and their luggage before they enter the terminal, it was not that unusual.
Experts tell ABC News that every year since the September 11 terror attacks, federal agencies have conducted random, covert “red team tests,” where undercover agents try to see just how much they can get past security checks at major U.S. airports. And while the Department of Homeland Security closely guards the results as classified, those that have leaked in media reports have been shocking.
According to one report, undercover TSA agents testing security at a Newark airport terminal on one day in 2006 found that TSA screeners failed to detect concealed bombs and guns 20 out of 22 times. A 2007 government audit leaked to USA Today revealed that undercover agents were successful slipping simulated explosives and bomb parts through Los Angeles’s LAX airport in 50 out of 70 attempts, and at Chicago’s O’Hare airport agents made 75 attempts and succeeded in getting through undetected 45 times.
Basically, the TSA receives a Federal budget to fail at keeping us safe and is allowed to keep their incompetence a state secret. The TSA is not the paragon of efficiency or professionalism.
Third, if someone had forgotten to remove a gun from a carry-on that day, the life of a TSA agent might have been saved. This is just another shooting in a gun free zone. Even in an airport, the cops are too far away. Even though the LAPD had, by some amazing coincidence, conducted a drill for the exact same scenario that happened Friday only three weeks earlier, they still couldn’t prevent loss of life.
The presence of other unauthorized handguns would not have increased the “potential for violence,” bur rather the potential for stopping violence!
Yet the National Journal story concludes:
American airports have never been gun-free. They have only been largely violence-free because of the TSA.
Riiiiight. Because, before the TSA, we used to have shootings at airports and on airplanes all the time.
Why do people make up such incredible and obvious nonsense? The writer has to know he is printing falsehoods. Every single reader above the age of twelve (and many younger) has to know it to. The writer has to know the reader knows it. They are all expected (and they sadly meet this expectation) to pretend this is a reasonable and accurate story.
We can expect the same delusional reporting on the deathtrap of Obamacare. In ten years the National Journal will report that, if it weren’t for Obamacare, there wouldn’t be any hospitals, nurses, or doctors.