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Freedom to shoot people trumps our freedom to go about our business


because FREEDOM

Today's Los Angeles Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Union urges armed TSA agents," Nov. 5

Rather than confronting the real problem — the easy availability and ubiquitous presence of guns in our society — arming some Transportation Security Administration agents would be yet another step toward a quasi-militarized society.

It was not long ago that the representatives of the arms merchants were calling for armed teachers in our classrooms.

The widespread availability of guns has begun to limit the freedom of law-abiding citizens to go about their daily lives. We have reached the point where a trip to the mall, the airport or a courtroom might become a desperate battle to escape the crossfire.

Ironically, even as the National Rifle Assn. invokes freedom, our freedom to go about our business is being assaulted and curtailed by multiple layers of armed groups. We must intelligently confront the threat to our freedom that firearms represent in our country, as every gun owner is law-abiding until he isn't.

Alfred Sils

Woodland Hills

I'm a huge supporter of unions, but that doesn't mean I always agree with their positions. More guns in the hands of more people whose job it isn't to use them? No thank you.


PhotOH! Toy "security check point" bombs on Amazon (no pun intended)


From Sign of the Times Department:

toy security check point

"We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock." What? It wasn't popular enough to bring back? The kiddies and their parents just weren't that into it? Gee, can't imagine why.

Maybe because they didn't include a "Private Interrogation Room Playhouse," handcuffs, or optional action figures gawking at the potential terrorist when an optional alarm buzzer (batteries not included) sounds when optional metal bomb parts trigger it? They also left out shoe bomb accessories and lawsuit forms.

No wonder it's wasn't a big seller.


Spokeswoman: TSA turns away Sen. Rand Paul. UPDATED, VIDEO ADDED.


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I hope to gawd there is video.

(CNN) -- Authorities blocked U.S. Sen. Rand Paul at the Nashville airport Monday after the Kentucky Republican refused a pat-down at a security checkpoint, his spokeswoman said.

Paul went through a scanner at the airport and set off an alarm, said his spokeswoman, Moira Bagley. He wanted to go through the body scan again instead of getting a pat-down, but officers of the Transportation Security Administration refused, Bagley said.

UPDATE by Laffy: He wasn't detained, per the TSA, and ironically, he was on his way to speak at the March for Life (TSA Prevents Rand Paul From Speaking at March for Life). The hypocrisy never ends.

As one of my Twitter pals said, "Rand Paul refuses a pat down as too intrusive but is okay with the govt forcing women to have sonograms."

NBC News' Tom Costello reports that, according to sources at the TSA, Paul was not detained, but was escorted by police out of the checkpoint.


VIDEO- Airline pilot: "The [TSA] message was, 'You've angered us by telling the truth.'"


The truth hurts, TSA?

SACRAMENTO, CA - An airline pilot is being disciplined by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for posting video on YouTube pointing out what he believes are serious flaws in airport security.

The 50-year-old pilot, who lives outside Sacramento, asked that neither he nor his airline be identified. He has worked for the airline for more than a decade and was deputized by the TSA to carry a gun in the cockpit.

He is also a helicopter test pilot in the Army Reserve and flew missions for the United Nations in Macedonia.


Within days of the video appearing on YouTube, a team of four federal agents and two sheriff's deputies appeared on the pilot's driveway to confiscate his federally-issued handgun and badge in what the pilot believes was an obvious attempt to intimidate him.

Additionally, the pilot's state-issued permit to carry a concealed weapon was suspended by his county sheriff. [...]

The pilot said he had resigned his position as an FFDO and was told by a TSA representative the resignation would result in the case being closed. [...]

"... Really, the only way this news story got traction is because of the government's response," he pointed out.

H/t: HnstyNgov