Posted On: Friday - September 9th 2022 4:54PM MST
In Topics:   US Police State  Americans  Liberty/Libertarianism  Guns
The Babylon Bee site sure writes great headlines, so my title is a takeoff on the HBO TV show (Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee- only seen one episode) as was their Apple TV+ Announces New Show 'Clintons In Cars Killing Witnesses'. Heh!
Well, this is a post going in a happier direction than all the curmudgeonly ones of late.
First, let it be said (yet again here) that the TSA - Fed "security" at airports) is an unConstitutional piece of Security Theater. The same could be said for their umbrella department or ANY government department with a name like Motherland Security.* Peak Stupidity has a number of posts deriding the idea of the TSA appropriately with the US Police State topic key. There have been 20 years of this clear violation of US Constitution Bill of Rights Amendment IV. I'd say that this Totalitarianism is more clearly spelled out than anything the Feds have done in the PanicFest even - not that I agree with any of that either.
OK, people don't care anymore, and some never did, I know. I have tried harder not to take out my disappointment and disgust with the process of airport security on individuals, with occasional relapses. This medium-sized airport through which I go often is one in which I recognize many of the TSA people. One, who is a manager of the show, knows me by name, and likewise. We get along very well.
As I was chatting with this gentleman at his desk/counter, I heard behind me one of the "agents" say "this lady had a bullet in her stuff". "Cartridge, dammit!... " is what I wanted to say, but I didn't know the difference either many years back. What was heartening was that no big fuss was made. I didn't see anyone get tackled, the airport cop get called, or even anyone given a hard time.
Just take the thing out, cause, you know, terra. The nice shiny steel cartridge was on the counter, and I remarked "is it a .380, no 9, no wait, it's longer right, a .32?", thinking out-loud basically. The TSA manager agreed it was a thirty-two caliber round, and then we talked handguns for about 5 minutes. He's got a .25 as his only semi-auto but a number of revolvers such as a .32. I told him about a couple of mine, and well, nobody gave a rat's ass about that cartridge sitting there as I left to go to the gate.
That was nice. That was more American than anything I'd have seen at that London Heathrow pit of misery (see "relapse" link above). I wish the whole operation were not there, and this very nice manager could be manager of something else, but this made my day.
PS: It's not like loads of these things, guns along with ammo, don't get found in luggage daily**, and I'm sure quite a few go on through. I saw an internal TSA memo about 10 years back that had a 2-page, probably 40 item list of guns found in bags at US airports in one week. Per the spread-sheet style print-out, about half were loaded, and a couple had bullets in the chambers. Do we have THAT many un-profiled American terrorists in our land? No, these are the good Americans, and the good guys having weapons is a good thing!
* Well, it's like that, right?
** A friend of mine had his Glock in his his hand luggage headed on a ski trip. He had to go talk with the cops, but he made his flight. The part that burns me up is that he never got that gun back. (Fines are one thing, but you can't just take STUFF.) Later, I met a TSA higher-up (office guy) on a flight and told him this story. After the story I told him "Don't worry. He's got plenty more of them."