When the TSA boasts, there is no reason to trust what they say.
I know we’re supposed to be impressed with these large numbers. But I have to admit they don’t affect me at all, except to induce a sigh and an eye-roll.
Every day, transportation security officers interact with nearly two million travelers across the United States with a single goal in mind – ensuring the safety and security of the traveling public.
We want to share with you examples of the continued vigilance of TSA officers in protecting our nation’s transportation systems, including some of the most unusual items discovered at checkpoints.
TSA had a busy year in 2014, screening more than 653 million passengers in 2014 (about 1.8 million per day), which is 14.8 million more passengers than last year.
And this is supposed to be a good thing? That they’ve treated that many people like criminals and herded them like cattle? We’re supposed to rejoice at the TSA’s success? Wait, how many terrorists have they caught from these “screenings?” Oh, that’s right: 0. And that’s not just last year. They’ve caught a total of 0 terrorists ever since the TSA was born.
The part where the TSA really wants us to pat them on the back (careful how you pat them, because they might charge you with sexual assault) is the number of guns (gasp!) that they confiscated last year from criminal passengers:
2,212 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country, averaging more than six firearms per day. Of those, 2,212 (83 percent) were loaded. Firearms were intercepted at a total of 224 airports; 19 more airports than last year.
There was a 22 percent increase in firearm discoveries from last year’s total of 1,813.
Now, many of you will likely say something like this: “I support the 2nd Amendment and all, but these people should have known better than to try to bring a gun on board a plane.” Maybe so. But see, that just shows that we’ve accepted the fact that we have so many 2nd Amendment-free zones in this country. So many of us have been conditioned into believing that it really is wrong to bring a gun aboard a plane. Just like it really is wrong to bring a gun into a theater or a government school. Your home, sure, and maybe your car, but guns shouldn’t be allowed anywhere else. The 2nd Amendment after all isn’t an absolute right. It’s subject to many restrictions and “clarifications.”
It reminds me of what a cop told me one time. He thought that random police checkpoints were a great idea (in spite of that pesky 4th Amendment) because of how many illegal things, including guns, that they yield. And I’m sure they touted those numbers for all to see so that everyone knew how “successful” they were.
The TSA didn’t mention if any of these gun-owners were found to be terrorists or people with criminal intent. The blog also conveniently left out how many TSA agents have been caught stealing other people’s valuables, or helping to traffic drugs, guns and explosives.