WASHINGTON, January 23, 2015 – The Transportation Security Administration report released on Friday explains that 2014 had a record number of guns seized by agents.
The TSA said that over 224 airports the TSA discovered 2,212 firearms in carry-on bags at 224 airports — about six a day and that 84% of those guns were loaded.
The largest number of weapons were confiscated at Dallas / Fort Worth “In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items,” the TSA said in its blog post reviewing the data.
The numbers from 2013 to 2014 represent a 22%. The number of firearms discovered at TSA checkpoints has risen nearly every year since 2005.
Travelers can transports guns and ammunition in checked baggage, according to the TSA web site which states:
Travelers may only transport UNLOADED firearms in a locked, hard-sided container as checked baggage. The container must be completely secured from being accessed. All firearms, ammunition and firearm parts, including firearm frames, receivers, clips and magazines are prohibited in carry-on baggage.
Realistic replicas of firearms are also prohibited in carry-on bags and must be packed in checked baggage. Rifle scopes are permitted in carry-on and checked bags.
Some things are more curious then nefarious. The TSA routinely confiscates items that conceal knives or sharp objects. One of the most interesting is a replica Eiffel tower that concealed a long blade. Another recent item was an enchilada concealing a knife, that it seems was probably accidentally rolled in to the tasty treat!
A favorite TSA gun confiscation victory story is when in December 2013, a brave and courageous TSA agent averted a potential tragedy when she confiscated a dangerous weapon from a woman attempting to smuggle it on board a plane.
“Rooster Monkburn” the dreaded sock puppet doppelganger of John Wayne’s “Rooster Cogburn” from “True Grit,” attempted to swagger by the TSA security checkpoint and wreak havoc upon the people beyond.
Wait, no, what that was meant to say was; on December 3, 2013 a TSA agent removed a two inch plastic prop pistol from the holster of a sock puppet the agent thought posed a security risk. Phyllis May, the Gepetto to Rooster’s Pinocchio, was shocked and embarrassed.
Ms. May had recounted her exchange with the TSA agent with King5-TV in Seattle.
“And the (TSA agent) held it up and said ‘whose is this?’” she said. “I realized oh, my God this is my bag.” May said the TSA agent went through the bag, through the sewing supplies and found the two-inch long pistol. “She said ‘this is a gun,’” said May. “I said no, it’s not a gun it’s a prop for my monkey.” “
She said ‘If I held it up to your neck, you wouldn’t know if it was real or not,’ and I said ‘really?’” said May.
The TSA agent told May she would have to confiscate the tiny gun and was supposed to call the police.
“I said well go ahead,” said May. “And I said really? You’re kidding me right, and she said no it looks like a gun.”
“She took my monkey’s gun,” said May, who has retained her sense of humor. “Rooster Monkburn has been disarmed so I’m sure everyone on the plane was safe,” she said. “I understand she was doing her job but at some point doesn’t common sense prevail?”
Unfortunately not then, or now.
We can all agree that possibly allowing people to walk onto planes with guns, sharp objects or things that could blow up is not a good idea.
However in the progressive war on guns, common sense will not prevail. When you hear things like “If I held it up to your neck, you wouldn’t know if it was real or not…”
America this is why we can’t have nice things.
President Obama and his allies in The Brady Campaign, the Attorney General’s Office, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, in the educational system, and all over the country have sprinkled magic Progressive dust over the anti-gun movement in this country to the point where if they cannot legislate firearms out of the hands of Americans they are going to shame them out of the hands of Americans.
It’s not like this event is even surprising anymore.
We all remember the slew of children who were either suspended or expelled for “gun” related infractions. There was the kid who bit his Poptart into a semi-automatic pastry. There was the kid (freaking toddler) who made a gun with his hands and was suspended.
There was the 8th grader in West Virginia who was arrested for refusing to remove an NRA shirt that was well within school dress code regulations. Matthew Pinkerton was indicted on 2nd Degree murder in Glenn Burnie, MD for failing to dial 911 after he shot and killed the man who broke into his home and tried to attack his family.
According to several reporting news sites, the affidavit of probable cause read something like “failed to dial 911.”
And a woman was held up at the airport by a TSA agent because the toy prop in her sock puppets holster was too lifelike.
It was two inches long, no one in their right mind would think that was a real weapon. But maybe TSA agents aren’t in their right mind. Who knows?
This constant attack by the left on American gun culture has made guns a dirty topic.
This incident with the TSA taking a fake, two inch, prop gun from a sock puppet is just another incident in a long line of incidents which push the American gun culture further and further out into the realm of being a topic that is inappropriate to talk about.
Anti-gun movements have been placed at the forefront of the Progressive movement right up there with the redistribution of wealth, and so to those that follow the Progressive agenda or those employed by the Federal government becoming anti-gun seems to be the same thing as believing in an increased tax for the upper brackets and supporting universal healthcare.
This anti-gun culture has permeated almost all aspects that Americans come in contact with, and while it is not expected that guns be promoted in schools, there is an expectation that they are not demonized as well.
It’s a fundamental American right, and people who like to talk about it and who support the right to bear arms which are enumerated and cemented by the Bill of Rights in the Constitution, do not deserve to be demonized by individuals or groups who wish to see such rights curtailed.
When people talk about curtailing the right to free speech or to religion there is widespread talk of censorship and people point to the Bill of Rights and demand that their rights be upheld.
Yet when these campaigns against the legal and lawful ownership of firearms by groups such as Mayors Against Illegal Guns and The Brady Campaign seek to limit the kind of firearms a person can have or where they can have them it is no less an affront to our rights as Americans as the government infringing upon our right to exercise our religion and no less an affront to our rights than being told to cease speaking out against the government.
It is a culture of fear that seeks to convince people that a hunk of metal and plastic and wood is for some reason capable of harboring properties of evil and malice when those attributes cannot be applied to inanimate objects.
But those who seek to curb the ownership of firearms in this country do not care, they simply seek to scare Americans into believing that guns will sprout legs and start killing people, and that everyone who talks about guns is obviously a psychotic killer, and anyone who wears a t-shirt depicting a gun or anyone who holds anything that remotely resembles a gun is obviously the next mass murder.
Of course there are those who will respond to this posting and condescendingly decry “no one is coming for your guns!”
Well here is some information to head you off at the pass. In 1995 Dianne Feinstein gave an interview in which she stated that if she had the votes, “Mr. and Mrs. America turn em all in…”
New York has sent out notices to gun owners to either hand in the weapons which the new SAFE 2013 act made illegal, get them out of the state, or pay the price. That year, two New Jersey legislators were caught saying that they needed a bill that would “confiscate, confiscate, confiscate…”
There is a great blog post called “Dear Gun Control Advocates: 6 Ways to Make a Better Gun Control Argument” in which the Liberal author spells out the various ways which gun control failed. Google it, and then argue how ignorant gun owners are for believing that their right to own firearms is not under attack.
But hey, if you like your gun you can keep it, right?
A TSA agent confiscated a two inch prop from a sock puppet maker believing it to be a threat to airport security. One could live ten lifetime and never have to type those words on a keyboard.
The movement by the Progressive left to curb gun ownership has stalled on the legislative side, and so now they must rely on societal pressure to do what legal pressure could not.
Until such a trend is reversed, we could see a lot more incidents in which individuals are punished for supporting the 2nd Amendment, even if they are toddlers and accidentally form firearms with pastries. And to those who believe that no one is coming for our guns, just tell that to Rooster Monkburn.