Have gun, will travel

And here’s another item that’s left the Bellyacher’s scratching our collective heads, and one that gets filed in that overloadedfile folder labeled: ‘Only in America’. If the Christmas Day bombing attempt in Detroit by the ‘underwear bomber’ was weird and frightening enough, a recent news item is tad weirder and possibly way more frightening. The […]


And here’s another item that’s left the Bellyacher’s scratching our collective heads, and one that gets filed in that overloadedfile folder labeled: ‘Only in America’.

If the Christmas Day bombing attempt in Detroit by the ‘underwear bomber’ was weird and frightening enough, a recent news item is tad weirder and possibly way more frightening.

The fact that Americans seem to have a perverse love of guns of all sorts is well known. But did you know that some of them like to bring their guns with them!? And apparently that includes on airplanes.

The Transportation Security Administration has said that during the week after the underwear bomber incident, only 12 guns were confiscated at airport security checkpoints around the US. Wow we thought, that’s very weird — why are people showing up with their guns? Are they all air marshal wannabes, or maybe just taking that constitutional ‘own a gun to protect the nation’ thing to the extreme. Maybe they’ve just been living under a rock for the last decade and have no idea about aviation safety and security.

But the part of this story that is the real highlight, isn’t the fact that the TSA screeners confiscated 12 guns, post-underwear bomber, but that the 12 guns were a significant dip from the average35-40 per week that they normally find!