Each week, the TSA throws up a blog post informing the public of weapons confiscated by agents at checkpoints. This week, the agency said 29 firearms were confiscated in the past week alone. Just two were unloaded; nine had a round in the chamber.
The post takes on extra significance this week, as the agency lost one of its own in the line of duty, as he was shot to death at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Suspect Paul Ciancia, who is currently in custody after being wounded by police, is reported to have held anti-government views based on a statement he was carrying with him, and some witnesses suggested that the 23-year-old was only going after TSA agents.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never been comfortable with the TSA, and their security policies are probably something of an overcorrection to a degree. But the TSA does have value, even if it does feel like it’s just for show 80 percent of the time, or it does feel overly invasive for what it is. Even if we don’t like their methods, we have to learn to either make peace with them or to find constructive ways to change them.
Our trust in the government has been shaken this year (google “Edward Snowden” if you don’t believe me), but there are clearly better ways to handle this than the route Ciancia appears to have chosen. It’s too bad that we have those actions as an example of what not to do. Our anger as a culture has plenty of room to simmer; there’s no need for it to boil. — Ernie @ SFB