On the TSA blog each week there’s a report on the number of firearms – and loaded firearms – officers find at airport checkpoints.
The weekly numbers – and images – always alarm me. But this week’s report on the number of firearms found in the past TWO weeks is super alarming: over the past two weeks TSA officers found 165 firearms at airport checkpoints.
79 one week. 86 the week after.
Of those 165 firearms, TSA tells us 144 were loaded (!) and 56 had a round chambered.
Whenever I write about this I get emails telling me not to worry. “Those aren’t terrorists,” people tell me, “Just innocent ‘regular’ people who forgot they had their guns with them.”
What happens to these people? Often, nothing.
Depending on the state and the situation, travelers are somtimes just told to come back without their gun. Sometimes there’s a fine. Occasionally, an arrest.
You’d think that since by law no passengers are allowed to bring guns into the secure side of an airport – or onto an airpane – the number of people bringing guns to the airport would be decreasing.
But the yearly tallies just go up.