Readers crunch the numbers regarding airport security, handguns

DAILY RFT, JULY 1, 2010
LA RUSSA BACKS ARIZONA LAW
And the Tea Party: Of course Tony La Russa is a teabagger ["Tony La Russa: Embraces Tea Party, Bitch Slaps Diamondbacks, Wetbacks," Chad Garrison]. He's an old, rich white guy who likes animals more than people. He also seems to be willing to give up a large amount of prospects in order to "secure our border."
Greetings, via the Internet

DAILY RFT, JUNE 30, 2010
AIRPORT SECURITY ILLUSIONS
Waste of effort: Everything that needed to be done to prevent another 9/11-style attack was done — finished and done — by the time United Flight 93 hit the ground ["The TSA Gets Put on Notice — And Yes, Removing Your Shoes at the Airport Is Idiotic," Ellis E. Conklin]. For 40-plus years, every airline of every nation in the world except El Al in Israel had the same policy: When someone hijacks a plane in flight, give them whatever they want until the plane is on the ground. Do not ever resist them or they might kill all the passengers. That's the vulnerability that bin Laden exploited. And that vulnerability stopped existing the moment the heroes of Flight 93 rose up to resist.

Every hour and dollar wasted has been for one and only one purpose — so that when there's another terror attack on the U.S., the government can say that they were doing everything they could, so don't blame them.
J. Brad Hicks, via the Internet

Playing the odds: Let me see if I have this right: Two million passengers per day (in the U.S. only) for the past nine years (since 9/11) amounts to about 6.5 billion passengers. One nut tries to blow up a plane with explosives in his underwear, which failed. (BTW: You can't put enough explosives in your underwear to down a plane.) And now our government wants to strip-search or pat down all American travelers at a cost of billions of dollars. Nobody has been killed by terrorists on an American aircraft since 9/11! Odds: 1 in 6.5 billion. Powerball: 1 in 40 million. State lottery: 1 in 14 million. I'm 465 times more likely to win the state lottery than to be killed by terrorists on a plane! What are our legislators smoking? Billions of dollars to strip-search air travelers, while teachers all over the country are out of work, and cities and towns go bankrupt. What's wrong with this picture?
Winpie, via the Internet

Well put: TSA: Giving the Postal Service a good name since 2001.
KittyLitterKing, via the Internet

DAILY RFT, JUNE 30, 2010
RESEARCH NEEDED
Give me a break: Do some research on this instead of just rewriting Bill Hannegan's boasting e-mail ["Keep St. Louis Free Scores Victory...in Springfield," Chad Garrison]. This outcome had nothing to do with him and is certainly not a victory. The mayor pushing the ban, and the group backing it, withdrew their support and asked the council to kill it because it became too weak with exemptions. OK, now read this from the Springfield Business Journal: "'If you're going to make the same mistakes we made in 2003 and exempt any organization that wants to play bingo in the back of their bar, then you've made a terrible mistake,' said Josh Garrett, government relations director for American Cancer Society, who withdrew ACS support from the ordinance."
John Morris, via the Internet

DAILY RFT, JUNE 29, 2010
HANDGUN BANS ARE USELESS
Criminals will always find weapons: Your statistics are meaningless ["Tuesday Tussle, Part 1: Supreme Court's Gun Ban Ruling Will Lead to More Bloodshed," Keegan Hamilton]. How many of the handguns used in those 80 Chicago shootings were legally purchased within the city limits of Chicago? Or how many of the shooters were carrying weapons they legally bought themselves? Or how many of those shooters would have registered the gun if given the chance?

Criminals are going to get guns if they want them. Having a handgun ban in Chicago or D.C. is nothing more than a shill law for politicians to tout for the sake of politicking. Criminals just go to another jurisdiction to get their guns. Or they have them delivered from another state. The only people punished by a handgun ban are the law abiders, people who are exponentially less likely to ever use a handgun for a criminal offense. Look at the story this way: Despite a long-standing handgun ban in the city of Chicago, there were still 80 shootings over a five-day span. I'm just thinking outside the box here, but maybe a handgun ban doesn't fucking work and is a fucking stupid idea!
The Man, via the Internet

 
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