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Got tired of the last thread, but I have enough info to write a book on the subject. But iyt got me to thinking about the TSA as a response to 9/11

The TSA was created a couple of months after 9/11 2001 by the Bush Jr administration response to the 9/11 attacks. It started off flailing in every direction before settling down into the organization that we see today. If you have travelled before and after the TSA you can see the difference. Before it was just a passport check on exit, now it is empty pockets, take off shoes and belt, full person scan, pat down if needed, luggage x-ray, prohibited items in trash, liquids in a clear bag, swabs for explosives. You know the drill. Once part that you may have a second screening depending on the airline policy (think El-Al)

The TSA still modifies its drill based on new threats that are found by everyone can now relax securely in the knowledge that the plane is safe. Well safe from passengers that is. Cargo is a different matter, for a long time there was no simple means of checking it, and even now it is often not used. Then there is ground staff, tough to pernitrate but once in, the possibilities are endless. You also have to consider the security previous landing points, could they have slipped something on board, as was the case with Lockerbie.

Since 9/11 there have been no other successful events, but people have tried. So is TSA doing well or are they just lucky. I think it is a mixture of both. An most are accepting of the TSA intrusion on our travel plans.

If you look at it from Bin Laden's perspective, if he has one at the bottom of the sea, the 9/11 were wildly successful. His group executed a terrible deed that was both spectacular audiations, but the after effect was even more spectacular. A multi year war in Afghanistan and the world forever burdened with the new cost of securing travel.

This analogy mirrors gun control in many ways. But the most obvious is that responsible travelers accept the inconvenience as a necessity to travel. Similarly responsible gun owners should be amenable to some inconvenience as a necessity to ownership. This should be the starting point for discussion on gun control. Like air travel is a matter of group rights where all passengers are a member of the group and responsible the outcome of the group. Gun owners must take responsibility for the gun group as a whole and participate to come up with novel solutions that help reduce the problem.
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