Federalism be DAMNED, you simpletons!

The consolidation of laws in one level of government without the option for states to choose their own course always works well, right?

The chairman of the U.S. House’s Homeland Security Committee wants the federal government to keep Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport a gun-free zone. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) wrote Transportation Security Administration officials Monday asking them what they will do to keep guns out of the world’s busiest airport in light of a new Georgia law that allows Georgians with carry permits to tote guns into restaurants that sell alcohol, onto public transportation and, supporters say, into the airport.

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16 comments

  1. Game Fan says:

    The last thing pro-gun advocates want is something to “backfire” on them. So there may not be a huge groundswell on this one. But on a separate note, what are airports nowadays? “International zones”? “Federal” whatever? Or maybe some have been “outsourced” to some multinational corporation? (like Dubai ports, or the proposed NAFTA superhighway??)

  2. Progressive Dem says:

    What sane person thinks that guns should be brought to an airport?

    The gun lobby has gone off another looney ride. Encouraging guns at the airport is the equivalent to wearing a little tag that says, “kick me”.

    The general public ain’t with you on this one. Thanks for over reaching.

  3. Goldwater Conservative says:

    Beyond the security checkpoints is at least federal. Many airports have international terminals…and that is technically international territory. (Considering the layout of hartsfield, on the other hand, the Feds can site the interstate commerce claus and various other diplomatic reasons why their laws should be passed and applied to airports.)

    The rest of the airport (i.e. baggage claim and the atrium, etc.) is public gathering area. Best way to look at the situtation is to look at who employs the security/policing forces that patrol the facility. As it stands, the city of atlanta does. Unless these big government gun nuts are willing to open their eyes, the state of ga will have some news costs that they will incure when the mayor of atlanta pulls the atl police from their posts at the airport.

    Why do you need a gun at the airport anyways? There is a security official or police officer within 15 feet of any individual at any given time. I am glad to see that with the economy in the crapper and the housing market squeezing everybody’s wallet that our elected representatives in government are making new wedge issues to maintain their electoral prowess. Congrats GOP…you have brought American politics to a new low.

  4. boyreporter says:

    Progressive and Goldwater: Good points all around. But you’re wasting your time trying to find logic and sense among gun nuts. You see, it’s not about protection or reverence for the 2nd Amendment (those are just excuses). It’s about satisfying libidinal urges that they have no other way of addressing. Gun nuts get off on shooting and fantasizing and dressing up (often cross-dressing-up), so pity them.

  5. AtlConservative says:

    All of you who are against the right to carry – I have a question: Who follows the laws in the first place? Law-abiding citizens! So, complain all you want, but your crazy “gun control” laws only control those who follow the law anyway! Those who want a gun can get one with or without the right to carry – and they do!

  6. Tinkerhell says:

    Ahh Boyreporter, if I’ll give you anything it’s that you are consistent in you weak ad-hominem attacks. You no more miss a chance to call a pro-gun person a hairy knuckled, tiny d!cked excuse for a human than I do the opportunity to stand up for the right of any self respecting, law abiding man to take care of himself and his own.

    Goldwater – cop within 15 at all times. Tell that to anyone who has ever had to park a few hundred yards away from the terminal and arrive off a red eye at 2 or 3 in the morning & walk back to their vehicle. Airport security is only 10 or 15 feet away, and the police are only a phone call away and will save you from the bad guy if you just call 911. You keep believing it and I’ll keep trusting my own ability to protect my family.

  7. boyreporter says:

    Ah, AtlConservative and Tinkerhell…your ardor for “shooting off” and for frontier justice make me wonder just how you get through each day with such fears. I picture Don Knotts, quaking and bug-eyed, searching for the bullet grown-ups made him keep in his shirt pocket. You should get together and keep each other snug and safe.

  8. AtlConservative says:

    Well, better us than you boyreporter! FYI, I don’t own a gun nor have a desire, but I should have the choice. And my friend, if it’s so terrible that people want to be able to defend themselves, then maybe you should move to a country with no guns! BTW, boy – wouldn’t it have been nice that horrid day at VT if one person in that class had a gun to stop so many people from dying? Or what about Israel today? The terrorist driver was shot by a civilian first!

  9. boyreporter says:

    What if that person in the class shot a bunch more people as he/she tried to be the hero you guys always envision? Look, it’s not about choice and defending oneself, really…it’s about what gets you going in the morning, about what you consider important, what gins you up. Of all possibilities, it’s guns? That’s sick.

  10. gatormathis says:

    What if that person in the class shot a bunch more people as he/she tried to be the hero you guys always envision?

    Reminds me of that bumper sticker I saw………….

    Gun Control is hitting what you aim at!

  11. jsm says:

    “What if that person in the class shot a bunch more people as he/she tried to be the hero you guys always envision?”

    Well, what if Peter Pan got angry and shot Tinkerbell, boy? Stupid hypotheticals are not an argument. Just knowing that law-abiding people are armed might very well keep some idiot from pulling a stunt like the VT massacre. The point is that either we’re a free country or we’re not. Were it up to you, we would not.

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