Why You Will Always Have to Take Your Shoes Off at Airports


There are so many things wrong with the security theater performed at airports it’s hard to know where to focus one’s ire. You could zoom in on granny molestation, or zoom out and wonder if the TSA was designed specifically to suck-up tens of billions of dollars in federal tax money—considering the corruption, condition, cost and obliviousness of the Agents involved. In case you missed it, all this anti-killer Kabuki is justified by the attacks of 9-11 and the 2001 shoe bomb plot. After that attempt, authorities could have asked themselves how Islamic fundamentalist (and American native) Richard Reid managed to fly beneath their radar for so long. Or how the plot was foiled (to gain tactical expertise). Instead, the TSA makes tens of millions of people remove their shoes at airports. Which ain’t gonna change. Not after this . . .

Two Taliban militants hiding handguns in their shoes infiltrated a government compound in southern Afghanistan on Saturday in an attempt to assassinate a provincial governor, setting off a fierce gunbattle that left two security guards and both attackers dead.

The assailants passed through a pair of security checks without their weapons being detected before a guard at the last check — in the reception room for the governor’s office — noticed something suspicious and stopped them, said Gov. Tooryalai Wesa, the apparent target of the attack. The militants then pulled the guns out of their shoes, shot the guards and took their weapons, he said.

That sparked a shoot-out with security forces that lasted about 30 minutes and left both attackers dead, said Parwiz Najib, a spokesman for the governor. One guard was wounded in the fighting.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the attack.

Question: when are U.S. citizens going to be allowed to take responsibility for their own safety when they fly? And if that concept doesn’t scare the horses enough, when are we going to be allowed to carry defensive weapons? Like, say, our legal firearm?

I’m thinking your great-great-great-grandchild will be wondering the same thing. In our time, Ron Paul was/is the only politician brave/foolhardy enough to raise the idea that our Second Amendment rights don’t end on the ground. Even the most die-hard gun rights advocates know that idea won’t fly. Yet.

Meanwhile, canes.