Guns, knives, explosives flying into South Fla. airports local10.com proclaims, somehow resisting the obvious temptation to finish it off with an exclamation mark. And if that bit of passively constructed anti-pistol polemicizing wasn’t enough to convince people that people aren’t the problem – inanimate objects are – the lead gets it done. “Threatening weapons, including guns, knives and explosives, have been flying into South Florida airport security checkpoints like never before.” Literally? Or have these threatening weapons been flying into the Gunshine State for years without the public’s knowledge? Just how big is this improbable problem? I’m glad I asked myself that question . . .
At Miami International Airport, agents found 24 guns last year. That’s more than double found the year before that, when there were 11. Passengers packed ammunition 546 times last year, which was an increase of 82. There were also two more incidents of explosives being found, 2,267 more knives and 23 more box cutters found in 2013.
In case you need a little context – a desire not shared by local10.com – Miami International Airport deplaned and enplaned 20,201,503 passengers in 2013. There were no hijackings or terrorist attacks, nor anyone arrested for plotting or attempting to carry out a terrorist attack.
Of course, if one of these threatening weapons had made it on board an aircraft and attempting to injure or kill passengers of ground targets, all of the passengers would be disarmed. How passively constructed is that?