Glenn, a gun, and an airport


Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government

by Glenn Beck

GLENN: So I’m in the airport and, you know, I carry a gun from time to time and I go to whenever you go to the airport in New York, you know it’s going to be a nightmare because they immediately, if you have a gun, you are immediately a killer. There’s no reason. Most New Yorkers, especially those that work at the airport, most New Yorkers will think, you’ve got a gun? Why have a gun! Because, A, it’s my right to carry one. And have you noticed all the dangerous freaks around? So I went to the airport and, well, the lady immediately when I put my gun box up on the counter, I said it’s a gun, she was totally fine with it because she for some reason or another thought I was a cop and she said, okay, just fill this out. And she gave me a piece of paper I had never seen before. I didn’t even know what it was. And I’m looking at it and I realize it was for law enforcement. And I said, oh, I’m sorry, I’m not a police officer. I mean, I swear to you she almost reached down below the counter to push the button, "Bzzzz, there’s a killer, there’s killer at my desk, killer here." They made me take the gun out, apart. I mean, it already didn’t have the clip in it, it already had the bullets in a separate box, blah, blah blah, it was already locked, everything. Everything that you’re supposed to do. It had to be in three separate boxes. The bullets, the clip and the gun. Three separate pieces of luggage. I said, no, it doesn’t. Oh, don’t make that mistake. The airline just lost the gun part. It was no big deal. When I got to the other side of, you know, my destination and I said all the way there, my gun’s gone, my gun’s gone, it’s gone. It would have been safer for me to give it to a 4 year old child than to pass it over to the people at the airport. Lo and behold, I’m out West. My gun is in Canada. And I walked up to the counter and I said, "Hey, guess what’s missing?" Now unfortunately for the people out West who had nothing to do with the people back east, they kind of got the wrath. They said, "Your luggage?" I said, no, no, my gun! You know, the thing that the people on the other end were so concerned about? You people lost my gun. Of course, then somebody on the, you know, behind the counter heard the word "Gun." "Bzzzz, there’s a dangerous killer here, bzzzz." They finally tracked it and I swear to you he looked up and he said, "It’s currently in Montreal." Canada? Canada! First of all, we don’t necessarily have the most competent people working at the airport. They’ve kind of lost their vigilance. When George Bush changed their uniforms from white to blue shirts because people weren’t respecting the TSA, and do you remember this? And so they change their uniforms and they changed them from white to blue, I thought to myself, that’s not the reason we don’t listen to them. That’s not the reason why we don’t respect them.

Now, as you have heard earlier, I do listen to them. I don’t usually listen to me or anybody else, but I do usually listen to them because I know the power that they wield and I understand how miserable they can make my life. That’s not all TSA agents by any stretch of the imagination and it’s not all airports by any stretch of the imagination. But you don’t need to change the uniforms. Let’s use human intelligence, hmmm? And hire some humans from time to time that have some intelligence. Or use their eyes. And if you want to fix it, there’s no more technology that we need. It is a right to fly on a private carrier I’m sorry, it’s not a right to fly on a private carrier. It’s a privilege. Let’s have the private industry screen their own people like El Al does and you know what? Nobody’s going to get on a plane with the underwear and a bomb in it. Call me crazy.