The Senate passes a provision that will let Amtrak passengers have firearms in checked baggage.... just as airline passengers can. Mayor Bloomberg's reaction:
"This has nothing to do with the right to bear arms, and everything to do with keeping our country safe from terrorists."
??? Prohibiting guns in checked train baggage keeps the country safe from terrorists? Is Amtrak hiring terrorists to handle baggage?
Hat tip to Carl in Chicago...
... and apparently, we are HIS terrorists.
Posted by: Jim D. at September 22, 2009 09:47 PM
If Bloomberg wanted to keep us safe from terrorists, him and his croonies wouldn't say that security on America's rail lines is already very weak, and this extra burden would stretch them.
Already weak security measures, and these guys don't want to support improvements? That is what is outrageous!
Posted by: Cemetery's Gun Blob at September 23, 2009 04:38 AM
Is Amtrak hiring terrorists to handle baggage?
You REALLY want an answer to that question?
Posted by: dad29 at September 23, 2009 07:32 AM
Heck, I think you ought to be able to carry concealed on a TRAIN--another argument for nationalizing concealed carry reciprocity.
Airlines would never allow it, for safety reasons, but for train travel I don't see why not.
In 19th century America we had OPEN carry on trains.
Posted by: JJR at September 23, 2009 08:11 AM
Seems to me that "terrorist" is the left wing's reply to an argument they're losing when there's no obvious black person involved (in which case the preferred epithet is, of course, "racism.")
Posted by: skeptic5 at September 23, 2009 08:39 AM
And the point og hijacking a train is, what? To run it off its tracks and into some big building somewhere?
Posted by: Jim at September 23, 2009 09:54 AM
Are you unaware of the Madrid train bombings (3/11/04)?
The "point" of intolerant, militant Jihad is to kill kaffir and takfir until the goal of Sura 9:20 is reached.
9/11 wasn't about hijacking. It was about killing. 3/11 was about killing. Mumbai was about killing. A train is a target. Destroy a passenger train and you kill people.
No jihadi is going to hijack a train. They would aim to kill the passengers in as spectacular way as possible.
Posted by: Major Mike at September 23, 2009 10:58 AM
For what it might be worth (likely nothing), I emailed Mayor Bloomberg about the illogical of his statement, and also asked him to compare the conviction rate of CCW holders vs. that of his own police force.
Posted by: Jeff Showell at September 23, 2009 01:22 PM
That's illogic, not illogical!
Posted by: Jeff Showell at September 23, 2009 01:26 PM
upon reading this I instantly had to post this link:
If Bloomberg ever traveled on the train his security detail would be armed but hey they are LEOs and trained and know what they are doing, (see Corzine’s auto accident with a state trooper driving for the sarcasm)
Posted by: Rich at September 23, 2009 02:45 PM
Hijack a train and crash it? Haven't they seen the movie SilverStreak already? Or maybe they're thinking of this train.
Posted by: DirtCrashr at September 23, 2009 05:12 PM
Dad29, You beat me to it, I was thinking the same thing -- haven't terrorists been discovered working in airport ground crews?
Jeff, how do you expect a busy tyrant-in-training to have time to address the logic of your message when he can just call you names, instead?
If rule one is never let a crisis go to waste, and rule two is make your enemies play by their rules but ignore the rules yourself, then rule three is never address an opponent with logic when personal attacks or appeals to authority can be used.
Posted by: Windy Wilson at September 25, 2009 11:46 AM