Liberty and security
Suffice it to say, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, Texas Democrat, is no fan of guns. In 2003, the National Rifle Association (NRA) took one look at her pro-gun-control voting record and gave her a rating of F.
That said, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was alerted to a recent airport-security incident involving Mrs. JacksonLee, who serves on the Homeland Security subcommittee on intelligence, information sharing and terrorism risk assessment.
The congresswoman was going through security at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston when the alarm sounded not once, but twice. However, when she was placed in a queue for follow-up screening, Mrs. JacksonLee “complained” about the process, according to the DHS.
When she insisted on retrieving her personal carry-on items, a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer informed her that she would first have to be rescreened, at which point the lawmaker continued to complain.
Now, one group is actually coming to the congresswoman’s defense. Or is it?
“I cannot commend you enough for criticizing the humiliating and degrading treatment that travelers must endure undergoing security screening,” Michael L. Bane, founder of the Armed Passengers Project, writes in a two-page letter to Mrs. Jackson-Lee.
“However, one very valid question has been overlooked throughout the years of dialogue since September 11th. That question is whether the victims of Flight 93 — indeed, the victims of all the doomed flights — could have saved themselves as well as the lives of others if they had been allowed by law to carry weapons onboard,” he says.
“If they had been permitted to do so, they would have had, literally, a fighting chance to stop the hijackers and at least minimize the damage done on that fateful day.”
Mr. Bane’s project (www.armedpassengers.org) advocates restoring the basic human right of selfdefense on planes, trains, buses and shops. He reminds Mrs. Jackson-Lee of what Ben Franklin said: “Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.”