I changed my mind. This is no longer my slice of the American Dream pie. It is now just a place for me to bitch.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

If only we had listened to Archie Bunker

Joe and I were discussing, as we often due, the proper way to handle the next would be terrorist that tries to hijack a plane. I suggested we give everyone on the plane a handgun for the duration of the flight (Maybe just those 12 and older). I got the idea after watching that Mythbusters where they showed it was a myth that bullets could depressurize a plane. Sure we will be handing the terrorist a gun, but I doubt he will get more than a shot off before he is gunned down...And sure perhaps the people in the seats next to him. But we could get rid of those assholes that made me walk barefoot through the airport on the way to Vegas (They also made me put my gum through the x-ray machine).

Why do I bring this up you ask? Well, because I just found out that a TV character thought of this over 20 years ago. In an article from 1984:

"Several years ago, in an episode of "All in the Family," Archie Bunker proposed a possible solution to the airline highjacking problem. He suggested that the government should arm all the passengers. Potential highjackers, fearing for their lives when confronted by a hundred or so armed adversaries, would no longer carry out these crimes. Archie pointed out that all the government would have to do is pass out the guns as the passengers boarded and collect them at deplaning, rather than use the elaborate x-ray and metal-detecting apparatus currently employed to discourage highjacking."

Apparently the creators of All in the Family were Communist, or something, and Archie Bunker was supposed to be a characture of a right-wing nut. But I got to tell ya, I think he was a head of his time.


Blogger handsome joe said...

Everyone gets one bullet, simple as that. Six terrorists, six bullets. Shit, these days you can't even knock over a 711 with six bullets. Especially when there are 120 other bullets on the plane that don't agree with your six. This is genius.

9:47 AM

Blogger handsome joe said...

Of course this means single serving honey roasted peanut theft may go up, but that's the price of freedom I suppose.

9:50 AM

Blogger Dennis Shoup said...

Ahh all in the family, it gave us ideas to thwart terrorists, and its spinoff - The Jeffersons. It's the gift that keeps on giving.

10:56 AM

Blogger Michael David Petrovich said...

Of course when some of the other passengers get picked off in the gun fight their whiny families will protest.

12:25 PM

Blogger BlaineC said...

Maybe instead of giving the passengers guns, you should have an undercover Ninja on every flight. That way if the terrorists try to take over the plane they will be met with the silent death of a heartless Ninja's blade. I think it would also reduce the incidence of drunken businessmen testing the "bullets can't break a plane window" theory.

1:24 PM


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