Category Archives: Guns

Guns on Planes

I am wondering what you think about allowing citizens to take weapons (such as guns) on public flights? The problem with weapon laws, in my understanding, is that those who obey the laws do not need the laws in the first place and those that break laws are going to break them anyway. In other words, if a terrorist really wants to find a way to get a gun on a plane and then tries to use it, all the law abiding citizens are at the mercy of the terrorist. If law abiding citizens are allowed to exercise their right to bear arms, ANY WHERE (including planes, hospitals, churches, etc), I would think that terrorists and other law breakers would be much more hesitant to attack, for fear of not just law enforcement officers but also average citizens.

On the topic of “what happens if someone shoots a gun on a plane, even accidentally”, Mythbusters had a great episode on that actually. They pressurized a plane and shot holes through it. Nothing catastrophic. The myth was totally busted. They had to attach a major explosive to the side of the plane to actually affect some catastrophic damage.

What are your thoughts about guns on planes?