Gun control through shaming

A TSA agent removed a two inch plastic prop pistol from the holster of a sock puppet the agent thought posed a security risk. Photo: Phyllis May via

WASHINGTON, December 10, 2013– On December 3, 2013, a brave and courageous TSA agent averted a potential tragedy when she confiscated a dangerous weapon from a woman attempting to smuggle it on board a plane.

“Rooster Monkburn” the dreaded sock puppet doppelganger of John Wayne’s “Rooster Cogburn” from “True Grit,” attempted to swagger by the TSA security checkpoint and wreak havoc upon the people beyond.

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Wait, no, what that meant to say was; on December 3, 2013 a TSA agent removed a two inch plastic prop pistol from the holster of a sock puppet the agent thought posed a security risk. Phyllis May, the Gepetto to Rooster’s Pinocchio, was shocked and embarrassed.

Ms. May recounted her exchange with the TSA agent with King5-TV in Seattle.

“And the (TSA agent) held it up and said ‘whose is this?’” she said. “I realized oh, my God this is my bag.”

May said the TSA agent went through the bag, through the sewing supplies and found the two-inch long pistol.

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“She said ‘this is a gun,’” said May. “I said no, it’s not a gun it’s a prop for my monkey.” 

“She said ‘If I held it up to your neck, you wouldn’t know if it was real or not,’ and I said ‘really?’” said May.

The TSA agent told May she would have to confiscate the tiny gun and was supposed to call the police.

“I said well go ahead,” said May. “And I said really? You’re kidding me right, and she said no it looks like a gun.”

“She took my monkey’s gun,” said May, who has retained her sense of humor.

“Rooster Monkburn has been disarmed so I’m sure everyone on the plane was safe,” she said. “I understand she was doing her job but at some point doesn’t common sense prevail?”

Thank you to for the interview.

The answer is no, common sense will not prevail. When you hear things like “If I held it up to your neck, you wouldn’t know if it was real or not…”

America this is why we can’t have nice things.

But this is symptomatic of a much larger problem in the United States, and that is government persecution of the American gun culture.

They may not be coming for your guns now, but you better not mention them make commercials about them make a hand gesture that looks like one or eat a pastry that somewhat looks like one. Don’t even think about them.

President Obama and his allies in The Brady Campaign, the Attorney General’s Office, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, in the educational system, and all over the country have sprinkled magic Progressive dust over the anti-gun movement in this country to the point where if they cannot legislate firearms out of the hands of Americans they are going to shame them out of the hands of Americans.

It’s not like this event is even surprising anymore. We all remember over the last year the slew of children who were either suspended or expelled for “gun” related infractions. There was the kid who bit his Poptart into a semi-automatic pastry. There was the kid (freaking toddler) who made a gun with his hands and was suspended.

There was the 8th grader in West Virginia who was arrested for refusing to remove an NRA shirt that was well within school dress code regulations. Not too long ago Matthew Pinkerton was indicted on 2nd Degree murder in Glenn Burnie, MD for failing to dial 911 after he shot and killed the man who broke into his own and tried to attack his family. According to several news sites, the affidavit of probable cause read something like “failed to dial 911.” And now, a woman was held up at the airport by a TSA agent because the toy prop in her sock puppets holster was too lifelike. It was two inches long, no one in their right mind would think that was a real weapon. But maybe TSA agents aren’t in their right mind. Who knows?

This constant attack by the left on American gun culture has made guns a dirty topic. Recently the NFL denied airing the Daniel Defense commercial based on their policy of depicting firearms on screen. Daniel Defense revised their commercial to take the gun out, and the NFL still denied them based on the same policy. But of course, the NFL has no problem airing commercials for TV shows and movies that depict violence and gunfight, but they refuse to accept a commercial which depicts a man talking about the need to defend his family.

This incident with the TSA taking a fake, two inch, prop gun from a sock puppet is just another incident in a long line of incidents which push the American gun culture further and further out into the realm of being a topic that is inappropriate to talk about. Anti-gun movements have been placed at the forefront of the Progressive movement right up there with the redistribution of wealth, and so to those that follow the Progressive agenda or those employed by the Federal government becoming anti-gun seems to be the same thing as believing in an increased tax for the upper brackets and supporting universal healthcare. This anti-gun culture has permeated almost all aspects that Americans come in contact with, and while it is not expected that guns be promoted in schools, there is an expectation that they are not demonized as well.

It’s a fundamental American right, and people who like to talk about it and who support the right to bear arms which are enumerated and cemented by the Bill of Rights in the Constitution, do not deserve to be demonized by individuals or groups who wish to see such rights curtailed. When people talk about curtailing the right to free speech or to religion there is widespread talk of censorship and people point to the Bill of Rights and demand that their rights be upheld. Yet when these campaigns against the legal and lawful ownership of firearms by groups such as Mayors Against Illegal Guns and The Brady Campaign seek to limit the kind of firearms a person can have or where they can have them it is no less an affront to our rights as Americans as the government infringing upon our right to exercise our religion and no less an affront to our rights than being told to cease speaking out against the government.

It is a culture of fear that seeks to convince people that a hunk of metal and plastic and wood is for some reason capable of harboring properties of evil and malice when those attributes cannot be applied to inanimate objects. But those who seek to curb the ownership of firearms in this country do not care, they simply seek to scare Americans into believing that guns will sprout legs and start killing people, and that everyone who talks about guns is obviously a psychotic killer, and anyone who wears a t-shirt depicting a gun or anyone who holds anything that remotely resembles a gun is obviously the next mass murder.

Of course there are those who will respond to this posting and condescendingly decry “no one is coming for your guns!” Well here is some information to head you off at the pass. In 1995 Dianne Feinstein gave an interview in which she stated that if she had the votes, “Mr. and Mrs. America turn em all in…” She would have done it. It’s on YouTube look it up. Of course as we speak New York is sending out notices to gun owners to either hand in the weapons which the new SAFE 2013 act made illegal, get them out of the state, or pay the price.

Earlier this year, two New Jersey legislators were caught saying that they needed a bill that would “confiscate, confiscate, confiscate…” There is a great blog post called “Dear Gun Control Advocates: 6 Ways to Make a Better Gun Control Argument” in which the Liberal author spells out the various ways which gun control failed. Google it, and then argue how ignorant gun owners are for believing that their right to own firearms is not under attack. But hey, if you like your gun you can keep it, right?

A TSA agent confiscated a two inch prop from a sock puppet maker believing it to be a threat to airport security. One could live ten lifetime and never have to type those words on a keyboard. The movement by the Progressive left to curb gun ownership has stalled on the legislative side, and so now they must rely on societal pressure to do what legal pressure could not. Until such a trend is reversed, we could see a lot more incidents in which individuals are punished for supporting the 2nd Amendment, even if they are toddlers and accidentally form firearms with pastries. And to those who believe that no one is coming for our guns, just tell that to Rooster Monkburn. 


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Conor Higgins

Conor Higgins has a B.A. from Catholic University in DC in American History, with a concentration on guerrilla warfare on American soil. He has an M.A. in US History from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, with a concentration on Cold War insurgency. He believes that all news and all information should be taken with a grain of salt, and implores people everywhere to seek news stories everywhere. 

Higgins is also a fervent believer in the traditional role of media, in terms of acting as a balanced check on government policies and individuals regardless of party affiliation. But in the end, he believes that no matter how heated an issue is, there is nothing that can't be discussed over a smoke and some whiskey. 

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