Skip to comments.Airport gun nutís blind rage
Posted on 05/04/2013 8:20:22 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda
Airport gun nuts blind rage By PHILIP MESSING Last Updated: 9:06 AM, May 4, 2013
A blind NRA member from New Mexico was busted at Newark Airport with a handgun in his checked luggage but the weapon was only discovered because he tried to get 10 bullets past the security screeners.
Raymond Whitehead, 53, was traveling with his two grown kids and his wife when TSA screeners spotted the hollow point ammo in his bag around 10 a.m. Tuesday at the American Airlines terminal.
Port Authority cops then found the .38 caliber Charter Arms revolver and seven illegal knives in his checked luggage, and he was arrested.
Whitehead claims police allowed him to bang into walls and denied him a lawyer or food for 10 hours. He is vowing to sue.
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...
Well, it is one way to describe an armed unbalanced mental patient.
I am so sick of seeing these hoplophobic articles from the Mainstream Press. I really see this as the new civil rights issue of our times.
See how easy this is to do?
I'd no more trust a blind guy with a gun than I would letting him drive a car.........
IMO the last place I would go with a gun and bullets and illegal knives is to an airport.
Why didn’t he just go to FBI headquarters and turn himself in?.
This guy really is a nut, from the sound of it.
Well, the media were bound to find one, sooner or later. Although perhaps this reporter suffers from blindaphobia.
Honestly? I’d grill the hell out of the wife. Find out about the marriage, potential boyfriend, etc.
What better way to get your blind husband out of the way than to drop some ammo in a carry on, etc.?
Am I missing something .....where did the rage come in!!!!
There's no reason he couldn't be as good of a crack shot as the next guy....as long as his target made some noise.
I know but that doesn’t mean he’s a nut. It could be for his wife.
Plus the post has done this before. Anybody with a gun they immediately label a “nut” a word BTW they have yet to tag onto the Boston bombers.
Maybe locked in a room for ten hours, and being completely disoriented because he is blind and unfamiliar with the room.....I would be enraged too.
In his checked luggage?
I remember a story from years back in which a blind guy was stopped while driving, he had a kid with him who was telling him when to turn. I wonder if that would work when aiming a gun?
How could anyone be so unkind
To arrest a man for drivin’ while blind
The victim must immediately come out as a gay muslim abortionist simply carrying the tools of his trade, if only for the children.
He could very well be a better shot than both of us,
If I ever had to pick an opponent for a duel, he’d be my choice.......
“Mentally unhinged journalist supports abuse of the blind.”
Fair is fair.
I believe that one of my relatives is legally blind when without her glasses. That doesn’t mean that she is incapable of wielding a shotgun against an intruder in the middle of the night. Her right to keep and bear arms is the business of nobody else.
Amazing how the only illegals that newspapers seem to recognize anymore are knives, which last I checked were either tools or weapons, and weapons are protected by the 2nd amendment.
Then again, the constitution also requires the federal government to protect states from invasion. I suppose when you start ignoring one section, another is just as easy. Just out of curiosity, was there a warrant to search this man’s bag? Oh, right, another part ignored.
“Honestly? Id grill the hell out of the wife. Find out about the marriage, potential boyfriend, etc.
What better way to get your blind husband out of the way than to drop some ammo in a carry on, etc.?”
DING DING DING DING DING!
We have a winner!
Lmfao! Absolutely agree.
Not necessarily. If he has the choice of weapons, how about samurai swords in a blacked-out room??
“IMO the last place I would go with a gun and bullets and illegal knives is to an airport.”
The gun was in his checked baggage. He committed no crime.
The bullets were in his carry on, not sure why that’s even illegal as they can’t harm anyone without a weapon to fire them from. Lastly, why in the hell are there such a thing as “illegal” knives?
We have been bullied by government into a position that everyone is a criminal if they don’t kowtow to their dictates.
I cry BS on this one.
It sounds more like some liberal who joined the NRA to do this and smear the NRA by “being a member”.
It sounds like a setup. The guy says “he’ll sue”? After a gun, seven knives and ammo in his bag?
I am sorry, it sounds fishy. Not buying this guy as a NRA right wing gun nut. It sounds more like the lesbians who fake rape and write stuff on their own walls and claim a group of men raped them because they’re lesbian.
You think? Yeah, it doesn’t make sense... The guy is blind, has kids and he’s packing a gun on a flight? Yeah but why would he risk arrest though?
I really do not know why knives are illegal, or why they stopped him, I am still wondering what a blind man needs with a gun. It’s his right of course, but I wouldn’t want to be too close when he pops a cap.
Airline (FAA) rules have been anything (fixed blade or folder) over 4" is verboten. That's one reason there are a lot of folding knives with 3 7/8" blades.
Blades sharpened along both edges (so called "daggers") are generally asking for trouble. Serrated or semi-serrated edges also get a closer look. That is true anywhere, not just an airport.
Back in the 60s congress passed legislation banning the importation of "switchblades" (Ie push button opening) folding knives. Almost all states still ban switchblades to this day with exceptions for military and police, although you can buy a manual opening stiletto and the parts to convert it to an "automatic" if you know where to shop.
Another "end run" is the assisted opening action which requires you to start the blade moving a bit and then a spring finishes snapping it fully open. Not true switchblades they are generally approved, depending on the blade length, under 4" being the criteria.
There are places where any folding knife that you can open with one hand is suspect and probably illegal. For sure Balisong (butterfly) knives (favored by Hispanic and Asian gangs) where the blade is enclosed within a two piece grip that may be opened with some highly impressive gyrations of a single hand are going to be trouble.
The topic is highly subjective and more often then not comes down to "because I say so". If a DHS screener spots something he fancies, he's going to take it and tell you it's banned. End of the day, he goes home with it in his pocket. What are you going to do about it?
I have carried a knife since grade school and feel naked without one in my pocket. For that reason, I avoid airports and any other place with metal scanners/x-ray machines. The last time I flew anywhere was Feb 1992, pre-DSH, so I carried a small flat folder with a clip. I stuffed my folding money under the clip and the screener passed it off as a money clip. When I flew back I brought in two switchblades that I had purchased in Germany. They were packed in my checked bag so no problem. My boss got busted for bringing in some tinned sausages. Hee hee!
Hope that clears things up a bit.
“hoplophobic “ SWEET!
He has no prior arrests that I know of.
I think the best thing he could do in his situation is say he made some serious mistakes, then shut-up, lay low, and pray that the court will be merciful.
But that's not Raymond's style, and I don't think belligerence and threatening to sue is going to improve his situation.