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    This looked like something that we might get behind.

    http://mysite.verizon.net/armedpassengers/framepage.htm

    The mission of the Armed Passengers Project is to advocate for legalizing the possession of weapons on commercial carriers - planes, trains, buses and ships. It does so by raising public awareness of the dangers created by not allowing people to defend themselves while traveling. It is intended to continue the work of, but is not affiliated with, Project Safe Skies, a website created several years ago on the same topic that is no longer available.
    This website was created by Michael Bane, a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His activism and community involvement involves participation in various nonprofit organizations, including membership on the board of directors of his local civic association. He also has had letters and political cartoons published in major Philadelphia newspapers. In 2004 he traveled by private automobile on a three week vacation to attend a well known firearms training school. He planned the routing of the trip to only go through states that his various CCW licenses were honored. After completing the training, he qualified for and was granted several additional states' CCW permits.
    Michael's ultimate goal is the creation of a national organization that specializes in lobbying for this agenda.


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    It will never happen. You can't take shampoo on an airline , guns are way,way,way off from ever being allowed. There aren't many battles that I do not think are winable but this is one of them.
    "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson

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    Funny that you say that did you read his FAQ?

    "Isn't it unrealistic to expect to get what you want?
    Not if enough people get involved. We need people who believe enough in this cause to fight for it. If you stick with the attitude of "it's not worth trying because it will never happen", then they win."

    Anyhow he got some press in the Washington Times yesterday. I think we should throw in if for no other reason to push the walls of the debate out.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/inbeltway.htm
    Inside the Beltway By John McCaslin
    December 6, 2006

    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, this column a few days ago was the first to report that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was alerted to a recent airport-security incident involving Mrs. Jackson-Lee, 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. Jackson-Lee "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 self-defense 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."

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