Security Theater

It’s all for show!

So, I had to help out a friend recently.

This poor guy had an extra ticket to the Rush concert, and had no idea what to do with it.

Out of the goodness of my heart, I offered to relieve him of said ticket.  Anything for a friend, that’s my motto.

The only downside to this act of selfless altruism was the venue: an event center in one of Connecticut’s worst urban areas.  It’s a city I won’t enter without a weapon.

Being a basically law-abiding person, I check the venue’s website for policies.  Not a mention of banning guns on premises.  Fair enough.  I strapped on my Airweight Centennial and head to the arena.


Ready for action

It’s a madhouse.  Major police presence, including 3 mounted units.  (For a Rush concert?  It’s not a hip-hop brawl, fellas.)  Waiting out front for the rest of the crew, I scope out the entrances.  No signs prohibiting weapons.  So far, so good.

The gang arrives and we get in line to enter.  And as I get to the front of the line, and the 400lb landmass ahead of me finally steps inside, I see a security guard with a metal-detector wand giving everyone the once-over.

My options:

  1. Step out of line, go back to my car and lock up the gun
  2. Stay in line and try to smooth-talk my way past him

I choose option 2, because I really don’t want to go all the way back to my car.  I have a permit, maybe that will persuade him.

He wands my midsection on both sides, scraping my jacket pockets, 1 inch from the gun, and gets no alert from the detector; none of the lights changed and it didn’t make a noise.  He waves me inside.

I didn’t show my pleasant surprise, but all I could think was: WTF?

Many alloys of stainless steel are non-magnetic.  When I got home, I took a magnet and ran it over the gun.  The barrel, cylinder, screws and cylinder latch of this stainless-steel gun were all strongly magnetic, which leaves that out as a factor.

I saw the lights on the unit, so it had batteries.  Were they weak?

Was the unit not calibrated?

Did the operator not know how to operate it?

I don’t have an answer, but I now have even less trust in the so-called security measures that the “authorities” implement as an alternative to letting people have the means to defend themselves.

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3 Responses to “Security Theater”

  1. Chas says:

    Just “wow.” On several levels. 😉

  2. Holdfast says:

    Makes you wonder. I was a combat engineer way back in the day, and the metal detectors that we used for finding mines had to be calibrated quite precisely to work properly.

  3. Gunnutmegger says:

    I wonder if you could de-gauss a gun, like the Navy does with ships and submarines.