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Airport gun nutís blind rage
NY Post ^ | 5/4/13 | By PHILIP MESSING

Posted on 05/04/2013 8:20:22 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda

Airport gun nut’s 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 ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; guns; secondamendment
More proof the Post has gone lib: Gun "nut"?
1 posted on 05/04/2013 8:20:22 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
Gun "nut"?

Well, it is one way to describe an armed unbalanced mental patient.

2 posted on 05/04/2013 8:26:14 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate: Republicans Freed the Slaves Month)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

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?


3 posted on 05/04/2013 8:29:21 AM PDT by willyd
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
A blind NRA member

I'd no more trust a blind guy with a gun than I would letting him drive a car.........

4 posted on 05/04/2013 8:29:27 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

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?.


5 posted on 05/04/2013 8:30:09 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

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.


6 posted on 05/04/2013 8:31:36 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

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.?

Just sayin’


7 posted on 05/04/2013 8:34:32 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
Airport gun nut’s blind rage

Am I missing something .....where did the rage come in!!!!

8 posted on 05/04/2013 8:37:49 AM PDT by ontap
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To: Hot Tabasco
I'd no more trust a blind guy with a gun than I would letting him drive a car.........

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.

9 posted on 05/04/2013 8:39:16 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate: Republicans Freed the Slaves Month)
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To: Hot Tabasco

I know but that doesn’t mean he’s a nut. It could be for his wife.


10 posted on 05/04/2013 8:41:41 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Hot Tabasco

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.


11 posted on 05/04/2013 8:43:10 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: ontap

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.


12 posted on 05/04/2013 8:44:05 AM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

In his checked luggage?


13 posted on 05/04/2013 8:44:28 AM PDT by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: Hot Tabasco
I'd no more trust a blind guy with a gun than I would letting him drive a car.........

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?

14 posted on 05/04/2013 8:47:56 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Fresh Wind

How could anyone be so unkind
To arrest a man for drivin’ while blind


15 posted on 05/04/2013 8:49:26 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Hot Tabasco
-- I'd no more trust a blind guy with a gun than I would letting him drive a car.... --

Scent of a Woman - Ferrari Test Drive

16 posted on 05/04/2013 8:57:06 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

The victim must immediately come out as a gay muslim abortionist simply carrying the tools of his trade, if only for the children.


17 posted on 05/04/2013 8:57:59 AM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (I blame the Obama)
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To: Hot Tabasco

He could very well be a better shot than both of us,


18 posted on 05/04/2013 9:12:07 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Puppage

If I ever had to pick an opponent for a duel, he’d be my choice.......


19 posted on 05/04/2013 9:27:19 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

“Mentally unhinged journalist supports abuse of the blind.”

Fair is fair.


20 posted on 05/04/2013 9:28:34 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Hot Tabasco

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.


21 posted on 05/04/2013 9:31:29 AM PDT by William Tell
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

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.


22 posted on 05/04/2013 9:45:32 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Gaffer

“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.?”

DING DING DING DING DING!

We have a winner!


23 posted on 05/04/2013 9:47:55 AM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Lmfao! Absolutely agree.


24 posted on 05/04/2013 9:52:03 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Hot Tabasco
"If I ever had to pick an opponent for a duel, he’d be my choice......."

Not necessarily. If he has the choice of weapons, how about samurai swords in a blacked-out room??

25 posted on 05/04/2013 10:11:36 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: Venturer

“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.


26 posted on 05/04/2013 10:35:00 AM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

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.


27 posted on 05/04/2013 10:53:48 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

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?


28 posted on 05/04/2013 11:03:15 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

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.


29 posted on 05/04/2013 11:05:53 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer
I really do not know why knives are illegal,

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.

Regards,
GtG

30 posted on 05/04/2013 3:20:52 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: willyd

“hoplophobic “ SWEET!


31 posted on 05/04/2013 4:09:00 PM PDT by Makana
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
I have known or been in touch with this person, Raymond Whitehead, for 13 years. His wife is someone who would not even think of framing him. She loves him dearly, despite his being a bullheaded,I am always right type person. He is not mentally ill. He is an extraordinarily capable blind person, someone who can do a few things even sighted people would have difficulty with. But I have serious doubts about his ability to effectively defend himself with a gun, unless he had the sonar capabilities of a bat. My own opinion is that he was not thinking clearly, since it was only AFTER his arrest that he began investigating the gun laws in NJ. He IS an NRA member, and he should have phoned the NRA before he traveled to NJ, because they would right away have told him to stay out of NJ if he intended to travel with a gun, bullets and knives. He had 3, not 7 knives, and that does make some difference, in my opinion, since 7 makes it sound as if he intended to butcher something.

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.

32 posted on 06/02/2013 8:25:53 PM PDT by ohcomeoncommonsense (If common sense is common, why don't more people have it?)
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