October 06, 2004

Plastic Guns

Tom Raum of the Associated Press, a purported "serious" news organization where neither journalists nor editors work in their pajamas, in an article ostensibly about the President's remarks today, apparently forget to re-engage with reality after suspending disbelief to watch a few movies:

The Democrat also said that as a member of Congress representing Wyoming more than a decade ago, Cheney voted against Head Start and banning plastic guns that can escape detection in metal detectors.

Plastic guns. This doesn't even live down to the minimal journalistic standards of fake, but accurate, since there are no such things as plastic guns except in the movies.

But what about Halliburton? Don't forget Halliburton Tom! And Bush knew about 9/11 before it happened! And he was AWOL too!

Posted by Charles Austin at October 6, 2004 01:34 PM

In 2000, I took one of those enormous plastic water guns, in its box (among other gifts), to a friend for his 30th birthday. I was stopped at security at the airport and told I'd have to check it. Because it could be considered a weapon, I guess, if the pilot happened to be the Wicked Witch of the West.

Not only was it idiotic, but getting back in line to check it took so freaking long I almost missed my flight.

The fact that Cheney voted against that inanity just makes me like him even more.

Posted by: Tanya at 02:24 PM

Complete with plastic bullets?

Posted by: Patrick Chester at 03:14 PM

I seem to recall there was a brouhaha over Glock handguns a few years back due to the fact that much of the frame of the gun is not metallic, and could therefore (using the anti-gun fanatics' logic) not be detected by airport screening devices. Maybe that was what he was referencing?

Posted by: Ken at 04:17 PM

Unless I'm crazy, Edwards was talking about toy guns that look real. There's been a lefty furor over banning those for years. I do believe that was the legislation Cheney voted against.

Posted by: jack at 09:55 AM