Transportation Security Administration found a record high number of guns in carry-ons in 2015—20 percent more than they found in 2014. Of the 2,653 guns TSA found in luggage, 83 percent were loaded. The firearms were found in a total of 236 airports, with the highest numbers coming from Dallas/Fort Worth International, Houston's George H. W. Bush Intercontinental and Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta. TSA attributes the rise in numbers to better security measures and an influx in traveling. TSA Administrator Peter V. Neffenger said, "The transport of firearms by commercial air in carry-on bags represents a threat to the safety and security of air travelers. Through increased training in detection methods, our officers are becoming more adept at intercepting these prohibited items." Discuss
After a week off, Stephen Colbert took a few minutes of last night’s Late Show to talk about recent terrorist attacks and to explain why offering “thoughts and prayers” in the wake of tragedy is so important. He also discussed the need for meaningful dialogue about guns—whether that takes the form of regulation or more proper training. Discuss
If you are a card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association, than the team behind the documentary Armor of Light would like to invite you to see their film for free. The movie, from Abigail Disney (the grandniece of Walt Disney) follows an evangelical pastor as he explores Christian culture’s complicated relationship with guns and the NRA. The film is being released at a handful of theaters around the country where other Christian movies have drawn big audiences, and at 10 of the locations, NRA members will not have to pay for a ticket.
The marketing executive behind the campaign told Deadline, “The broad themes of the marketing campaign have always been to elevate the conversation away from the anti or pro-gun issue. This is really about dialogue and conversation between people with different backgrounds who may come from opposite views.” The movie opens in limited release on Oct. 30. You can check out the trailer below. Discuss