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Thread #65619   Message #1082108
Posted By: Rapparee
29-Dec-03 - 11:36 PM
Thread Name: BS: Guns on planes
Subject: RE: BS: Guns on planes
You ARE armed on a plane. Your belt or shoelaces can become effective garrottes, a ball point pen or a pencil makes a nice stabbing weapon, a rolled newpaper can be used against the throat. And there is the most deadly weapon anyone can possess ready at hand -- your brain.

Anyone interested can find information on make-shift weapons quite readily, both in the US and abroad. I'd suggest Fairbairn and Sykes classic book, "Hand-to-Hand Combat" or the manuals used by the US military as starting points.

It's not the lack of weapons, it's the lack of knowledge and will -- and how quickly you can overcome the shock of terror tactics that might be employed. Consider: a terrorist grabs a child, says his bit about hijacking, and cuts the child's throat. THAT'S intimidation, intended to strike terror into the minds and hearts and make the terrorist's job easier. How quickly you can recover and what you do next is the key, not whether you are carrying a bazooka, a grenade, and two atom bombs.

Weapons are tools. It's the WILL to use them that make them dangerous. And the Will resides in people, not in metal and plastic and chemicals.

Actually, you're never unarmed unless you allow yourself to be.