The TSA better take note: a man in Tennessee has proven that a deadly firearm can be created only with items purchased from retail stores in airport terminals.
Evan Booth, a computer programmer from Greensboro, created the gun using items like a hairdryer, lithium batteries, and body spray. He calls his gun BLUNDERBUSiness.
“If we’re trying stop a terrorist threat at the airport, it’s already too late,” Booth said.
Booth said he decided to embark on this project after the TSA introduced body scanners, which he believes violate travelers’ privacy. He said, “It just seemed so invasive, really expensive.”
He continued, “And if you’re going to go through all that trouble getting into the terminal, why is all this stuff available in the terminal? I think people have kind of been suspecting that the type of things I’ve built are possible. I just don’t think anyone’s ever taken the time to do it.”
Booth was able to shoot pocket change out of his gun with enough power to blow a hole through Sheetrock.
In addition to creating BLUNDERBUSiness, Booth made several other deadly weapons. Also using common items purchased in airport stores, he made a crossbow, blowgun, and spiked club.
To prevent himself from being investigated by the government, Booth alerted the FBI and CIA prior to beginning his project.
Many have pointed to Booth’s gun to argue that no amount of airport security will prevent bad people from doing bad things. Airport security arguably does not work any more than “gun free” zones do.