$6 million per gun?

From a story in this week’s Newsweek.

I have nothing against the TSA. I fly a lot and honestly can’t say I have had an unpleasant or unprofessional experience with TSA, ever. That said, since 2001, we have spent $57 Billion dollars on TSA. TSA has 4000 administrators in Washington, paid an average salary over $100,000 each. Yikes.

In 2011, TSA confiscated 1200 guns. With an annual budget of $8 billion, that comes to $6 million a gun. Of course, that seems ridiculously high, but maybe it’s not a fair way of thinking about the whole issue. What if they discovered one big bomb that saved the lives of 300 people? We probably wouldn’t complain that finding that bomb cost $8 billion.

Here’s one statistic that is a bit more troubling. In ten years, can you remember the number of terrorists apprehended by TSA? Zero. Next time they ask you to remove your shoes, it might make you wonder why.

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2 Responses to $6 million per gun?

  1. Ginger says:

    Hi Larry,

    My biggest issues is the frisking down of the quite geriatric crowd. I guess it is all about the impression one is sending out to the terrorist.


  2. It’s this kind of government waste that I find appalling. $8 billion in airport safety?? Obviously, with 4000 administrators making over $100 grand in DC, this is the kind of nightmare scenario that makes people rightly nervous about turning over health care to the government. Why is it so difficult to accomplish necessary things efficiently and effectively without billions of dollars that get siphoned off to no real purpose? It reminds me of the billions of dollars we’re spending outsourcing crap in Iraq and Afghanistan. There has got to be a better way …

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