27 May 2006

A more secure America

Yesterday the US Capitol and surrounding buildings were locked down due to suspected gunshots in the parking garage of the Rayburn House Office Building. It was later revealed that Rep. Jim Saxton (R - New Jersey) had called in the noise, saying it sounded like a 9mm handgun had gone off. The representative was so specifice in his claim because he grew up with guns (easy enough to understand) and served for 18 years on the House Armed Services Committee (what?).

Um.... If anyone knows when the last time somebody actually fired a gun in a hearing before the Armed Services Committee, please let me know. Honestly, I don't think that committee service makes one qualified to indentify weaponry, at least not by their sounds.

Turns out that it was really a pneumatic hammer that made the noise and that the massive shut down only caused a bunch of House staffers to get hungry.

That's really all I have to say.

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