Aren't Metal Detectors quite presumptuous?
So we visited NASA this weekend as I had mentioned we were going to do in another thread. We left our guns in the car since we assumed it being a federal facility it was probably not allowed. However, I looked very closely upon entering the museum entrance and there were no signs I could see anywhere. We went about and looked at some of the exhibits then we got in line to get on the tram which actually takes you through the official NASA facility where you can see mission control and some of the training facilities. THe line was waiting to go through a metal detector. Now, obviously to anyone with half-a-brain, the purpose of the detector is to look for weapons.
However, there was still no sign around saying that guns or weapons were not allowed. So I can't help but wonder what would happen if I tried to take a gun through there, or better yet, just take it out and put it in the bucket with my keys. I mean, obviously they wouldn't let me through, but could they really charge me with a crime? After all I could say "Sorry, I didn't know.. there was no sign, I wasn't sure what you were looking for in the metal detector." For example, a former employer I used to work for used the detector for employees exiting the building to check for stolen equipment.
So as I was going through the detector I noticed the guards were wearing Glock 17's. I asked one of them, "So why do you get to carry your gun, but I can't have mine?" He looked at me very puzzled and said "Because it is MY job to protect everyone here, not yours." I could tell he was annoyed, and the line was moving. I just smiled and went along. But I really wanted to reply, "So, are you going to follow me around and protect me after I leave this zone?"