Thursday, January 10, 2008

Gun Checkpoints: Trading Liberty For Security

There was a letter published in a local Monterey County California Newspaper where a simple-minded (liberal) writer suggested using “gun checkpoints” to solve the problem of gang violence in Salinas.

I’m always amazed at how anti-gun cowards want to rely on someone else to protect them, and thus allow the protector to put themselves at risk because of the anti-gunner’s cowardice.

Salinas California is a city with a population of about 148,350 people with a murder rate of 4.7 per 100,000 people. Compared to Richmond (population 103,470, with 38 murders per 100,000 people), it’s practically Mayberry, but for Monterey County, it’s a dangerous city.

Never mind the fact that guns aren’t the problem in any high crime area (criminals, are) there is another slight problem with the airhead’s idea of gun checkpoints, namely, the Fourth Amendment. For those who don’t remember that’s the one against unreasonable searches and seizure.

Perhaps the writer thinks only gang members should be stopped. But of course, that would involve “profiling” and liberals hate that.

As Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”

A better use for “gun checkpoints” would be to ensure people entering a high crime area of Salinas (or especially Richmond) were carrying a gun.




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