|Up Against the Wall you Redneck Mother|
But Americans, primarily due to some kind of weird loathing for any sort of compromise solutions, have built a box for themselves here. Because it has become received wisdom that ANY attempt to control the availability and distribution of firearms, particularly handguns is an unacceptable assault on the integrity of the US Constitution, we find ourselves faced with a most agonizing Hobson's choice: We find a way to ensure that people in our community are not carrying lethal weapons, or we live in an increasingly violent environment where gunfire in the streets is commonplace, and people die needlessly every day.
I agree that I am uncomfortable with the extra-constitutional nature of these searches, with their arbitrary nature and the opportunity for abuse and discrimination they represent, but at the same time this is the sort of outcome you get when, as a society, we surrender to the lunatics and let them run the asylum. We could have a viable Second Amendment and still limit the availability of firearms. We could support lawful gun ownership and restrict when and how they could be carried and transported. We could impose market based limitations on manufacturing, sales, and transport. But insanely, we not only refuse to impose the most basic controls and limitations, we have a barking mad political leadership who seek to encourage the ubiquitous possession and even the USE of firearms in our communities. How can we allow that?
But as long as we do, we have to take SOME kind of action to prevent this flood of deadly weapons from being unleashed on our communities. It is impossible to consider ourselves an advanced civilization when any idiot, criminal, madman or irresponsible child might be carrying the most lethal, high capacity combat handguns in the world. So we need to swallow our medicine. Sure, Stop and Frisk needs close oversight. It needs to be carefully managed, it needs to be as fair and efficient as possible. But I understand why a community would impose this sort of law enforcement solution, and as long as we continue to refuse to address the big problems, we're going to be faced with a series of unpleasant choices.