There has been a lot of discussion about the new full body airport scanners and airline security. In an almost opposite side of the news there was also a story this week that trains will now or soon be allowing people to bring their firearms on board with them.
Leave one wondering, would you feel safer on a train full of people carrying side arms or do you feel safer having people look over you and your families nude images and feeling you and possibly your children where the bathing suit covers?
As the debates wage on I was struck by a letter to the editor printed in the Telegraph written by Brian Cranston. You can read it in full HERE.
Every time I hear someone complain about how uncomfortable and annoying airport screening is, I wonder how they would feel about walking down a road carrying 30 to 40 pounds of body armor, food, water, a gun and ammunition while dodging improvised explosive devices and being shot at.
I have to believe these whiners would feel rather small.
To complain about airport security in this context really shows how hedonistic our society has become.
Interesting letter right.
Now being the thinking person I am the first thing that came to my mind after reading that is how on earth is strip searching children in airports preventing IEDs on our streets?
It's not like we're preventing anyone from coming here who wants to because we have thousands of illegals pouring in every day from our boarders. Full body scanners aren't helping with that.
Also something to consider as you face the indignity of having someone hidden away in a room somewhere looking over your nude image, the "underwear bomber" went through a full body scanner before he boarded his plane.
But getting back to this absurd opening statement, I have to wonder if Brian would also support random checkpoints were police and/or military routinely check people for anything dangerous, after all we are at war.
Being a country at war or not we should never support the loss of our rights. We have a constitutional right protecting us from unwarranted searches which is exactly what airport screening is.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Just because you and your family would like to fly across country to see grandma for the holiday or because you'd like to take your kids to Disney is not probable cause.
So thanks to people like Brian, I'll pass on the strip search of my children and instead opt to ride the train with all the other law abiding gun toting Americans and I'll feel safe doing so.