The New York Police Department is trying out a new toy that can scan people for concealed weapons based on the flow of natural terahertz radiation. If something is obstructing that flow, such as a gun, they’ll see the shape of the weapon on the scanner’s screen. They’re planning on putting these machines on street corners where they say gunfights are prevalent. The device is also small enough that it can be mounted on the back of a truck, so it could be taken anywhere, and anyone in the city can be scanned.
People are already saying that this instrument will render New York’s “stop and frisk” policy obsolete. Stopping and frisking someone is time-consuming, but one can “scan and frisk” with much more effectiveness.
Proponents are lauding this effort as something that will finally get all the guns off the streets. But what if this just provides more incentive to manufacture guns out of a material that doesn’t obstruct the flow of a person’s natural radiation and therefore won’t show up on the screen?
Obviously, like the TSA scanners at the airport, this is a violation of the 4th Amendment. They’ve got to have probable cause to search someone. If someone commits murder, that person should be executed. Instead, their solution is to turn everybody else without exception into criminals.
What they do up in New York is their business. I just hope this doesn’t spread to other parts of the country or somehow become a federal thing. I’m sure Homeland Security would love to take this over and have TSA run the scanners in big cities.
If they used these things in the South where there are a lot of legal gun owners, this would just create another reason for law enforcement to harass law-abiding citizens, asking them why they have a gun, where they’re going, where they’re coming from, etc. I don’t think it would go over well in many parts of the country right now, particularly since we have a culture that they’d have to “overcome” when it comes to gun control, as New York Congressman Charles Rangel said.
The South clings too much to its guns and religion. We haven’t learned to just “let go and let the State” like New York has.