Wednesday, March 26, 2008

2nd Amendment: Boston and D.C. Gun Grabbing Schemes Fizzle

"Parents are happy thats undressed police our coming into their homes"

“Boston police officials, surprised by intense opposition from residents, have significantly scaled back and delayed the start of a program that would allow officers to go into people’s homes and search for guns without a warrant,” reports the Boston Globe. “The program, dubbed Safe Homes, was supposed to start in December, but has been delayed at least three times because of misgivings in the community. March 1 was the latest missed start date.”

It should be dubbed homes outside the purview of the Fourth Amendment. But thankfully some residents and community groups have a handle on the scheme, designed to get people accustomed to surrendering their liberty. “One community group has been circulating a petition against the plan. Police officials trying to assuage residents’ fears have been drowned out by criticism at some meetings with residents and elected officials.”

“Police would ask parents or legal guardians for permission to search homes where juveniles ages 17 and under are believed to be holding illegal guns,” the Globe continues. “Police would only enter homes into which they have been invited and, once inside, would only search the rooms of the juveniles.”

Bostonians are not buying it, though. It is not so much the flimsy rules about what is to be searched. It is rather the very idea of allowing police to enter without justification coupled with a search warrant issued by a judge.

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