fut004 wrote:The problem I have with all of this, is the simple fact that myself - and countless other innocent people - are being treated like criminals and thugs while trying to enter an event/park/stadium that we've paid admission to enter. We've done nothing wrong, but we get searched and questioned anyhow.
Seems wrong to me.
And lets not forget this gem:
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Benjamin Franklin
Honestly, I really don't disagree. HOWEVER, we face a new threat in today's society. It has plagued us for decades now, but only recently has seemingly gotten worse. Now, we can argue the WHY fact about that in a different topic, but that is the reality.
That said, of course I rather not be searched everywhere I go, nor do I think we should be. But some places? Like a Disneyland? I'll forfeit my frustration with a longer wait time, with a little bit more assurance that I'm safer and more secure. 100%? Never. But slightly more? Yes.
I wonder if those who got their limbs blown off during the Boston bombings, are wondering why couldn't security have been a little tighter? I am wondering if the family members of those who didn't make it to see the next day, didn't wish for certain check points to go through to get to key areas of the race? Ie: the finish like where all the cameras are?
Will it balloon our costs? Maybe in some ways. But record numbers of unemployed people (who can find jobs but choose not to because they feel "underemployed) the record of food stamp collectors, etc. etc. etc. are the much larger problem, and drain, on U.S. finances. As someone who holds a job... as someone who pays a ton of taxes to support those food stampers and unemployed, but they can still buy drugs and alcohol, I rather my money go to OUR SAFETY - rather than laziness and those who have the "give me" attitude.
Keep in mind, however, that tighter security at private venues, like Disneyland, like ballparks, like theme parks, are not paid by the Federal government, and in many cases, not even the state. Rather, they are paid by the Disneylands, the ballparks, and the theme parks adding the security.
Again, my two cents (but I'm starting run out of money!)