My son recently returned from a trip to the DC/NYC area. He had a great time, other than the three hours he spent in a plane at JFK, due to an undefined “security breach” and of course having to go through several check points along the way. Oh, and he had a pair of toy handcuffs (they have no lock and no key, among other differences from the real thing) confiscated from him at one of these checkpoints. Somebody dodged a major threat to society there– a 13 year-old student on a trip with fellow students, smuggling toy handcuffs.
After talking with him about this at length, and remembering the fact that I had been in DC, NYC, and other places around the country years ago, complete with multiple knives, without a single checkpoint involved, I posed this question to my family:
What would it take for our society, our country, to eliminate security checkpoints within our own borders?
For some people, it is a hateful, disturbing question, not least because they like the idea of checkpoints. For others, there will be varying, even diametrically opposed answers. I know the answer (yup, little ol’ me) but after getting hostility directed at me in return for having said it, I’ll just pose the question and have people think about it for a while. Hint: Joe’s April 7th QOTD.
I suppose that in order to ponder the question, you, like me, would have to actually want to travel your own country without being treated like a potential criminal, or feeling as though you’re in France and the year is 1942.
Maybe I’ll post my own short, sweet answer later.
Update: Just to make it more clear, the question is about the sort of changes we would need to make in our society, and in our government policies.