It’s sad to see this story coming from the cradle of American independence:
Boston police are launching a program that will call upon parents in high-crime neighborhoods to allow detectives into their homes, without a warrant, to search for guns in their children’s bedrooms.
The program, which is already raising questions about civil liberties, is based on the premise that parents are so fearful of gun violence and the possibility that their own teenagers will be caught up in it that they will turn to police for help, even in their own households.
Let’s review. In·alien·able (adjective): Incapable of being alienated, surrendered, or transferred (inalienable rights).
This might seem like a good idea to desperate police and parents in Boston, but we just cannot surrender rights specifically guaranteed by the Constitution. I wholeheartedly support the police, but if they have cause to search for a weapon, then they should be able to get a warrant.
Our ancestors fought the most powerful nation on Earth to win that right. Volunteering to give it back dishonors their courage and sacrifice.