In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday the country’s interpretation of the Constitution will “have to change” to allow for greater security to stave off future attacks.
“The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry,” Mr. Bloomberg said during a press conference in Midtown. “But we live in a complex word where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.”
Mr. Bloomberg, who has come under fire for the N.Y.P.D.’s monitoring of Muslim communities and other aggressive tactics, said the rest of the country needs to learn from the attacks.
“Look, we live in a very dangerous world. We know there are people who want to take away our freedoms. New Yorkers probably know that as much if not more than anybody else after the terrible tragedy of 9/11,” he said.
“We have to understand that in the world going forward, we’re going to have more cameras and that kind of stuff. That’s good in some sense, but it’s different from what we are used to,” he said.
The mayor pointed to the gun debate and noted the courts have allowed for increasingly stringent regulations in response to ever-more powerful weapons.
“Clearly the Supreme Court has recognized that you have to have different interpretations of the Second Amendment and what it applies to and reasonable gun laws … Here we’re going to to have to live with reasonable levels of security,” he said, pointing to the use of magnetometers to catch weapons in city schools.
What is it about these NYC mayors? Nanny Bloomberg sounds like he was channeling Rudy Ghouliani. Someone should remind him of the immortal words of Benjamin Franklin:
Those who would give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
History shows that when you trade freedom for security you end up with neither one. Freedom isn’t free.
If the preliminary (media) reports are true, once again our government ignored flashing red lights, this time regarding Tamerlan “Speedbump” Tsarnaev. So would good would giving them more power do anyway? Do you really think making air passengers remove their shoes before getting groped and X-rayed by TSA agents has made flying any safer?
Surrendering our freedom because of this terrorist bombing makes as much sense as banning pressure cookers. Neither one will keep us safe.