Street scanner to detect concealed guns
The NYPD is testing a device for virtual pat-downs.
Yesterday, the commissioner of the NYPD announced the department is now testing a device that can detect concealed handguns on a public street.
Commissioner Ray Kelly explained at a breakfast gathering that the device reads the radiation people naturally emit and generates an image of a body glowing green. A concealed weapon, or any object obstructing the flow of radiation, will be highlighted in the image.
Given the 221 years since the Second Amendment was adopted, the gun debate has accelerated at a remarkable pace over the past six weeks. First came the demand to revisit laws, matched by a caution against overzealousness. Next came the proposed legislation and the fevered backlash against it.Here in phase three, a nation newly sensitized to gun issues is elevating secondary debates to the polarized top tier. Should a newspaper have identified the names and addresses of local permit holders? Was the NRA’s attack ad referencing the Obama daughters fair game? Did anti-gun advocates misrepresent a congressman's position by selectively editing his TV ad?
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The device the N.Y.P.D. is testing is big and bulky, shaped something like a television camera, but portable enough to be loaded into a police truck and stationed anywhere. Kelly cited a benefit in the police's being able to detect guns carried by criminals without resorting to pat-downs and stop-and-search procedures, but noted that the NYPD was still considering how best to deploy the technology, and would d be consulting with their legal team.
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Despite the timing, the scanning device wasn’t rolled out in response to the gun debate. Kelly said a year ago that his department was looking at the technology (and in the interim has been hoping to extend the device’s workable range to about 80 feet). While New Yorkers at that time might have unilaterally cheered a measure to keep cops and citizens safer from illegally held arms, fervent debates over personal liberties, the Fourth Amendment (search and seizure), privacy, and gun owner rights seem inevitable to follow.
These cops are openly firing cancer causing ray-guns on civilians. Notice how they specificly "scan" a poorly dressed African American within a lower class neighborhood.
New York city, Washington DC and Cook County Illinois already have the strictest gun control laws on the books. Are these laws enforced nope. If anybody thinks that criminals will obey a new law are a special kind of stupid. Educating the people to understand they are not better off disarmed is foremost. Vermont wants non gun owners to pay a 500.00 /year tax for the foolishness of not owning a firearm. This law is needed in all 49 other states. Enforcing the current over 2000 gun control laws on the books is needed before any other new gun control laws are passed. The 2nd Amendment is carved in stone and no executive order will superceed this 2nd Amendment. if this country is to remain free.
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