Big government proponents on the left and the right think that the only way to protect Americans is to implement a police state. That’s why we ended up with the TSA. That’s why we have to deal with warrantless searches and seizures. The 4th and 5th Amendments have become dead letters. In fact, if you dare invoke them to avoid being harassed by law enforcement, that in and of itself qualifies as “reasonable suspicion” that you’re some kind of criminal or terrorist.
In response to recent theater attacks, most notably that of James Holmes who was just convicted of murder for his 2012 theater slayings, one major theater chain has started to implement TSA-style security screenings where officials will check bags and purses prior to letting anyone enter the theater. The Blaze/Associated Press reported:
Movie theater chain Regal Entertainment Group has begun to check bags in response to shootings at theaters around the country, a procedure it acknowledged on its website was “not without flaws” and would inconvenience guests but provide better security.
It’s unclear when the policy began, but several local TV stations reported online that customers noticed the change in Texas, Virginia, Florida and Ohio beginning earlier this month.
“Security issues have become a daily part of our lives in America,” Regal stated on its website. “Regal Entertainment Group wants our customers and staff to feel comfortable and safe when visiting or working in our theatres. To ensure the safety of our guests and employees, backpacks and bags of any kind are subject to inspection prior to admission. We acknowledge that this procedure can cause some inconvenience and that it is not without flaws, but hope these are minor in comparison to increased safety.”
If you recall, James Holmes didn’t enter the theater at the actual entrance. Someone on the inside opened the exit door of the theater during the movie, and that’s where Holmes entered. Implementing security checkpoints at theaters isn’t going to do any good to keep out those who really want to do some harm. It wouldn’t have prevented Holmes from doing what he did. All it will do is ensure that all those coming into the theater are defenseless.