“Second-Amendment Remedies” to Domestic Drone Spying? Charles Krauthammer Says Yes
People on the left have long criticized the federal government for using UAVs to target people accused of being terrorists overseas, something Krauthammer supports. But even many people not clearly on the left have voiced a qualm or two about using UAVs within U.S. borders to police traffic, catch runaway crooks, enforce curfew laws against teenagers, photograph people littering, and correct people’s posture.
Krauthammer went on to provide the money quote: “I would predict—I’m not encouraging, but I would predict—that the first guy who uses a Second Amendment weapon to bring a drone down that’s hovering over his house is going to be a folk hero in this country.”
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that “a well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Of course, when conservatives refer to this amendment, they’re not talking about state militias. Krauthammer doesn’t expect that hapless UAV to be blasted into scrap by the Texas Air National Guard’s fighter jets but by some guy with a shotgun.
(via Open Season on Aerial Robots - IEEE Spectrum)