While it’s always dangerous to extrapolate too much from high profile cases to the system as a whole, the strange case of Dominque Strauss-Kahn practically invites it.
UQ’s Thoreau makes a compelling point: “Usually people blame the 2nd amendment for a mass shooting. This time they’re blaming the 1st. But why not all the others?”
The People In Charge telling us that something is Necessary For Our Own Good makes a large number of people accepting of the inconvenience, no matter how asinine or unsupported by evidence.