DFW asked exactly the right questions when we all should have, too, but didn't.
... Assume for a moment that some of these measures really have helped make our persons and property safer—are they worth it? Where and when was the public debate on whether they’re worth it? Was there no such debate because we’re not capable of having or demanding one? Why not? Have we actually become so selfish and scared that we don’t even want to consider whether some things trump safety? What kind of future does that augur?
Maybe now's the time to try again. But where should the discussion be held? In Congress would surely be a waste of time. The subject is too serious and important to be left to a collection of self-promoting idiots and water-carrying hacks.