"Still the 'number one government priority is to keep people safe'."
Yeah that's what they keeping saying and claiming more and more powers to miaintain this fiction. Why? because <insert deity name here> Forbid, once an outrage has happened, the politicians will be shown to be impotent, something they are really terrified of.
My opinion is the first job of government is keep the lights on and the toilets emptied. Sounds trivial but try living in a world with neither of those.