Prisons are arguably are one of the most controlled environments where humans live. Everything about a prison is [supposed] to be controlled. Security is prevalent, on site and ready to respond to any incident on short notice. Its inhabitants have few rights – privacy and search and seizure laws aren’t among them. Inmates and their living quarters are subject to random searches without notice, warrant or probable cause. Monitoring cameras are virtually everywhere, and big brother is [supposed to be] always watching inmates’ every move. It is, more than any other place, the ultimate “weapons-free” zone. Despite this, inmates still manage to secure weapons of various sorts. While these weapons rarely include firearms . . .
sometimes they do. Regardless, dangerous weapons somehow are able to manifest themselves in a place where they are not only prohibited, but is designed specifically to limit access to such items.
How then, can anyone with any semblance of logic or intelligence seriously believe that we can truly eliminate the illicit acquisition and use of any weapon, specifically firearms, in what is [mostly] a free and open society?