feral hobbit is right. Look at what has happened in the years following 9/11. In hopes of being kept safe from terrorists, the general public accepted the Patriot Act and the Dept. of Homeland Security. Yes there has been some grousing, but there have not been any widespread protests, The politicians who voted for it didn’t all get tossed out of office and replaced by those who vowed to repeal it. The NSA and other .gov organizations are spying on us, and again there is some minor grousing, but no widespread protests, nor is anyone going to be voted out of office or into office based on that spying. If ISIS or some other group attacks us, and the federal response is to further erode the Constitution with a promise of increased safety, the public will accept the tradeoff.