Patriot Act was nothing more than legislation designed to spy on Americans.
But they say...these laws have stopped terrorist activity numerous times!!! And when asked to describe or list such events the reply is someone akin to, "Well, that's classified."
But if the legislation is passed by a republican, or if Orangeman passes gun control after he wins 2020(which wouldn't surprise me)...it'll be rationalized away by many.
We are our own worst enemy.