Is there really anyone who was surprised with the bombings at the Boston Marathon April 15? The only thing that surprised me was the fact that it hadn't occurred sooner be it Boston or some other city. Americans have become very complacent over the years when we should be more vigilant than ever.
We need to know and understand that we are fighting terrorism now as we have been for many years and will be for years to come. We all remember 9/11 because it was so horrific with airplanes flying into the tallest structures in NYC causing them to crumble to the ground killing 3,000. No one will ever forget that terrorist attack and the many innocent people who became victims of terrorists from other countries who detest Americans.
However, let's remember that 9/11 was not the first act of terrorism on our soil. The Trade Center was a terrorists' target in 1993 when a massive truck bomb was detonated by Islamic terrorists under the World Trade Center, killing six and injuring more than 1,000 in an effort to collapse the towers. There have been many others, also.
We can celebrate now that these terrorists have met their fate. We can celebrate that those involved were successful in bringing this to an end, but we cannot celebrate for long because this war on terror continues. We must be aware that many more terrorists are in this country hiding in the shadows waiting for their moment as they live among us. If you haven't thought much about that before, then this is your wake-up call. This will happen again and again. Perhaps it will be months or even years from now, but yet, it could be tomorrow.
All of this brought to mind what the Obama administration has been attempting to do regarding our Second Amendment. More than any other time, people are thinking that they need to have a gun for protection in their homes and understandably so. I would guess that people who do support changes in gun laws are well-intentioned; however, we the people must never allow our Constitutional rights to ever be taken away from us. The Second Amendment states that we have the right to bear arms to protect ourselves against domestic and / or foreign terrorists. An interesting item brought out was that the FBI interviewed one of the Boston terrorists in 2011, however, the government missed the potential warning signs of his behavior. So as you can see - although Homeland Security is doing a fantastic job, it is not perfect as the Boston Marathon has proved to us on April 15.
We have a tendency to downplay the war on terror. In fact, calling it what it is may be politically incorrect. This is the time to bury political correctness before it buries us.
-- Elizabeth J. Balson, Warren