I’m no ninja, no soldier, no tactician, nor officer. I share my thoughts here from the same position I always have, as a wife, a mother, and a citizen of this great Republic.
I was absolutely horrified to see American citizens held captive in their own homes because of the actions of one evil coward. Was putting the city in lock-down the right decision? I don’t know. I certainly don’t like it, and I would like to think there were better ways to handle it. That said, it was only the police force that suffered any casualties. It certainly didn’t play out perfectly, but the coward was caught. The Boston police deserve a good pat on the back for the excellent execution of an imperfect plan. Glad it wasn’t LA.
I do know that had I been hunkered down with my family with a dangerous terrorist on the loose, I would have had my rifle with standard capacity magazines in easy reach, ready to go if needed. Any terrorist seeking shelter in my house would be in for a rude awakening. Unfortunately, most of the people of Boston don’t have that opportunity. For all it’s proud history of revolution, this city has been oppressed.
The onerous laws of Massachusetts left vulnerable the very people they claim to protect. The license requirements certainly didn’t stop the terrorists. They just ignored the rules. Like criminals do and always will. What the laws did succeed in doing is make sure the citizens were at the mercy of the men with guns on both sides of the law.
I’ve heard some chatter about whether or not these two were acting on their own, or if they had support from elsewhere. That maybe they were just one cell of a larger organization. Maybe they were, maybe they weren’t. Honestly, I don’t think it matters. What does matter is that they brought this form of warfare to our streets, and this will not be the last time we see it. Anyone that believes the next coward with terror on their mind wasn’t watching as a great American city was shut down to search for one man is naive. This is only the beginning. I’d like to be wrong, but I’m not.
Something else of note is that even with the finest law enforcement with all their tactical toys on the streets in force, it was a regular citizen stepping out for a cigarette that found the bad guy outside the perimeter that had been set up. Think he was expecting to find a terrorist that day?
Be safe. Be vigilant. Be aware of what is happening around you. If I see you on the news, I want you to be the survivor or the hero, never the victim.