The Johnson City Press asked subscribers of our Facebook page Tuesday afternoon to comment on their thoughts of safety in America, as well as whether their fears of terrorism have increased and how Americans should respond to the tragedy of Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Ryan Cooper — First, condolences to those who have lost parents, friends and children to the Boston Marathon explosions and let us hope for the speedy and full recovery of those injured. Second, don’t be terrorized; do not surrender one iota more of liberty to the national security state. Keep in mind that your chances of being harmed by a terrorist attack are vanishingly small. We ultimately vanquish terrorism when we refuse to be terrorized. Catch the culprit(s) and provide due process and if convicted punish them.
Sherry Freeman — Terrorism should be prevented, but I believe more Americans need to stand up and be more out and about in their own neighborhoods. They should not be afraid. Yes people need to be cautious but also to show that violence or illegal activities are not welcome.
Tim Mullen — Terrorism does not equal fear. I don’t even use the word ‘terrorism.’ They are simply thugs and criminals. That’s all. The Wild West with bigger gizmos. To me, crime is a verb. A criminal is a noun. To me, fear is a verb. Freedom is a noun. Bombs explode. But Freedom rings. We should never mix the two.
Sam Miller — Visiting the city of NOLA the evening of the Boston Marathon bombing was WAY scary. While my heart goes out to those who were affected by the horrific actions, I felt terrorized as I watched three of four un-lit military helicopters continuously fly low over the French Quarter area. That would not stop someone bent on creating havoc; in fact it seems that would encourage attention seeking folks. We can’t let the terrorists “win” by restricting our lives.
Craig Guinn — This is another example that you alone are responsible for your safety. The government, the police, all of the written law ever written cannot protect you from bad people when they want to do bad things. Go about your business? Absolutely. Be aware of your surroundings? Absolutely! Some may say that this is just paranoid, I say it is common sense.
Sarah Snipes — We’ve long become too divided, too focused on blame to see the real problems and the real instigators of those problems. Each can blame the other for the cause of these events but until we can all sit down at the table and look at the individuals that cause them we will never get anything done. We lost people yesterday, an 8-year-old boy among them. How do we honor them rather than the perpetrators?
Brittany Williams — The greatest thing the U.S. government could do to keep people safe is to maximize any given citizen’s personal liberty. Do a little history research — over time, there has been more frequent recurring violence and more restrictions on personal liberty implemented. NOT a coincidence.
April Richardson — I’d just hope that instead of being up in arms about the tragedy, people focus on the solidarity shown to the victims. It’s like our president said. There are no political parties when something like this happens. And with so many nations participating, the whole world shares in the grief. But they also share in the compassion, empathy and resiliency. Any time somebody can take another person’s life it’s a tragedy, but it also brings people together to prevent it from happening again. And we shouldn’t point fingers at any one group of people, because we’re all sharing in the shock of yesterday’s events together.