Boston united

My Thoughts

Dr. Bill AtwoodApril 24, 2013 

It was a Monday in Boston we will not forget. The incident will be remembered for many years in our history because it was so shocking to all concerned as well as all of us who have heard and read about it. The carnage on the street that resulted in the death of a few and the injuries to others was certainly uncalled for.

Now those who are responsible will have their day in court and the lawyers for the accused will try to convince the jury that there were extenuating circumstances that led up to the horrors in the streets of Boston. Perhaps a lawyer of the quality of John Adams could argue the cause for the defendant.

We need to avoid mob mentality and it is no time for street justice. Certainly a great lawyer will be asked to do the work because that is how our system works. But we will never forget this incident on King Street and we will not forget the day of March 5, 1770 as many of our citizens are now calling it, "The Boston Massacre."

In those days, at the beginning of our nation, people were concerned about their safety and their civil rights. They had a government that was taxing them beyond what many thought fair, and the government wanted to restrict ownership of weapons by citizens. At that time, it was British troops that fired into a group of citizens on a dreadful Monday and indeed John Adams came to the defense of those soldiers charged with the crime.

We have all watched the horror that swept over Boston and we have tried to figure out what caused two brothers to grow so angry that they would do such a horrible thing. Time will tell and hopefully answers will be forthcoming to our questions.

In the meantime, I would like to look at the 103 hours that spanned from the time of the explosions until the death of one of the Tsarneav brothers and the arrest of the other.

Within minutes of the explosions, there were neighbors helping neighbors to get treatment for injuries, and emergency personnel, already in place due to the marathon, were ready to help and were offering aid and comfort. Arms and legs were blown off of many and three lay dead or dieing from the blast.

During the incident, there were pictures taken of many involved at the scene and some of those pictures showed people praying. It was a good picture to see because it reminds us of our spiritual nature and our freedom to practice our faith. We saw the president at an inter-faith service for those injured and killed. Thankfully nobody interviewed the ACLU that day as nobody would have been interested in their misunderstandings of the concepts of the First Amendment -- what "separation of Church and State" really means.

We did not hear from Joe Biden or Diane Fienstein about how wrong it was for citizens to be armed for personal safety. I bet most, if not everyone, who owned a gun in Boston had it out, handy, and had the ammunition ready because they knew that when seconds count, the cops are minutes away.

And now, like the British soldiers that did not understand our culture and our sense of fairness, the defendant will face the courts and be afforded a fair trail. The system he apparently loathed enough to bomb his neighbors in a country that had opened its arms to him will protect his God given rights in a fair trial and grant him due process.

Now we are watching as people will talk about the 'why.' It is simple. He is a terrorist. He has chosen to join a Jihadist movement that wants to kill non-Muslims. He is an enemy of the state and those killed were the enemy to him.

Now he will need the kindness of those he hates, and the protections of the laws he attacks to help him in the next phase.

What we will remember from that Monday afternoon bloody attack on the streets in view of Old North Church is that the American spirit lives. We are tied to our past by events and reminded of the threats to our liberties. To think we are still discussing the First and Second Amendments along with a massacre in Boston is uncanny.

Boston was strong then, Boston is strong now. Today we are all Bostonians.

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