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Three Dead, 176 Injured by Boston Marathon Bombings

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 16, 2013

The twin bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three and wounded 176 yesterday, according to FOXNews.com.  Authorities have not yet released information about potential suspects.  Pundits debate whether the bombings were the result of a homegrown terrorist or part of a larger international terrorist organization.  This argument will be settled in time.

The carnage in Boston has stirred many emotions in Americans including disbelief, horror, outrage and fear.  The desire for retribution is great and it is hoped by this writer that the perpetrator(s) will pay the ultimate price for this heinous act.

The Boston terrorist attack offers a sad reality check.  It is a reminder that assault rifles, the subject of so much debate amongst politicians in recent months, is but one of many tools criminals can use to murder.  In fact, in Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries wracked by terrorism, it is not the assault rifle but the improvised explosive device (IED) that is most often the weapon of choice.  This is not by accident.  Explosive devices are more efficient killers than any rifle.  They are also easier to conceal and can be remotely detonated.

According to reports, the explosive devices used in Boston were made with easily obtainable materials including pressure cookers, ball bearings and nails.  Politicians responding to this tool of death the way they responded to the assault rifle after Sandy Hook would mean limiting the amount of ball bearings and nails one could purchase, as well as making people register for permits to buy pressure cookers.  Even if such actions were reasonable, the results would be ineffective.  There are an inexhaustible number of tools that terrorists and criminals can use to murder.  If society truly wishes to affect the increasing acts of mass murders it will need to limit the number of killers walking the streets.


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