Last week’s nightmare in Boston makes for an interesting argument about the state of security in the United States at the moment, and the value in improving that security for all American citizens. Though it’s hard to say the bombing at the Boston Marathon wouldn’t have happened if security had been tighter, it is easy to say it would have been significantly more difficult to have happened… that the perpetrators would have been likely captured or killed sooner… and that the American public is behind law enforcement when it comes to protecting our skins.
Because somebody needs to.
The U.S. has had a gun problem for quite some time. It’s like a nationwide addiction that no one is willing to address, much less treat. Why? Because over two centuries ago, our forefathers told us we have a right to own and use guns. (Mind you, this was written when the country was on a wartime footing on its own shores… details, details.) And today, although we haven’t fought a war on our lands for over a century, we have dangerous people among us, and we want to protect ourselves.
So we buy guns. Many of us don’t learn to use them properly… many of us don’t store them properly… many of us keep ammo in them, leave safeties off and put them where kids can get at them… but there you go. We feel safer.