Evil act of terror can't paralyze us with fear

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When two bombs filled with shrapnel — from nails to small metal balls — exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the horror was felt in the Walla Walla Valley. It reverberated coast to coast.

The runners came from throughout America and the world.

Minutes after the explosions left bloody bodies on the street, the air filled with screams and shrouded by smoke, word of the horror spread throughout the world.

The family and friends of those who were runners or spectators at the race were instantly frozen in Walla Walla and elsewhere. They needed to find out if their friends or relatives were safe.

Those who qualified for the Boston Marathon had been preparing for a joyous event and a great feeling of accomplishment. Instead, they were left shocked and filled with a variety of emotions, from fear to anger to grief. Three people were killed — including an 8-year-old boy — and more than 150 injured by the bombs.

Several people from the Walla Walla area were at the race, many of whom told their stories to Union-Bulletin reporters. (Story on page one.) It appears nobody from this area was injured.

Walla Walla County Auditor Karen Martin was there to watch her daughter, Diane Martin Newton, run. Newton finished the race about half an hour before the explosions.

“We’re counting our lucky stars and we’re just sick to our stomachs at what happened,” Martin said.

The entire nation is sick to its collective stomachs over this horrific event. The evil necessary to ignite two bombs designed to maim and kill is difficult to grasp.

Yet, Americans have come to accept sick and evil people exist, and they attempt to inflict terror.

In the day that has passed, much of the initial fear felt by the nation has diminished and has been replaced with a resolve to not let the person or people behind the bombings force us to live in fear.

“If you want to know who we are, who America is, how we respond to evil — that’s it. Selflessly, compassionately, unafraid,” President Obama said Monday.

The nation should, and will, remain on alert for foreign or domestic terrorists who use bombs and guns to cause devastation, but we will not let them paralyze us with fear.

The security will likely be beefed up at big gatherings of people such as sporting events or concerts. They will go on and people should not be afraid to attend.

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paco1234 1 year ago

As the country is understandably focus, and distracted, with this terrorist act there are many other terrorist and criminals obtaining all kinds of guns at the internet, gun shows and their parking lots without a proper background check. If guns or bombs don't kill poeple, and if people kill people, let's background-chek people, including PEOPLE who should not have guns, and weed them out as much as possible; and save a few lives. Call your congressman and express support for reasonable background checks! Now is the time!

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namvet60 1 year ago

What does the gun control have to do with heinous crime which is in fact a bombing? Can you focus on multiple issues or get stuck on one?

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carcrazy 1 year ago

paco-what about a background check before buying a pressure cooker?

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barracuda 1 year ago

Paco... According to the latest gossip on the three main tv channels, all the carnage in Boston was most likely done with all legel stuff, bought with the most evil intentions! This just shows that if someone wants to do major harm to many people it dosent have to be with a illegal AR-15.... It can be done with perfectly legal stuff, just assembled illegally! All of the background checks you seek to implement wont weed out these people!

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paco1234 1 year ago

As we speak there are many terrorist, sex offenders, child molesters, criminals, spouse abuser, mentally handicaped people easily buying guns without a background check. If we just stop some of them we might be able to save a few children. Eighty five percent of responsible gun owners support these checks. If guns don't kill people, lets focus on bad people, and prevent them from getting guns. My point is that the country's officials are, understandably so, distrated looking for people buying "legal stuff" such as pressure cookers, ball bearings, nails, black back packs, etc. while our republican and democrat congressmen are not legislating for reasonable background checks as mandated by the majority (90%) of the American people. As we speak all hardwear stores around the Boston area are under scrutiny by the FBI. Who knows how many Jihadis might be busy at gun shows purchasing at will, semi-automatics.

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namvet60 1 year ago

Do you think that maybe we should worry about securing the borders from multiples of illegals who represent the terrorists and those on the rampage to jihad? Your logic is 90% wrong!

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barracuda 1 year ago

Paco... I think your 90% stat is seriously over-inflated! That leaves 10% against them.... The NRA has more members than that! Most of the NRA is against this type of background checks... (whether or not it is right or wrong).

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barracuda 1 year ago

By the way, the NRA has 4.9mil. -6.1 mil. members (depending on who you believe and where you look)

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kurtfr 1 year ago

6.1 million divided by 313.9 million = 1.9% That's total population. If we look at over 18 only......6.1 million divided by 239.5 = 2.6%.

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namvet60 1 year ago

Numbers - how many of the 313.9 million are illegals, felons or convicts that are not able to have a piece of this conversation. The stats would change considerably. Numbers are only Numbers in the broad spectrum but when you break them down makes quite a difference.

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kurtfr 1 year ago

So post the numbers you want to use.

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barracuda 1 year ago

I stand corrected.... I was misinformed, I assumed there were bigger number/ratio's than this... Sorry! I will try to do my homework in the future BEFORE I post......

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barracuda 1 year ago

Paco... If todays TV news/rumors are true... ( unknown if any of it is true yet)They looking for a white caucasion male, and what if this male does not have any prior record to filter him against buying the deadly BB's, ball bearings or pressure cookers... So how is your background check going to filter him out? And like your dreaded Automatic guns, are you wanting to make buying these thing illegal too? Where do youwant to stop? Any metel from a fabrication shop (shavings) can produce shrapnel! So, do we ID people for buying drill bits, sanders and grinders? Where do we stop? .

You seem to be bent on passing these background checks.... This terrorist attack happened because of a seriously flawed society... And Yes, I agree we have a problem(s).... But your solution is not the way to cure this dilema! It is through our education, parenting, serious consequenses for 1st time offenders and changes in our society! Throwing money at it... (changes in background check cost money), will not lower some of these deeds! . And yes, the stores around Boston should be on high scrutiny.... They have a killer to locate!

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loplover 1 year ago

I think that we're comparing apples to oranges here. I understand the point that Paco is making, and I agree that at least some of the Senators who voted against background checks, particularly the democrats, chose to accept money from the corporotocracy---in this case the arms manufacturers who fund and control the NRA---rather than do the bidding of their constituents. I believe that the majority of the public---although I admit I don't have hard numbers---want to see universal background checks to purchase firearms.

My opinion is that to make a law requiring them for most purchases and then to deliberately leave an enormous loophole in the law that felons, those mentally ill or disabled, domestic batterers and the like can take advantage of simply makes no sense.

That said, a bombing is not a shooting, and it's likely that the perp in this case is someone who wouldn't have been able to buy a firearm anyway.

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barracuda 1 year ago

Loplover.. .

RE: ---"rather than do the bidding of their constituents."
Here is another way to take this vote.... Maybe they voted this way because they realize more laws are not going to change the outcome! There are laws already broken every day in this area.... More laws are not going to change the facts!

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namvet60 12 months ago

Let the amnesty debate begin!

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