Final thoughts on the Boston Marathon bombing? What? Am I Jerry Springer? These are most likely my final thoughts on it.
Lots of people on Reddit and Twitter decided that they’d get their Sherlock Holmes on and do everything that they could to help the federal authorities locate the suspects. This was a crowd sourced manhunt. I remember the photos of the suspects all over the front page of Reddit almost instantly after photographs of the suspects were made public. It was definitely a 21st century hue and cry thing going on. There are very few actual detectives on Reddit or Twitter and a missing Indian American student was misidentified as one of the bombers. I’m not sure if the problem is social media or if the media is just too quick to grab information from social media and put it out there in order to be the first to break a story. The news media has millions of unpaid, eager news hounds at their disposal feeding them all sorts of information in the wake of any big event. What happened here should teach them to be more careful vetting information from social media. It should probably teach us all to be more careful. There are stories that highlight the good that internet vigilantism can do. The work that Anonymous did in the Steubenville rape case comes to mind but it can be a dangerous thing. What if people do find someone misidentified as a suspect in a crime by social media and then beat the tar out of them? That’s a scenario where I could imagine some people in Washington getting together and penning some sort of legislation that no one would like. Take a little skepticism with you.
I’m glad that more people were not killed in the Boston Marathon bombings. I’m thankful it was not a dirty bomb or a biological attack or anything that would’ve led to cries of, “Remember Boston!” as this country again went rampaging through the world. I’m hoping that there will be no evidence that this was state sponsored in any way. I’d hate to see even a drone strike somewhere. Every savage act of violence contains the catalyst for the next one. Just prosecute and move on. Hopefully, the Boston Marathon bombings will not bring out the mostly dormant strains of Islamophobia in this country. You wouldn’t like America when she gets xenophobic.
Glenn Beck seems to be drifting more and more into Alex Jones territory ever since he left Fox. He isn’t quite into Agenda 21/FEMA camp territory yet but he keeps getting closer and closer. Apparently, Beck has information that the government is covering up about the Saudi national that was questioned and then released after the Boston Marathon bombings. He is threatening to release the information that was leaked to him by “patriots” in unnamed government agencies. All he’s really said is that he knows who the Saudi national was and that he’s a “very bad, bad, bad man.” I’m reserving judgment. I really am but this is Glenn Beck. I guess we know what happened if Glenn Beck turns up dead of an apparent suicide.
I’m probably going to hear from some people who know me in real life over this last one. This could get me condemned as a bad American. It could even get me de-friended on Facebook. It has to do with guns. I’m not against private firearms ownership. If I were ever to support a complete disarming of America, the disarming would include the police and military as well. I don’t care very much if you own a firearm. I don’t care if you have an assault rifle. I do believe that people believe far too much in their guns. People don’t have realistic views of how much protection their guns give them. Sure, sometimes the only thing that does stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas used the occasion of the lock down of Boston to opine about gun control. He said. “What hit me this morning when I heard the residents there around Boston and in the area where they thought someone might be were ordered to stay in their homes, businesses were ordered closed, public transportation was ordered closed. Let me ask you, if you’re sitting in your home and you know there are only two possibilities for people coming, one is law enforcement and the other is somebody who has already killed Americans and continues to do so, how many rounds do you want to be limited to in your magazine as you sit in your chair and wait?” Well, something hits me too about the events last week. No good guy with a privately owned firearm was able to do anything against a bad guy with an IED. Dzohokhar Tsarnaev wasn’t taken down by a brave citizen and the gun he keeps for just such an occasion. Maybe it’s just the loudest voices in the pro-gun crowd that I’m responding to but I really hope more gun owners have a more realistic view of the security that their firearms provide them.
Those are my final thoughts on the Boston Marathon bombing saga. Peace to you. Let’s all have a week filled with much less blood.