Can we truly be safer?

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Twelve years ago I ran the Boston Marathon, and crossed the finish line in a moment of sheer joy. It took some time to find my family, but I never thought that we would not reunite and share this moment.

The recent Boston Marathon bombing changed the tone of this time-honored event. It also made a statement: We cannot assume that we, or our loved ones, will be absolutely safe at such large public gatherings.

Terrorism is not just the acts of faceless, overseas organizations bent on destroying our country. It can be perpetrated by individuals or groups, either native-born or immigrants. The Newtown, Conn., shootings and the Boston bombings both qualify as acts of terrorism, albeit with different victim groups. Surveillance and vigilance alone – whether at a large sporting event, an airport, a school or a church – have not prevented the carnage inflicted by evil or deranged people.

But absolute safeguards for the future will not come from more extensive gun-control laws, metal-detectors, bomb-sniffing dogs or more public safety forces on the ground or in the air. Such measures may certainly deter, but cannot absolutely prevent all terrorists from accomplishing their goals.

Given the size of this country and the practical constraints on providing security at all levels and in all locations, can America truly become safer for Americans? While I would hope so, achieving this goal is neither simple nor readily at hand.

With that in mind, this most recent tragedy should prompt us to do the following: (1) give any possible support to those who have been directly affected; (2) express our love to our family and our friends, never, ever taking them for granted.

Lawrence Devoe

Augusta

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deestafford
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deestafford 04/28/13 - 07:10 am
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We can never be totally secure and be free at the same time;

however, we deserve a president and an administration who is not sympathetic to radical Islam, does not bow to foreign heads of state, is more concerned about being liked overseas rather than respected, more concerned about diversity than competence, and taking money from the producers and giving it to the moochers. In short we need a president who believes in American Exceptionalism and touts what is great about America rather than always highlighting what America's shortcomings are.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 04/28/13 - 08:08 am
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Glad you were blessed to run the race (-:
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We did not know you had gone to Boston. Now we do. You are among the heroes. You may exemplify the real problem with our society. Look at me, coupled with ignorance and apathy.

All acts of violence against civilized society or specific individuals are the result of evil humans acting on their evil intentions. The cause is simple. We are born into a state of "self gratification". Unless someone teaches us that there are "other people" with needs and rights, we become animals. The solution is complex because we choose to make it complex.

Laws must define our rights and the rights of others. Those laws must be taught. Then those laws must be enforced.

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t3bledsoe 04/28/13 - 08:49 am
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This LTE is full of truth !

The question is, "Can we as Americans be any safer than what we are now ?" I KNOW THAT IT IS ABSOLUTELY TABOO, but perhaps we should try putting the armed forces on the streets of The U.S. instead of other countries." I know that this is too much like "BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING", but in order to be even safer than we are now, perhaps we have got to start thinking out-side the box !!

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