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Published: Monday, April 15 2013 3:40 p.m. MDT

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Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

I won't be the least bit surprised to discover this perpetrator ends up being an --

Patriot wanna-be,
honoring the Battle of Lexington and Concord,
by using a blackpowered homemade IED, [pipebomb],
seeking to sound a "shot heard 'round the world",
Can't take away MY right to bear any arms I want!,
"Boston" Tea-Partier.

It "shouldn't" destroy our Freedoms,
but those thinking they are defending Freedom and the Constitution -- are actually the very one's trampling it faster than any outside force possilbe ever could.

DN Subscriber 2


Now, I assume you also believe that horrific deeds by crazy people should not be an excuse for destroying some of our other freedoms?

Freedom comes with risks, and few guarantees as to safety, but not everyone wants to give up liberty for some temporary security.

American Fork, UT

I agree. They 'win' when we react out of fear. Like we do at the airport. Every time something like this happens I compare our reaction with the steadfast stoic resolve of London during the IRA attacks in the 70's, or even during the recent subway attacks.


To "battle this evil without abandoning what it holds dear", we will have to "battle" our own governments, because we abandoned many of those dear things long ago.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

To "battle this evil without abandoning what it holds dear", we will have to "battle" our own governments,...


It's thoughts like THAT that led to Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma Federal Building bombing, and quite possibly this one as well.

the old switcharoo
mesa, AZ

"On days like this there are no Republicans or Democrats," Obama said. "We are Americans united in concern for our fellow citizens."

Since FOX won't directly quote Obama...

John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

How shameful that this tragedy will be exploited by those how actually seek to destroy traditional American values. They will use the cry of "freedom" to push for fewer restrictions on violent forms of entertainment. They will scream that the public must have the freedom to view violent movies and play violent video games.

Hopefully, the general public will not fall for these false references to freedom. When a society abandons restrictions on violence and wanton sexual conduct, it actually places itself in bondage to the resulting disease, crime, and broken families.

Let us all resolve to honor true freedom and the victims of this terrible tragedy by resolving to abandon violent and sexually explicitly forms of entertainment. Instead, we must return to the values that made this Country great, such as fidelity, honor, chastity, and peacefulness.

New York, NY

@john charity spring
funny that you would find it shameful for others to use it as a platform for their agendas but then go on to do exactly that.

Durham, NC

In the early 90s I used to travel to the UK on business often. While there, I would stay with a friend who lived in Cevent Gardens section of London.... and twice there were bombings like this. Once a Pub was bombed, another a bus stop.

The Brits were amazing in their resolve in not letting those who would try to shape opinion and policy through acts of terrorism was amazing. They did the tight british upper lip thing, and would not dignify the acts, validating those horrific acts.

I worry that in todays news hungry world that ratings will eclipse the need to not encourgae or give air to those who seek to exploit our feers. Today was a horrific act of cowardess. Patriots used to give their own lives to achieve the greater good. These cowards take others lives - forcing the sacrifce on others. Who ever they are - they are weak and cowards.

May the people of Boston stand united that they will not be scared into reacting to these people. May they not bend to those who would use violence and the sacrifice of others to gain their political ends.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Sole is to put yourself in someone else's shoes. I sympathizes with the family's.

Hayden, ID

@ Open minded Mormon. Nice speculation on your part but have you considered it might be a dope smoking, occupy Wall Street, Godless secular progressive that do not know that good and evil are not relative, that they are accountable to no one therefore who's life has no meaning, no purpose and therefore killing people is the only way he can be "somebody" like Jared Loughner, Adam Lanza, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold (Columbine)? Or have you considered it might turn out to be Al Qaida who hates and is at war with America precisely because of Godless secular progressives? Now please remember to "keep an open mind", right?

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Our first concern should be for the people who were injured, their families and the families of those who died. Have we remembered them in our supplications?

Then, we must not allow any level of government to use terrorism to inhibit our liberties. We, the people of the United States, must use our own eyes and our own ears to see those among us who cause fear and harm. We must not allow the government to use this as an excuse to listen to our conversations, to restrict our movements, to open our email or to infringe on any liberty in any way.

There is always a "trail" in any crime. Those in law enforcement have the tools and the training to follow that "trail". The criminals will be caught and they must be prosecuted, but we must never let criminals cause us to run to government for security. Too many corrupt politicians will embrace our fear as they make laws to take away our freedoms.

salt lake, UT


So then you do plan to shamelessly use this as a platform?

South Jordan, Utah

Any rhetoric to the contrary, we are vulnerable to terrorist attacks and we will remain so. We will have to trade some of our privacy rights to enhance public safety. Maybe we should follow the London example and install surveillance cameras in the downtown sections of our major cities.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The worst part of these disasters is that we never get to know the reason why.

It almost seems that the political propagandist like it that way. They are free to spin the cause to their advantage.

I find it very incongruous that we place so much attention to the killing of people for political reasons and very little attention to the killing of people by business malfunction.

We will spend millions of dollars to apprehend, convict and punish the people who put the bombs in Boston along with other millions of dollars of media coverage.

Yet we know the people responsible for the deaths of people by peanut butter, spinach and bad medicine and have not seen any of them properly punished for ignoring the regulations of our government.

I think it was the cable news that said the Dentist who use the unsanitary tools, might lose his license to practice.

Kearns, UT

I think that we need immediate legislation to ban bombs, right now. Oh wait. We already have laws against bombs. Hmmm. Someone set two off without regards to the law. Maybe we need a background check to keep bombs out of the hands of law abiding citizens. Oh wait. Law abiding citizens are not going aroung posessing bombs. Only criminals and terrorists.

I'm guessing that Open Minded Mormon is way off base. But keep living the dream.

Everett, 00

Hayden, ID

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah


Time to but your rhetoric to the Constitutional test...

Just curious,
Are you both willing to stick your necks out and defend this nut-jobs 2nd amdendment "right" to keep and bear bombs?
Just so long as he doesn't blow anybody up?

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

@ airnaut aka openminded mormon aka lds liberal,

What is your solution?

Would you live in jail so that the government can lock you up safe from anyone who would harm you?

Would you give up your firearms because the government told you that only they had the right to keep and bear arms?

Would you give up your privacy because the government wanted to listen to your conversations?

You are advocating all of the above when you mock the citizens of this nation who are free from government oversight; free from government infringements; free from bureaucrats telling them when they can travel, where they can go, what they can do.

Laws are on the books the restrict "bombs". You know that. You know that those laws were broken in the Boston bombing, yet you mock honest citizens who understand that they must speak responsibly against corrupt politicians who use any excuse to take away our rights and that they must speak against ignorant citizens who misunderstand their personal responsibility to defend our rights against government intrusion.

The Boston bombing was against the law. The law did not stop the bomber(s). Government restrictions did not stop the bomber(s).

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Why would it destroy our freedoms?
My hunch is that this was a homegrown terror act similar to McVey and OKC. During the Clinton years the nut jobs formed thousands of militias to combat the federal government. Same thing is happening during Obama's administration.
A repub in the White House can get away with anything without the far right even paying attention but once a Dem is in the White House the extremists want to mix it up.
If they find the person who did this, I would wager it would be an anti-government militia member who was quite happy when Bush gave us the Patriot Act.

Mapleton, UT

Words are inadequate in describing the Boston tragedy. We are left with our thoughts and prayers in behalf of those who suffer.

The bombing brings into sharp focus the horror of violence. While violence in theory may appeal to some either as a weapon used aggressively or as a deterrent, in reality, as we see in Boston, it is abhorrent in every regard and a marker of the worst of times.

Might this give us pause in our advocacy of unlimited guns in America.

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