The Boston Bombings and the 2nd Amendment

As terrible as the Boston marathon bombing was, it was the subsequent searches and shootouts that might have the greater long-term implications for supporters of the 2nd Amendment, as well as those uncomfortable with the increasing militarization of local and national police forces. Four related issues bear consideration in the wake of these events. Boston's Disarming -- Since 1998 Massachusetts has suffered under one of the nation's most restrictive and extensive gun control regimes. Predictably, this did not increase public safety but rather produced soaring crime rates. However, it did result in the third lowest rate of gun ownership in the country (12.6%) behind only New Jersey and Hawaii. So when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev fled into Watertown, he had little to fear from the local residents, barely one in ten of whom likely had firearms available, and presumably none an "assault weapon" or high-capacity pistol. How those residents felt as an armed and murderous terrorist roamed the...(Read Full Article)

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