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By Jeff Knox

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Manassas, VA --(Ammoland.com)- That demented, hate-filled terrorists could build bombs and detonate them in a crowded public place should not have come as news to anyone.

That’s what terrorists have been doing around the world for decades – centuries.

That it could be done in the US by people we had welcomed with open arms, should also have been no surprise. Islamist extremists have been promising, and perpetrating attacks in the US since the 1970s.

Other extremists, from anarchists, to White supremacists, to Puerto Rican separatists, to anti-abortion activists, to radical leftists have perpetrated acts of terror on our soil since the foundation of the republic. Indeed, American revolutionaries of the 1700s were considered terrorists by the British. The use of violence as a means of advancing a social or political goal is as old as society itself. How it is remembered generally depends on who wins and is around to write the history. Nonetheless acts of terror, particularly when perpetrated against civilians, generally backfire and engender hate and loathing for the assailant’s cause rather than sparking the desired changes in policy.

So there were no new lessons to be learned from the actual bombing of the Boston Marathon. In a free society, extremists will always have the ability and opportunity to inflict harm on the innocent. We know this. We’ve seen it. We’ve mourned with the victims and families. At most, this bombing serves as a reminder to be aware, be prepared, and to take precautions.

The bombing of the Boston Marathon was not meant to generate support for Chechen independence, or appreciation for the “religion of peace,” or even to strike a blow for fallen comrades in the ongoing conflict between Islam and the rest of the world.

This attack, like the senseless atrocity at Sandy Hook, was an example of weak-minded losers trying to give some significance to their lives at the expense of innocents.

What both outrages accomplished though, goes much deeper than individual narcissistic validation. The fear and anger arising from such acts tend to push the public away from individual liberty and into the arms of an ever more protective, ever more powerful, ever more intrusive, ever more restrictive government. That is the lasting damage done by terrorists and violent lunatics.

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, the citizens of Boston and its suburbs were ordered to stay in their homes while state, local, and federal police, along with units of the National Guard, swept through the streets in full military battle gear, armed with real assault rifles, and shielded by heavy armored vehicles. On multiple occasions, officers and agents kicked in doors without warrants or probable cause, pointed guns at residents – men, women, and children – and herded them into the street with shouted orders and violent threats.

Authorities totally ignored constitutional protections, disregarded individual rights, and trampled on the rule of law – all in the name of public safety.

The pictures and videos coming out of Watertown were chillingly reminiscent of film clips of Jews in 1940’s Germany and Poland being herded from their homes by heavily armed Nazis. I don’t mean to suggest that the motives or intentions of the police and agents in Watertown mirrored those of the Nazis, but only to point out the similarity in the tactics employed. I understand the tension and concerns of the authorities in light of the earlier firefight with the suspects, but can we condone the total disregard for the Constitution and civil rights that they displayed with their actions. It’s one thing to pursue a fleeing suspect into a dwelling, but it’s something else completely to kick down doors on the basis of suspicion or anonymous tips.

Had this action been carried out in the Phoenix or Dallas suburbs rather than the virtually gun-free utopia of Massachusetts, the odds would be high that a homeowner might have been shot. I know that if there were mad bombers running loose in my neighborhood, I would not be hunkering in the house empty-handed. How would that have played out when the authorities illegally kicked down my door without warning?

The crux of the issue is that a couple of disturbed and radicalized young men sought to immortalize their names and to damage to our way of life. They viciously attacked us by abusing the freedoms and protections our people enjoy. In response, our government agents shredded the Constitution and trampled on those freedoms and protections. And those people thanked them for it! What’s worse is that some of those same people are seriously considering, even demanding, further restrictions on rights, further degradation of liberty, further dismantling of the Constitution, all in the futile hope that surrendering our liberty will enhance their security.

Just this result is a victory for the terrorists.

The Marathon bombing was a difficult and unusual situation, but it did not justify the police actions. Police and federal agents involved must be called to account. All law enforcement should undergo remedial training in constitutional limitations and protections. If there is not accountability and no lessons learned, and especially if politicians are allowed to trade freedom for a false sense of security, then the terrorists and enemies of liberty will have secured an even greater and lasting victory.

The Constitution and civil rights are not mere suggestions, they are the supreme law of the land. Ignoring, disregarding, and trampling them must not be permitted, much less praised and rewarded. Too many people have fought, sacrificed, and died to preserve our freedoms to simply throw them away because of some terrorists’ lawless actions.

About:
The Firearms Coalition is a loose-knit coalition of individual Second Amendment activists, clubs and civil rights organizations. Founded by Neal Knox in 1984, the organization provides support to grassroots activists in the form of education, analysis of current issues, and with a historical perspective of the gun rights movement. The Firearms Coalition is a project of Neal Knox Associates, Manassas, VA. Visit: www.FirearmsCoalition.org

  • 12 User comments to “The Terrorists Won in Boston ~ Video”

    1. Bob Damon on May 8, 2013 at 7:33 AM said:

      Wow, Jeff, not true.

      I live in this area, and the BS you are pushing is a slap in the face to the citizens and law enforcement of the Boston area.

      Find another cause to push your big bad government crapola, or come her and see how we will make you unwelcome.

      You know, the irony is, the terrorist do win when we have people like you spinning this to fit your cause.

      Ammoland, really, this is your site, you are also responsible.

    2. Yeah, Bob’s right. When you are trying to bring in an unarmed teenager for questioning about a crime, you need to shut down a city and suspend the rights that all those solders fought and died for throughout the last 230 years. Who needs rights when you have a teenager running wild in your neighborhood.

    3. Kenneth Waggoner on May 8, 2013 at 8:17 AM said:

      I’ve watched the video’s and having been to Iraq twice I can tell you that what I saw in the video’s is the exact same thing we did there, it sent chill’s down my spine. Something to think about as well, it took us day’s to put together thing’s like this, to get all the player’s in place, the equipment ready and to plan the operation but it did not seem to take but hour’s for them to do this.
      And Bob when your sitting in the FEMA camp someday wondering how this could have happen to you and your family remember YOU aloud it to happen, you were warned but choose not to listen instead you choose to trust the government, what a fool.

    4. HorseTeethSam on May 8, 2013 at 8:51 AM said:

      There is always some liberal loon telling us that we are being wacko-conspiracy nuts by suggesting that surrendering our freedom is not the right thing to do. They are quick to tell us that our SAFETY is the prime directive, and to that end, the sacrifice of some rights is in order. “Come on,” they tell us, “this is the twenty-first century!” (Of course I had forgotten which century I was living in) “Your Constitution is over 200 years old, and times have changed!” Same, tired old liberal crap over and over again.

    5. robertsgt40 on May 8, 2013 at 9:19 AM said:

      Correct. The “terrorists” did win. That would be your govt. We just got conditioned for martial law with door to door warrantless entries and clearing the streets…all for one 19yr old…who didn’t do it.

    6. Kenneth Waggoner on May 8, 2013 at 9:57 AM said:

      I do have to agree though that had this been tried here in Texas somebody would have gotten shot, on the other hand, and I know a lot of people don’t like the man but I don’t see Perry allowing this on any level.

    7. 5 War Veteran on May 8, 2013 at 10:03 AM said:

      “It was terrifying!” Terrifying = terr-ifying terr = terror.
      Just who are the terrorists?

      Need I say more?

    8. D. Murphy on May 8, 2013 at 10:43 AM said:

      My nephew is a Boston cop, the weapons ammount of ammunition and armoured vehicals they have avaiable to them is staggering..

    9. Johnny Nightrider on May 8, 2013 at 11:58 AM said:

      I don’t like the Federal police and National Guard Units combined with state and local police to go around and point rifles in your face.Tell you to get out of your own home while they stomp through your house looking for a terroist.The Constitution is the supreme law of the land and they stomped all over that.This is how there going to confiscate guns of responsible law abiding U.S. citizen gun owners and put people in FEMA Camps.We have to join together before this time comes to fight a tyrannical government that has no respect for the Constitution.We need to get our ducks in a row and get squared away for what will come.

    10. Jamie on May 8, 2013 at 12:21 PM said:

      The terrorist won on 9/11 and ever since we have had this sort of stuff shoved down our throats. The media ignored it then and they will continut to ignore it since they are embedded with the government.

    11. sidney on May 9, 2013 at 7:38 AM said:

      Hey bob ever hear of the term ‘you Pussy’

    12. Jason B on May 14, 2013 at 8:23 PM said:

      Hey Sidney, of course Bob is familiar with the term. He probably hears it from his wife every night while the Yankee bitch tongue lashes him and he stands up to her by saying “yes dear”.
      Hey Bob, don’t worry about having to make any of us feel unwelcome because I’m sure none of us want to come there in the first place. Of course how you think you could be intimidating to anyone would be quite humorous considering the main reason the government made there test run there is because they knew that they wouldn’t be met with resistance like they would in a state where people are smart enough to see the government for what it is and wouldn’t just lay down and take their civil rights being trampled on like you guys so bravely did with your hands on your heads while armed thugs pointed guns at your family. Let them run another test invasion drill in the south and see how far they get before being reminded that the 2nd amendment exists to resist tyranny and to stop that exact kind of situation from becoming a problem in the first place. I guarantee that if they can do it again without meeting any resistance it will become a regular occurrence. Just like any other gang, most cops(not all but way to many) are nothing but cowards when they stand alone. Given costumes, guns and assembled into groups they are empowered and feel that laws do not apply to them. They will retain that belief and they will continue to get worse until they are put in their place. When they illegally kick in doors and start getting shot for it on a regular basis, the badass feeling they have gained will quickly be replaced by the cowardly feeling that they already had and they will start rethinking their career choice. Unfortunately when laws started being made based on profit instead of what’s right, cops became the street thugs for the government version of the mafia. When the Supreme Court ruled that the job of the police was not to protect the people, just to enforce the laws regardless of whether they are right or wrong, cops became mafia thugs and their primary job became extortion. If you don’t believe me or you disagree with what I just said then think of it this way, you or someone you love could easily become their next victim. Once you have had your home illegally invaded by them, been assaulted by them, been shot in the back with a taser for pointing out they’re wrong, had your sick wife terrorized by them and forced to take out an order of protection against you under the fake threat of putting her in jail and your kids, including my autistic son, in foster care if she didn’t just to keep me from suing them, been the victim of an assault and then arrested for it because they failed to do their job, had your family destroyed, had your children suffer lifelong trauma because of them, lost your rights, lost your home, lost tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees and all of it because of one sheriff’s departments corruption, maybe you will see things my way. I never did anything wrong. I was the victim of a crime in every circumstance. They showed up, never ask me a thing, questioned the other person involved, ignored every witness and hauled me off to jail without even being able to tell me why. They have forged my signature, tampered with evidence and edited audio recording to protect themselves. I even still have a clean record, not even a ticket and I have had all of that done to me and my family. All of it just to make a profit for the court system. Bob, I hope you are next. Personally, I’ll be prepared the next time. No cop will ever get near me again without me being armed and them being recorded by multiple sources.

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