OPINION: Policies should prevent Boston-type bombings

Posted by on April 29, 2013 with 0 Comments

0429edby Mario Peterson

As we all may have heard as of now, two bombs were detonated near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on April 15th.  It was a time for excitement and happiness for Bostonians and New Englanders as they were in the midst of celebrating Patriot’s Day, a civic holiday recognized in particular by New Englanders commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775.

Both suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were eventually identified a few days after the bombing. One was killed and the other is going being tried in a civil court.  This attack was deemed as a terrorist attack to many. Nobody expected it. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a 26-year-old suspect was involved in a brutal shootout and killed an MIT officer and eventually got shot dead by a police officer.  The other was found in Watertown, MA hiding in a boat and was involved in a shootout and eventually got brought into custody.  He was later transported to the hospital and received treatment while he was questioned by authorities.  He had to write down his responses to the questions he received through a notebook as result of taking a bullet to the throat.

What does this mean to Americans?  As we progress through time, we are stuck in the midst of speculating about how safe we are anymore.  Are we going to have to start checking everyone’s bags all over the street?  It is something one must consider.  After 9/11, we had to establish a whole new executive department because of the events that took place.  But this is something we as Americans must learn from and take initiative.  We know that these two individuals over-stayed their visas coming from Russia.  The next step is for the United States to come to a conclusion about how to handle the situation.

I believe that the United States should emphasize immigration policy in order to address the issue accordingly.  If we were to devote more attention on immigrants to the United States in a legal manner for a safety reasons, rather than providing numerous convenient benefits for them, then this might have been avoided.  We cannot control the motives of individuals that seek to terrorize others in the United States, but we undoubtedly have the potential to eliminate many of their opportunities to do so.

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