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Bombing may lead to more restrictions

Published 11:40am Friday, April 19, 2013

On Monday, April 15, a tragedy occurred in Boston, Massachusetts.

Bombs were set off during the Boston Marathon and many were either killed or injured.

A large majority of the injuries are life changing and most people that were there will never be the same.

Some will suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Some will never be able to return to the life they led before that tragic day.

My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all that were affected on that tragic day.

My fear is not that something like this will happen again in America because it will sooner or later.

My fear is that just like after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the government will not let a crisis go to waste.

After 9-11 we got the Patriot Act, the TSA (another government agency), unconstitutional pat downs (unreasonable searches) and X-ray body scans all under the guise of security by our bloated government.

We can now look forward to TSA checkpoints at sporting events, large gatherings, and peaceful assembly of citizens and where ever else the government thinks we need to be protected.

At the same time the government refuses to protect our borders, especially the southern border with Mexico.

Once again the government is NOT doing what it is supposed to be doing according to the Constitution but infringing on our rights as citizens.

The government cannot protect us any more than the police can in most instances.

They almost always come in after the incident, write a report and investigate.

You can read in the news recently of the attempts to restrict our right to keep and bear arms, create more bureaucracy by way of universal background checks and gun control.

To me gun control is hitting your target.

None of the bills being considered as gun control would have prevented any of the mass killings that have happened over the last few years, nor will any gun control bills prevent any criminal from carrying out a violent act if that is their goal.

What it does do is provide another means for the government to take away our liberties by silent encroachment.

All lawmakers know that the population would not stand for gun confiscation if they came right out and said that was what they were going to do so they take a bit here and a bit there, and soon they have our guns.

Another right guaranteed to us by the Bill of Rights and Constitution is under attack.

What’s next? Our freedom of speech, freedom of the press?

They are already after our freedom of religion.

We have been asleep for far too long and have allowed this to happen.

Are you willing to give up your rights for some perceived security? I’m not.

No one can protect my family better than me.

It’s my responsibility and obligation, and I will not rely on the government to step in and try and tell me that they can do a better job.

Our founding fathers were wise men.

A quote attributed to George Washington reads as follows: “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

Benjamin Franklin in 1775 said, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Thomas is a guest columnist for The Outlook.