For the record, using the Boston Marathon bombing as a political weapon to argue for or against gun control is completely inappropriate. When Arkansas Representative Nate Bell asked how many Bostonians were cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 the night before the lockdown, social media responded quickly… and Nate Bell found himself apologizing for the “timing” of his unfortunate comments.
Apparently Wayne LaPierre, the Executive Vice President of the NRA, didn’t get the same memo, when he asked today “How many Bostonians wish they had a gun two weeks ago?”
The Boston Marathon bombings are not about gun control or gun ownership or gun freedom. What Bostonians wished for two weeks ago was a swift resolution to a horrifying and terrible event. What Bostonians wished for was peace and safety.
If you want to turn the Newtown tragedy into a gun discussion, that’s fine – although I would argue it’s inappopriate to not include a discussion about mental health in there. But the Marathon bombings were not and are not about guns. They are about terrorism and cowardice. Turning them into a pro or anti-gun weapon is just as cowardly.