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Boston’s — and Our — Shame

Pardon me if I take exception to the “Boston Tough” meme now floating around in the wake of the lockdown of an entire city forced by one armed but wounded teenager. Instead of cowering in place, the Boston my Marine Corps officer father grew up in — the non-Harvard “real Boston” that sent thousands of its sons off to fight and win wars, instead of go to law school – would have taken to the streets and whaled the tar out of the kid, then handed the pieces over the kindly Irish cop on the beat for garbage disposal. Today, we’re made of lesser stuff:

But that’s what happens when, in the wake of Sept. 11, the country hands its fate over to a massive, bureaucratic surveillance state (and one that’s not terribly good at it, either) — a land of CCTV cameras and stop-and-frisk and the NSA’s Black Widow and God alone knows what else. That’s what happens when a majority of the sitting U.S. senators vote to infringe on our Second Amendment rights, notwithstanding the constitutional proscription against it. That’s what happens when weepy public officials stand on the bodies of the murdered children of Newtown and call for punishing the very people who not only didn’t do it, but might have helped stop it . . .

So congratulations, Boston. In a state with some of the “toughest” gun laws in the country  – and by “toughest” I mean unconstitutionally restrictive — a legislature completely controlled by Democrats and a congressional delegation that includes a grand total of zero Republicans, it was somehow not surprising that the Chechens chose one of the few places in the United States where a) the people could not and would not fight back and b) the media would find them sympathetic…

I’ve long said that the relationship between the American Left and Islam is that of masochist and sadist; the perfect Suicide Cult meets the Death Cult of its dreams. No wonder they got along so well together, right up to the moment when they didn’t.

But from “gun control” to immigration “reform,” just about every “solution” offered by the Bipartisan Permanent Fusion Government will only make future Bostons more, not less, likely.

Michael Walsh — Mr. Walsh is the author of the novels Hostile Intent and Early Warning and, writing as frequent NRO contributor David Kahane, Rules for Radical Conservatives.


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