Thursday, April 25, 2013

Two bombings of the past

For those who cling to the idea that some high level of sophistication or broader organisation must have played part in the Boston Marathon bombings, consider this page from history.

On September 16, 1920, a bomb believed set by anarchists killed more than 30 people on Wall Street and injured around 300 others. The criminal case was never solved.

From: Wikipedia

George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress

Here's another bombing from the past: A Harvard professor set a bomb inside the U.S. Capitol on the July 4th holiday weekend in 1915. That bomb was timed to go off near midnight, according to a senate historical webpage, to prevent loss of human life.

National Photo Company Collection, Library of Congress

Best I can tell, there were no calls for the Constitution or the Second Amendment to be "reinterpretted" like nanny state advocate Mike Bloomberg has called for in the aftermath of Boston's Marathon bombings.

America has had bouts with bombings and terrorism before. But the modern era is the only one where government officials have actively sought to exploit the incidents in an organized fashion to peel away our Constitutional rights and protections.

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