The inevitability of politicization

The reason I didn’t comment on the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing is because the web is so saturated with blog and news coverage there wouldn’t have been anything I could have added.  Now that some of the dust has settled (no pun intended) I’ll offer just a couple thoughts.

  • I get the feeling that when major catastrophic events of this kind occur, it might be best to tune out for a day or two.  As with the Newtown school shooting, virtually every news update was factually wrong in what it reported.  Being first has become more important than being accurate.
  • As soon as the news broke, the Political Left began speculating the ideology which motivated the bombing.  Well, they tried to conclude — without being explicit — it was a Right-Winger.  Now that it has been made known that the two men responsible were Chechen Muslims the Political Left has steered clear of their religious affiliation.
  • Pols are using this tragedy to advance everything from further gun control to immigration.  After all, you never want to let a crisis to go to waste.
  • It didn’t take long for conspiracy theorists to latch on to the erroneous errors in reporting by news agencies to speculate alternate ‘truths’.

bomb free


  1. I’m not sure that politicizing mass shootings or bombings or chemical plant explosions is a bad thing, unless they’re used to promote an agenda that has nothing to do with them. If it’s a very public thing, we should talk about it in terms of what could be done to prevent it. So, while we need to respect the victims, we absolutely should have a discussion.

    The MA school shooting, for example. It was used to promote all manner of federal measures. None of which would have done anything to prevent it.

    Imagine if we looked at the Boston bombing in the same way as school shootings. “Bomb-free zones” may be offered as a solution. Limiting the amount of explosives in a particular bomb might be seen as a way to prevent a madman from doing so much damage. Background checks before buying bomb components (clocks, pots, and pipe).

    These might seem silly, but is it not as silly as applying them to any weapon?

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