Explosions Rock the Boston Marathon

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Explosions tore through the large crowds at the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon, claiming three lives and injuring hundreds. Four hours into the race at around 2:50 p.m., two bombs detonated in rapid succession near the finish line, triggering confusion and panic as people attempted to flee.

According to the Boston Police, at this time there are no suspects and the motivations for the attack are unclear. 

"All Americans stand with the people of Boston," declared President Barack Obama at a press conference Monday evening. "We will find out who did this, and we will hold them accountable." 

Callie Crossley is the host of the WGBH-FM Radio program "Boston Public Radio" and a Boston native. Edgar B. Herwick is a reporter for WGBH Radio in Boston.

Guests:

Callie Crossley and Edward B. Herwick

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja and Mythili Rao

Comments [10]

Kayza from New York

I don't have a problem with the background checks. I do have a major problem with the focus on guns. The reality is, as others have already noted, that there ARE many other ways to kill people and commit violence. And guns - even with high capacity clips - are most definitely not unique in their ability to kill and maim lots of people at once. And, it doesn't necessarily take a huge organization or access to really esoteric stuff either. It looks like the bombs at the Boston Marathon used items available to anyone. No one knows yet what set the fire that caused the explosion in Texas, but it would not have needed anything special, and the mayhem that one caused is still not fully tallied. And, yes, the police are considering it a crime till they know otherwise.

Violence is not an issue of guns or explosives, but of people and culture.

Apr. 18 2013 09:20 AM
Jane Benfey from Massachusetts

Please, can we start referring to these SOBs as what they are, which is murderers? whether in Boston or Somalia, they are murderers. And there is no religion in the world, no God or gods in any belief system, that would accept the murder of others as a legitimate act.

Apr. 17 2013 11:14 AM
unkerjay from Puget Sound, WA

Not so sure "good guy with a gun" would've worked here either.

Apr. 17 2013 07:47 AM
unkerjay from Puget Sound, WA

A "background check" would not have prevented this.

A ban on high capacity magazines would not have prevented this.

A ban on assault weapons would not have prevented this.

In the military there is a philosophy that says you do not win the next
war by fighting the last one.

Violence is a means to an end. It is from nutjobs. It is from nutjobs with patience, with determination, with the innovative ability to work around limitations. Tell them you're going after middle eastern men, they'll send european women.

We, all of us, need to consider that they are as least as smart, determined, patient, and willing to work at getting around whatever limitations we throw at them as are those working in enforcement at catching them before they can do harm.

That's why this needs to be about more than just the capacity of magazines, the type of weapons, or the expansion of background checks. There's no one stop fix. We should be considering it as a multilayered problem requiring a multilayered solution.

The second amendment is not the problem. Gun owners are not the problem.

The resourceful nutjobs out there looking to do us harm are the problem. The challenge is in staying one step ahead of them. They're going out of their way NOT to be predictable. Let's do ourselves a big favor by approaching the problems from a comparable point of view.

No matter the victim. No matter the means INCLUDES the possibility of IED's. Background checks, magazine restrictions, weapon bans DON'T.

False security isn't.

Apr. 16 2013 09:21 PM
glork

Please, enough with the "resilience" and "we'll come back stronger" chherleading. Stop rushing through this tragedy and process it AS IT IS, and allow and accept people giving this episode the time that it merits.

Try instead to think of time in terms of the victims in hospitals right now whose families are waiting, minute by minute, with bated breath for the merest sign of improvement.

While the "strength/ comeback" proselytizing may serve a purpose at some point in time, the race is not about how fast you can put negative things behind oneself, lest they come bubbling back up again in the most inopportune times and places, simply because one never allowed oneself to ruminate, since the media was already anxiously pushing ahead to the "healing". Let the scab form first.

Apr. 16 2013 04:39 PM
nids powell

April 15, Tax Day, Boston, Tea Party, American Revolution birth place.....anybody see any connections. Not trying to imagine a conspiracy, but the co-incidences seem fairly significant, just saying.

Apr. 16 2013 04:30 PM
Victoria Bedford from Boston, MA

WERS News, a news program in Boston, is producing a public affairs show on the Boston Marathon explosions, anyone with a story or experience to share in an interview should email youarehere@wers.org.
Thank you

Apr. 16 2013 03:27 PM
Zahid Chaudhary from New York City

The show today repeatedly compares Boston to Tel Aviv, and it boggles the mind that there is no mention of the bomb that killed 31 people in Baghdad on the same day, or the drone strikes that are terrorizing people in Pakistan and Yemen daily, keeping people on constant alert. It's disappointing that NPR would not encourage its listeners to identify with victims of terror everywhere.

Apr. 16 2013 09:52 AM
Ed from Ny

this doesnt make sense. No one benifits but dronr manufacturers, security corporations, the police state, war profiteers. Capitalism is saturated with buisinesses creating economies for themselves. This government has shown they care not for human life.

Apr. 16 2013 09:49 AM
Mittal from metuchen NJ

I live in Metuchen NJ and my husband is running a Marathon this Sunday at the Rutgers University. I am really scared and am wondering if I should ask him not participate. We have a 4yr old. I am even more scared to be taking her to cheer her dad as he crosses the finish line. Cant believe this is happening!!!
A sad day for all of us here in this country

Apr. 16 2013 09:27 AM

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