After the bombings in Boston, have you changed your thinking about participating in activities that involve large crowds?

ABC News U.S. 2013/04/17 19:00:00
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Investigators in the Boston Marathon bombing pressed the search Thursday for one or two potential suspects spotted on video, while President Barack Obama paid a visit under heavy security to offer words of reassurance to the city and a warning to those responsible for the attack: "We will find you."

Mountains of marathon footage yielded a possible breakthrough as investigators zeroed in on a man seen on department store surveillance video dropping off a bag near the finish line and then walking away, City Council President Stephen Murphy said on Wednesday.

In Washington, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Thursday that the FBI wants to speak with individuals seen in at least one video from the race, but she said she isn't calling them suspects in the twin bombings Monday that killed three people and wounded more than 170. She gave no details on what the video shows.

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  • luke 2013/04/18 20:00:46 (edited)
    The 9/11 attacks didn't make me think twice about going into high-rise buildings, or getting on airplanes.

    The London bombings didn't make me think twice about using public transport.

    The Madrid train bombings didn't make me think twice about using trains as an efficient mode of transport.

    The Boston bombings, in turn, WILL NOT deter me from participating in long-distance runs and participating in events with large crowds.

    "You can't allow yourself to be ruled by fear. Not by anyone else's fears, and certainly not by your own."

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  • Scrappyang 2013/05/13 18:20:46
    I have never liked large crowds my entire life and try to stay clear of them. I think it might have something to do with my terrible claustrophobia.
  • 2013/04/23 19:50:18 (edited)
    I find it ridiculous that people would let fear change their way of life, because of these terrorist acts, strewn out over causes, perpetrators, and locales... The CHANCES of ME being directly impacted are low. The CHANCES of ANYONE being directly impacted are low. I mourn those who were killed or injured, but I will not give in to fear!

    I will not succumb to the will of evil perpetrators and change myself for them!
  • Scrappyang 2013/05/13 18:23:14
    Good response. That is why they are called terrorists - because they put terror into people to make a statement. When we become terrified, they win.
  • Lyndzz 2013/04/23 17:19:20
    What happened was dreadful and tragic and just shows that there are some cruel people out there, but you cant let fear stop you from living your life and getting involved in events etc. So no this wouldnt stop me participating in these kind of activities.
  • Ramón 2013/04/23 16:23:23
    I will continue to avoid crowds like a plague infested assemblage as I have always. Don't get me wrong, I like people, but its mankind in general I dislike, and crowds are full of mankind, and womankind.
  • Neimara 2013/04/23 08:53:17
    I've always disliked being a part of crowd.
  • JimTheGeek 2013/04/23 02:06:06
    The agoraphobic always avoid large crowds
  • ms jones 2013/04/23 01:48:28
    ms jones
    To do so would allow the cowards to win! I will continue to live my life to the fullest that I possible can, not allow some sociopath to limit me in any way.
  • Shiyorisama 2013/04/23 01:32:48
    Things can happen anywhere regardless.
  • Tanya Smith 2013/04/22 23:59:04
    Tanya Smith
  • happyhappyhappy 2013/04/22 23:44:48
    Crap like this is gonna happen but it's just gonna be worse if we pump people with fear.
  • Cn2012 2013/04/22 22:27:30
    I avoided them in the past, and I will continue to do so.
  • LoveJay 2013/04/22 20:50:17
    i never really liked being in a crowd anyways .
  • Wm Kabrich 2013/04/22 19:59:42
    Wm Kabrich
    Nope always hated large crowds always will.
  • Gxoxo 2013/04/22 17:08:21
    If its your time to die then its your time. We should not be scared to live life.
  • Cheryl314 2013/04/22 15:44:41
    If we approach things in this way, then THEY WIN! Don't allow terrorists to run our lives.
  • ticlo7 2013/04/22 15:39:55
    Because one marathon was bombed, it doesn't mean every other event with crowds is going to be bombed. The chance of it happening is still more or less the same.
  • Bonita Colley 2013/04/22 14:35:06
    Bonita Colley
    Because I have never liked large crowds to begin with. To me being crammed together is not my idea of fun!
  • Bob Anderson 2013/04/22 13:27:33
  • joshBigBoss 2013/04/22 06:16:56
    I hate being in crowds.
  • Jackie 2013/04/22 05:10:56
    Yes, events with extremely large crowds.
  • Mike 2013/04/22 04:54:54
    Definitely no more marathons for me! lol
  • nails 2013/04/22 04:32:01
    That's what the enemy wants.Has everybody forgot?Be vigilant 24/7HRS a day.That
    clearly was not done at the marathon.
  • dvd85 2013/04/22 04:31:36
    Of course
  • jimmy.drew 2013/04/22 03:53:38
    Dont Dig Large Crowds so no.
  • Proggy 2013/04/22 02:11:14
    The second you alter your way of life and deprive yourself because of their acts of senseless violence and hate, you've succumbed to their intimidation tactic and have given the the victory they've sought.
  • Royo 2013/04/22 01:50:17
    People in my student council have been concerned about going to the Walk for Hunger in a few weeks in Boston. I think its important to show terrorists that we won't let them scare us into our homes and let them win. If we cower in our homes, we won't be the land of the brave anymore.
  • Nikola Tesla 2013/04/22 00:24:43
    Nikola Tesla
    No unless they are running a bomb drill at the same time than its feets don't fail me now time.
  • ConLibF... Nikola ... 2013/04/22 06:19:37
    Question, was or was not the bombathon a false flag staged event?
  • Nikola ... ConLibF... 2013/04/22 06:27:19
    Nikola Tesla
    I believe most acts of terror are staged, since I cant think of a single Muslim that is going to benefit from it.
  • ConLibF... Nikola ... 2013/04/22 06:36:47
  • mach-1 BL-106 2013/04/22 00:19:21 (edited)
    mach-1  BL-106
    Just watch me go!

    Me and Smith..

    I never attend a GUN FREE ZONE event
  • mach-1 ... 2013/04/23 20:06:02
    You rock! Woo-hoo!!!
    Thank you for bringing up such an important point! "Gun Free Zones" (or Defenseless Zones, as I call them) are the most dangerous places to be gathered in a large group, as there is no line of defense against criminals who would target Gun Free Zones as a defenseless shooting range!

    I was with an armed friend in a parking lot a few months back. We were being rapidly approached by a pair of individuals who had been testing the door handles of numerous vehicles. My friend placed his hand on his weapon and raised his shirt with the other, turning to reveal the holstered weapon... They turned tail. The ideal purpose of a gun is as a deterrent for crime, but it is still there to be used as a tool to actively defend in a moment of escalation.

    Wonder how long we would have had to wait for cops???

    There in minutes, when seconds count!
  • mach-1 ... 2013/04/24 03:35:52
    mach-1  BL-106
    Yep...guns are a detourant...
    And gun free zones are dangerous ...
  • BabyBear 2013/04/21 22:26:14
    The goal of terrorism is to cause fear. If we become to fearful of living our lives, they win.
  • Ali42 2013/04/21 21:38:05
    Why let the bastards get their way?

    I refuse to live in fear as a woman and I refuse to live in fear as an American.

    Fear is a powerful tool, used very effectively by evil people to control others.

    As soon as people in this country start telling me I should be afraid, I know then that it is time to jump ship.
  • TheBorg 2013/04/21 19:19:52 (edited)
    Hell no, no change here.
    I still have Ochlophobia.
    change ochlophobia
    change ochlophobia
  • Matches 2013/04/21 14:25:32
    My paranoia is not that bad....
  • Shifting Piece 2013/04/21 13:26:32
    Shifting Piece
    There is no way to defend yourself from everything. You just gotta live.
  • Johann 2013/04/21 07:34:28
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    I still plan on going if I am not housed up in employment until then. About time I got back into marching like this one time in Washington DC protesting the Iraq War with many other participants and getting a little cultured thanks to my mother who unfortunately does not like standing up for something. Was probably a few local suburbanite teenagers who joined in on that day in the spring of 2006 on the Mall and around White House.
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