Friday, April 19, 2013

Family...

By now, most people have heard about the manhunt on in Boston and the surrounding community for the second of the two suspects in the Marathon bombing. Stories are conflicting, but it appears one of the suspects is dead and the other is on the run and is suspected to be in one of the communities surrounding Boston.

I have family in these communities.

My sister lives in one of the cities that's on lockdown. My wife's youngest sister and her family live in another - her husband's business is located literally across the street from the apartment complex where the suspects lived. My wife talked to her sister earlier this morning and they're all okay (her sister did say she wished I was there...), and I've been in touch with my sister, so I know everyone is okay.

For now.

There is a police presence that can only be described as massive in the manhunt for this last suspect. This is both good and bad; good because it's more likely that he'll be caught quickly; bad because there is no telling what he might do as a "last stand". Now, reports are that he drove over his own brother's dying body to get away from the cops - that could be panic, or it could be a last-ditch plan.

All I know is, I'll feel a helluva lot better once this guy is caught/room temperature.

I struggle with writing this, because these are my family members here. I love my brother and sister in law dearly; they're smart, caring people who are nothing short of brilliant. They have two wonderful kids that are growing up with two loving parents and an endless world ahead of them. And the plan in case of a dangerous terrorist loose in their neighborhood is call the police and wait. That makes me sad on many levels. We're humans. We use tools. We shouldn't have to curl into a ball and play possum.

Meanwhile, I'll just keep praying that everyone is safe...

That is all.

19 comments:

threecollie said...

Wow, prayers for you and yours. We have dear friends in the area and fellows our son works with...

Unistat said...

Praying for your family and that this barbarian is caught quickly and without incident.

Shane W said...

Thoughts and prayers for your family and everyone up their.

DocRambo said...

Would be nice to know that each household had a nice AR-15 with 30 round mags to use against any intrusions! Might be a good opportunity to stress the right of self defense with the less than wise Mass. attitude of "Call the cops/run away!"

TXGunGeek said...

Praying for your families safety. Hang in there.

LC Scotty said...

Thankfully these fucknuts didn't kill any cops, or else they'd be shooting anything that moves.

Stretch said...

I'm all for "room temperature."

Jay G said...

LC Scotty,

They killed an MIT police officer. I'm not sure if MIT's campus police are sworn officers or security guards, but there is one death.

Thanks for the prayers everyone. I'll take all I can get.

I will be politely and respectfully offering to my various family members and friends to take them to the range should they desire.

Hide and pray is no way to live.

Dave H said...

On the one hand I'd kind of like to know what they were thinking, but a live catch doesn't mean we'd get any answers. I'll just be satisfied to get him off the street.

eiaftinfo said...

Does it bother anyone else but me that as more and more police are withwrawn from other communities and poured into Watertwon and the surrounding areas that other areas are getting softer and softer and softer??

A common tactic since my days in Vietnam were for the bad guys to attack and area and draw forces there either into a trap or to create more weak spots elsewhere . . .

A I paranoid??? You better damn betcha!! Head in the game folks, head in the game . . .

LC Scotty said...

I missed that detail. Prayers for the fallen.

Glenn B said...

No one need wonder what these terrorists were thinking, they are (were) both Muslims. Their religious beliefs should be more than enough indication of why they did it.

As for the thing about police shooting at anything, give them some credit. Two officers have been shot, one wounded critically and the other fatally. No bystanders have been injured by police so far. I would recommend staying indoors if you live in the area. If somehow you wind up confronted by the police who say "Police, don't move" then become a rock and do it immediately. They will, understandably, be on the nervous side.

All the best,
Glenn B

Glenn B said...

How could I have forgotten: Jay- stay safe. I am hoping your family, friends and loved ones will be likewise.

Jacqueline said...

Thinking of your family.

Stay safe

Daniel in Brookline said...

Hang tight, Jay. My prayers are with you and your family too.

eiafinfo: speaking for myself, I'm not worried about "softened targets" around Watertown. My gut tells me that these boys may have had outside support for the marathon bombing, but since then they've been on their own. (They knew that the entire FBI was looking for them, so they remained inconspicuous by... knocking over a Seven-Eleven and shooting a cop?!??? That's not organization and professionalism; that's two panicked boys working alone.)

Keep the faith, folks.

agirlandhergun said...

Good grief!!Praying for them and for you!!!

Anonymous said...

We've raised the prayer flag down here.

LittleRed1

Glenn B said...

Suspect is down, Fox News reporting a about 1912 hours. Reported suspect is down in Watertown, MA, apparently was hiding in a previously searched boat on trailer in backyard but the owner later saw the boat's door ajar and found blood on scene. She called police, who returned, shots fired (20-30 as per reporter in area) and police source tells Fox News, suspect is down. Sending in robot to check on his condition and who can blame them!.

All the best,
Glenn B

dustydog said...

The ammo squeeze should be letting up soon; DHS just cancelled several orders for ammo, to retask the money toward the purchase of two billion pressure cookers.