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Thread: Backpacks, just say no?

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    Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    This Boston bombing could not have taken place if people were not allowed to carry backpacks to events like this. Why does anyone really need a backpack anyway? IMO it would not be asking to much to leave your backpack home. The only time I ever wear one is you know, when I'm going backpacking.

    "You have people that have their backpacks with them, a runner may have a hydration pack on them, another person may be coming to watch the race and they may have a backpack," Penza said. "You see them so much, you stop thinking that any of those bags might have explosives."

    Marathon Security Practices Scrutinized in Wake of Boston Marathon Explosions - ABC News
    Concentrating on tactics is a losing proposition. Ban backpacks and they'll simply find another method.
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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    Well up until April 15, 2013, someone could have walked down the street with a pressure cooker and nobody's first or tenth thought would "Potential bomb". Ban backpacks, they will use briefcases, suitcases, whatever.
    That date was determined by someone?

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius46 View Post
    Concentrating on tactics is a losing proposition. Ban backpacks and they'll simply find another method.
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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Why does anyone really need a backpack anyway? IMO it would not be asking to much to leave your backpack home.
    Utterly absurd suggestion.

    Backpacks have far greater use than just for hiking.
    They are made for carrying things.
    Whether that be to a sporting event or to take a persons shopping home, or shoes and clothing to work, they serve a far greater purpose than for just hiking.


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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    there's way to do so.
    Go Vols

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by Serenity View Post
    No they should not. What's next, shopping bags? Baby strollers. Handbags?
    Clothes. Hard to hide things if everyone is naked.
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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    This Boston bombing could not have taken place if people were not allowed to carry backpacks to events like this. Why does anyone really need a backpack anyway? IMO it would not be asking to much to leave your backpack home. The only time I ever wear one is you know, when I'm going backpacking.

    "You have people that have their backpacks with them, a runner may have a hydration pack on them, another person may be coming to watch the race and they may have a backpack," Penza said. "You see them so much, you stop thinking that any of those bags might have explosives."

    Marathon Security Practices Scrutinized in Wake of Boston Marathon Explosions - ABC News
    Nobody was carrying the backpacks in question when the bombs exploded. So I guess we can rule out that it wasn't a suicide bomber or a backwoods backpacker from Idaho. Btw, aren't suicide attacks one of Al-Qaeda's trademarks? If so, then it probably wasn't Al Qaeda.

    Anyway, the news has been reporting that one of the backpacks sat there in plain view for over an hour before it went off (see photo).



    However, that backpack doesn't look very black like the one they're now showing torn to pieces.....



    Was the news jumping to conclusions.....again? Kinda looks like it.

    The fact that no one noticed unattended backpack(s) suggests that Sen. Mitch McConnell was right, American's have become complacent.

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    I have a better idea.... How about the American Public get our heads out of our asses and start paying some attention to what's going on around us? I don't know about anywhere else, but here in Massachusetts the state has been promoting a program for people to speak up when they see something out of the ordinary. Bags left unattended are on that list. In a crowd like that it's more difficult to recognize these things sometimes, but we as citizens need to start getting involved in our own safety. If something looks out of place, tell somebody about it. Don't assume that "It's nothing".

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    I have a better idea.... How about the American Public get our heads out of our asses and start paying some attention to what's going on around us? I don't know about anywhere else, but here in Massachusetts the state has been promoting a program for people to speak up when they see something out of the ordinary. Bags left unattended are on that list. In a crowd like that it's more difficult to recognize these things sometimes, but we as citizens need to start getting involved in our own safety. If something looks out of place, tell somebody about it. Don't assume that "It's nothing".
    This is the correct reaction. Banning things never helps anything. We should go on with our lives normally and not allow the terrorists to change our lives with their tactics. But we should be more vigilant and report suspicious items and activities. You can't stop crimes by banning things.

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Oh I get it...kid shoots and kills other kids with assault (style) weapon, and "we" want to ban assault (style) weapons..

    Backpacks (maybe) used to transport explosives....lets ban backpacks...

    I see what you're doing there.....

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