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Thread: Backpacks, just say no?

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Every day that I ride my motorcycle to either of my two jobs, I wear/use a backpack. I carry food, clothing, goggles, and other necessities for the day in it.

    About a ga-gillion school kids use backpacks everyday for school books and other daily needs while away from home.

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    No, I don't think so.

    I do think that any unattended backpack, package, pressure cooker, suitcase, whatever, should be scrutinized and confiscated at any large event. People should report them, give them a wide berth and stay alert.

    I don't think this danger is going away. I also think people ought to unplug their ears and be aware of their surroundings in large crowds. Or anywhere. We've got a million eyes and half of them are focused on their Smartphone screens.

    More than ever before we should have situational awareness.
    In this recent bombing everyone was fixated on the finish line waiting for their friend or loved one to cross it. Discretely setting down your backpack and walking just far enough to get away from the blast means it sits unattended for maybe one minute. Not enough time to be noticed much less reacted to.

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    Every day that I ride my motorcycle to either of my two jobs, I wear/use a backpack. I carry food, clothing, goggles, and other necessities for the day in it.

    About a ga-gillion school kids use backpacks everyday for school books and other daily needs while away from home.
    The OP is not about daily use, it specifically is about public events where there are large crowds.

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    Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by SMTA View Post
    I wouldn't be bragging about NYC.

    You all gave up all of your rights happily to Bloomie years ago.

    They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety - B. Franklin
    Who's bragging? It's a stupid idea. And I don't live in NYC anymore, I just work there - though I actually travel into the city much less frequently now that I work from home half the week.
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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    How oh how did my generation ever get along without backpacks?
    We carried our stuff in our arms, or stuffed in our pockets, and we liked it!!!

    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    After reading through this thread I am truly amazed, I figured a 50- 50 split on this thing but apparently people have become as reliant on their little backpacks as they are on their smart phones, don't leave home without it. If you can't even make one little tiny sacrifice in your spoiled little pampered me me me American life to prevent a horrible thing like this Boston massacre then maybe you will be the next one blown up and guess who won't care.

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    The OP is not about daily use, it specifically is about public events where there are large crowds.
    That's included in daily use. For many it's a matter of convenience as it frees their arms and hands, etc.

    I'm closer to you in my view of the use of backpacks, but I recognize why many people like them.
    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    As of now backpacks are the only thing big enough to carry a simple home made bomb.
    A pipe bomb will easily fit in a brief case or laptop bag or one of department store bags. You are again arguing tactics. Tactics change overnight. It a losing proposition.
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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius46 View Post
    Who's bragging? It's a stupid idea. And I don't live in NYC anymore, I just work there - though I actually travel into the city much less frequently now that I work from home half the week.
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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius46 View Post
    A pipe bomb will easily fit in a brief case or laptop bag or one of department store bags. You are again arguing tactics. Tactics change overnight. It a losing proposition.
    Sawed off shotguns are banned because they are easily concealed and can do tremendous damage. People still use pistols to create havoc but the sawed off is illegal to own. Banning backpacks from public events would at least take one weapon away from terrorist and just like the sawed off vs the pistol you at least take the bigger deadlier weapon out of the equation. The backpack ban would be very easy to enforce, they are kind of obvious.

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