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    Re: Should the government be allowed to put a city on lockdown to catch a few crimina

    Under normal circumstances, no. However, this case involves some one who has used explosives, may have more explosives, and is probably mentally unstable. In that case, a "lockdown" might very well be the best action to limit potential casualties. How effective it might be, that I cannot say.
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    Re: Should the government be allowed to put a city on lockdown to catch a few crimina

    I say no. A warning to the public would suffice, then I can weight the dangers for myself and make my own decision to go out or not.

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    Re: Should the government be allowed to put a city on lockdown to catch a few crimina

    If they want to shut down a few blocks around the area that they have reasonable suspicion to believe is harboring violent criminals, sure, that's nothing new. That's a genuine safety issue. Shutting down an entire city, unless the criminals have a jetpack and can traverse the whole city in a few minutes, no, that's not reasonable.

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    Re: Should the government be allowed to put a city on lockdown to catch a few crimina

    Given the situation and the danger involved, then yes it is okay in these rare circumstances.
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    Re: Should the government be allowed to put a city on lockdown to catch a few crimina

    The better people cooperate and let police get this guy, the sooner Boston can get back to life as normal.
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    Re: Should the government be allowed to put a city on lockdown to catch a few crimina

    No, nor do I think the military should be employed and seriously doubt that federal law enforcement should either. Militarizing the police at a federal level and converting the military to a domestic police force would have been unthinkable to Americans in the past. However, the laziness and profit motives of mass media has created routine mass panic has made massive federal power of the citizenry possible.

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    Re: Should the government be allowed to put a city on lockdown to catch a few crimina

    I say no. In fact, it's dangerous precedent. 2 guys shut down Boston. The last thing you want to show to the world is that a mere handful of individuals is all it takes to shut down you major cities.
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    Re: Should the government be allowed to put a city on lockdown to catch a few crimina

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    I don't mean to sound cold and heartless, but... How many people die in Boston from car accidents per day? Smoking? Drinking? I'm guessing a few. Locking down a city because a terrorist will try to kill people seems like giving into terrorism. I think it's an overreaction.

    Shutting down millions of dollars in business because a couple people might get killed? If we did that for every minor risk, no one would ever leave home.
    you consider a cold blooded killer with a penchent for using explosive devices, probably is armed to the teeth, roaming the streets of a major city a minor risk?

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    Re: Should the government be allowed to put a city on lockdown to catch a few crimina

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    you consider a cold blooded killer with a penchent for using explosive devices, probably is armed to the teeth, roaming the streets of a major city a minor risk?
    Statistically speaking.
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    Re: Should the government be allowed to put a city on lockdown to catch a few crimina

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    you consider a cold blooded killer with a penchent for using explosive devices, probably is armed to the teeth, roaming the streets of a major city a minor risk?
    Yes. The odds of being killed that day in a vehicle accident far exceed the likelihood of encountering the terrorist unprepared.

    Shall we compare causes of death in Boston and re-assess the need to halt millions of dollars in business? Please, don't give me the "if it saves one life" routine.

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