The Boston Marathon is a rite of spring in New England, one of the great festive days of the year. Many's the time we've gone up early for the Red Sox game and then walked over to Kenmore Square to watch the runners scoot or struggle past. The city is jammed with millions of happy people.
That someone would wreak death on this event stretches the bounds of sick behavior — yet again.
Witnesses inside the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel heard booms that sounded like thunder near the finish line. Crying, bleeding people fled the scene while emergency crews tended to victims. There was blood on the ground near the finish line.
At this writing, two people are dead and more than 70 injured — including some with lost limbs — after at least two bombs went off near the finish line. The Associated Press quoted intelligence officials as saying two unexploded devices also were found. The ordnance suggests a possible terrorist attack. Who would do such a thing — and why — is still a mystery.
We don't know if the perpetrators are foreign or domestic, but it is nonetheless hard not to think this country does need a higher level of mental health screening. Just four months after the massacre of 20 children and six educators at a school in our state, it is sad and frustrating to see another senseless attack in a neighboring state, at an event that draws countless Connecticut runners and spectators.
Now is the time to get engaged, as the people for whom Patriots Day is named did, and focus on security, on community and on individual freedom. Enough.