I agree wholeheartedly!
But there is a ray of hope...let me backtrack a bit:
It was a Civilian who noticed a ripped tarp on his boat and called 911, resulting in the capture of the suspect. One COULD argue that if the Civilians had not been confined to their homes, the detection of the suspect might have been HOURS earlier.
It was a Civilian who filmed the video of the firefight immediately preceding the capture. The Media are now showing these videos over and over.
It was a Civilian who videoed the firefight and explosions the night before.
It was a Civilian who alerted the authorities that his SUV had been hijacked.
It was a Civilian who sent the photo that alerted the FBI to the identity of the terrorists.
It was a Civilian who detained the first “person of interest”.
Many Civilians participated in the triage and rescue of the initial bomb victims.
Even though Boston is a very “liberal” city (I KNOW, I am FROM there), the Civilians the way Americans DO. This confirms to an earlier pattern of Civilian courage and self-reliance since 9/11, the shoe bomber, the Underwear Bomber, The Times Square Bomb attempt, and others.
Thge LEO’s involved in Boston showed great skill, courage , and restraint, and lost one of their own. But The cooperation and courage of Civilians was essential to the solving of this case.
But if the NRA had not blocked the ability of LEO to trace the origin of gunpowder, then LEO would have quickly arrested the perp without the help of civilians. /sarcasm