Seven years ago, on another Patriots’ Day, after the Boston Marathon, I was in Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall with the late famed historian Howard Zinn. The night was cold and rainy. It was April 16, 2007. News was coming in about a massacre in Blacksburg, Va., on the campus of Virginia Tech. Thirty-two people were killed that day, plus the shooter, who took his own life. This week, as the final mile, mile 26, of the Boston Marathon was dedicated to the 26 people killed in Newtown, Conn., even the most basic compromise element of gun-control legislation, a watered-down amendment on background checks, has failed in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
The first blast in Boston occurred behind a line of fluttering flags from around the world, reflecting the international stature of the oldest annual marathon in the country—flags that reminded me once again of the words of Howard Zinn: “There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”
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