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Items are attached to a fence at a makeshift memorial for victims near the site of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 20, 2013. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Letter to the Editor
Saturday, April 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Boston Marathon bombings have rightly awakened throngs of dozing social critics. However, I grit my teeth whenever someone grumbles a cliché like “nowadays, people are more violent.”

Literature exists explaining why humankind is considerably less violent today than at any point in history. Evolution dictates that humankind strive toward a peaceful existence. Survival of the fittest is a voided concept if nobody survives. However, as humankind evolves, technology advances in kind. Weapons become more destructive.

Although the world's population of rabble-rousers shrinks and becomes better contained, those remaining possess greater potential to wreak more widespread and devastating havoc. Imagine the consequences if Emperor Caligula, and only he, had commanded squadrons of F-16 fighter jets. What if Genghis Khan had controlled ballistic missiles tipped with chemical weapons? Outfit Hitler with a vast fleet of nuclear submarines and most of civilization would've been rubble and soot before Uncle Sam wiped the crust from his eyes.

To avoid a future asteroid belt forming between Venus and Mars, modern weaponry needs to be withheld from the dwindling few with a grudge and a spastic trigger finger.

Hiccups will inevitably occur. The Boston bombings were a sad and grisly hiccup.

It's not that “nowadays, people are more violent”; rather, the violent possess more firepower.

Matt Bower


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