Maggie Emily says reacting to terrorism is a fine line
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
As people across the country try to wrap their heads around who could be responsible for such a tragedy, some in South Georgia are reminded of other horrible events. They're confident that as we learn more about what happened, we'll also grow stronger and unite.
Chuck Knight, the director of the Albany Walk Run club, has run his share of marathons and is thinking about the tragedy in Boston. "The sad part is, what really hit me is if I had been running that it would not have been me affected, it would have been my family. And I think that's where most of the tragedy came, was not with the runners, but the spectators."
From the 1996 bombing at the Olympics to the 9/11 attacks, Americans have endured tragedies brought on by terrorism. And Knight believes this too will impact our country. "I think it probably will. 9/11 obviously changed a lot of things. I think this is going to cause people to start taking a closer looks at big events like this."
Maggie Emily, who lives in Albany, says reacting to terrorism is a fine line. "In one way, I hope we beef up security, but we don't want to see some of our fun events become almost closed to the public for safety reasons. It's a tough call, I'm glad I'm definitely not the -person that has to make that decision or that call."
But she doesn't believe this tragedy will hurt the morale of America. "We are a very strong and unique people. I'm not an American exceptionalist or anything, but I do think we're a special breed of people. So I don't see it dampening our spirit. If anything it could be a great tragedy turned into triumph for us. And we're great at that."
"I think people will be a little frightened, understandably. But people will rally. People rallied after 9/11."
And Knight has already heard of random acts of kindness in Boston. "You find just like my friend who was running, she was at mile 25 and stopped and of course she was sweaty, it was cold, and this fellow came up out of nowhere, gave her his jacket and stayed with her til her friends came around."
Knight says stories like these will help everyone unite.