Ed Crane, the founder and president emeritus of the libertarian Cato institute, told The Daily Caller that if everyone in Boston had guns, there would be no need to keep the city under lockdown.
“Since when does the government shut down half of Massachusetts (stay in your house!) to catch one 19-yr-old?” Crane emailed. “If everyone in Boston had a gun there would be no shut down. Just a dead 19-yr-old.”
The Boston Police Department have told city residents to stay in their homes Friday as authorities attempt to apprehend 19 year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is suspected of planting a bomb at the Boston Marathon on Monday. Police consider to be Tsarnaev armed and dangerous.
Dzhokhar’s brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was also a suspect in both the bombings and the murder of a MIT campus police officer Thursday night. Tamerlan was wearing a bomb vest when he was shot and killed by police early Friday morning.
The Boston area metro has been shut down. Public schools have been closed for the day, as have many of the area’s colleges and universities.