A crowd of Carson City residents gathered at the east end of Mills Park Wednesday to solemnly commemorate the horrific tragedy of 9-11 2001 when Islamic terrorists crashed three airliners into buildings in New York City as well as Washington DC. In a solemn ceremony re-visiting the unthinkable actually happening, Mayor Bob Crowell, Sheriff Ken Furlong and Fire Chief Sean Slamon each reviewed the shock, anguish and sorrow the country has gone through in dealing with the mindless and vengeful motives of several terrorists who commandeered and then flew jetliners into the World Trade Center twin towers and into the side of the Pentagon. A fourth hijacker was said to be piloting a fourth airliner aiming to crash it into the White House but passengers likely caused a melee in the cockpit that caused the plane to crash into an empty field far short of the nation’s capital.
Sheriff Ken Furlong said the country still mourns the loss of so many lives, including first responders at the crash sites. Sheriff Furlong outlined a paradigm shift among all first responder agencies – not only how to interrupt terrorist attacks, but launch better intelligence gathering and general awareness among the American people that makes them pay closer attention to what’s going on in their communities.
Fire Chief Sean Slamon commented that America’s fire-rescue services are sharper and more aware of the many ways even homegrown terrorists can harm or kill using arson or high powered weapons. Firefighters and their ambulances are always required to be at or near the center of such deadly incidents.
Mayor Bob Crowell also lamented the country’s struggle to fight gun violence as it explodes seemingly more and more often across the nation. Mayor Crowell reminded everyone of the 2011 shooter attack in Carson City at the iHop on South Carson Street, proving that mass shootings are ever-so with us and demands that we find ways to strip this ballistic menace from our country.
Several ministers from local churches reminded everyone that violence is usually caused by people who are desperately in need of understanding, love and support – not guns – and that we must find ways to reach out to them, whether they’re on the street or already behind bars. It’s a fact that there are more guns in this country than there are people. And therein lies the challenge.