Peace and safety are fragile things in most democracies and we have been very lucky during our short history. We know that while this is a tragedy, it does us no service to jump to conclusions, persecute, or hastily revoke freedoms for the sake of safety. For safety, be it real or imagined, is fleeting. Instead, we must revel in our freedom and rebuff fear with the knowledge that our democracy is stronger than that.
I remember how angry I was when the Olympics were bombed in Atlanta for one single reason: we have a tendency to react, not in ways that express our freedom, but in ways that show our fear and make us withdraw from that which makes this country both strong and unique. Let's not go there. Let's not live in fear, but instead continue to live our lives and embrace what we have.