If you go to Walmart or Target, you will find barriers placed quietly out into the front of the store. I noticed the Target in Methuen made a special effort to make them light and decorative.
But don’t be mistaken they have a serious purpose.
Many people forget that one of the recurring problems when terrorism was first brought home to us in America was the use of truck bombs. Now, today; it is a common occurrence to see Jersey barriers and concrete pillars in front of government buildings and now many establishments that gather a crowd do the same.
We may not have terrorists here in Newburyport but the affect is identical. A misjudged foot stomp, a momentary confusion, a lapse of judgment or a fatal heart attack, the result is the same: a car veering into a living room or a storefront or in the case of this latest incident, an art gallery.
We regionally have been very lucky – only inanimate objects have been destroyed. We may not be so lucky in the future.
What we need, and especially in that long thin stretch between the Custom House and the Coast Guard Station, are historically appropriate granite pillars put up near the stores and entrance ways. Some were put up recently at the new handicap ramps at the corner of State and Pleasant. Similar types propagated along that dangerous stretch could help save lives.
I just hope someone from the DPS reads this and takes heart or perhaps a reader can take heart and notify them.
There WILL be a next time.