Catherine Weiss | Staff Writer

A home is a place where people feel the most secure, especially when the world can be a very scary place with very scary people. When security is questioned, we must ask ourselves what kind of home we are really making for ourselves.

I was in Mr. Wendel’s 8th grade English class when the intercom grumbled that all teachers were to turn on their TVs to Channel 3. I later realized that I had been in the World Trade Center a mere three months prior but the scene burned into my memory was graphic and raw, enough to spark a war.

The conflict that started nearly a decade ago is still raging today, but with what results? I was just a sophomore when a school I’ve only heard of from brochures, Virginia Tech, faced the very real fact that fear of terrorism is no longer a feeling exclusive to those overseas, but can hit us in a place we consider to be safe.

32 people died on Apr. 16, 2007; deaths that could be considered in vain if Americans don’t realize we are not safe in our manifest destiny mind-set with the idea we’re isolated from everyone else.

Americans raised an air of caution, but it seems time has made us forget.

Now we don’t have to look much farther than our own communities to realize another act of hit-home terrorism.

Fresh into the beginning of 2011, a Tucson, Ariz. shooting echoed through news media touting terrorism had finally jumped the pond and hit home.

With six people dead and multiple injuries, the gunfire which took place on Jan. 8 of this year resounds, cascading fear through Americans everywhere, but we always think never here, never in boring Clarksville.

It’s the same feeling Virgina Tech students probably felt after the Kent State shootings, and with recent events that put APSU students in perceived danger, we must seriously consider the fact that no matter what war we wage on terrorism overseas, we have a very real war on terrorism at home.

I don’t know what the future holds for Americans everywhere, but I know that I will remain cautious and vigilant. My mindset is here in Clarksville and not overseas in a place where I’ll never be.
In the words of former President James Madison, “If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” TAS