There will be a next time. Everyone knows Boston was not a one-off. Other terror cells we don't know anything about yet are living among us and they're radicalized and trained to hurt us -- and they will. America has millions of soft targets.
At least the state and local police in Boston did a great job, finding and capturing the bombers in less than four days.
But it was humiliating to watch a proud city be shut down and terrorized for more 24 hours, its people cowering and "sheltering in place" because of two punks with pistols and a couple of homemade pipe bombs.
Paul Revere and his fellow patriots would have been ashamed to see so many Americans afraid to even go outdoors.
It's doubtful, but maybe some of the die-hard liberals of Boston -- and the rest of the country -- learned a lesson from what played out so dramatically on their streets and our TVs.
Two weeks ago everyone on TV was talking or crying about the need for tougher gun control because of what happened at Newtown. Now, after Boston, everyone is talking about how we all need a gun at home to protect ourselves.