Local residents question safety after foreign attacks

26% of Americans say they feel safer today living in America than before the 9/11 attacks

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – More Americans are questioning their safety here at home in light of the growing middle east violence. But Hampshire county residents look at their own safety differently.

Some Amherst residents have an “out of sight, out of mind” outlook toward the airstrikes and murders in the Middle East, but even with this week’s U.S. airstrikes on terrorist targets in Syria, the violence still seems far from home for some in Hampshire county.

Ken Lefebvre of Amherst said, “Americans seem to be much more concerned about attacks on their own soil than those overseas, so I don’t think anyone is especially worried.”

Security breaches, such as Friday’s White House incident, where Omar Gonzalez jumped the White House fence and made his way inside the White House carrying a knife, shows that America is still vulnerable.

“It doesn’t mean it cant happen, it may happen, it probably will happen, but we cant live our lives in fear,” said Cheryl Stetler of Amherst.

The Wall Street Journal asked Americans one year after September 11th if they felt less safe than before the attacks. In that poll, 20% of Americans said that they did feel less safe. So they asked that same poll question again this year, and that number jumped to 47%.

Some in Northampton acknowledge that America is still a target. Roger Sorkin of Florence said, “Nobody should think that just because we have two oceans on both sides that we’re safe.”

Our safety, as we all learned on September 11th, 2001, is never guaranteed. In this year’s Wall Street Journal poll, 26% of Americans say they feel more safe now than before the September 11th attacks.

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