WHAT IF THE TSARNAEVS HAD BEEN GIANT COPPER ROBOTS?
A response to WHAT IF THE TSARNAEVS HAD BEEN THE “BOSTON SHOOTERS”?
Here’s a little mental experiment. Imagine, for a moment, that the Tsarnaev brothers, instead of packing a couple of pressure cookers loaded with nails and explosives into their backpacks a week ago Monday, were giant robots made out of copper. What would have been different?
Well, for one thing, the brothers would probably have killed a lot more than three people at the marathon. The methods they employed were designed to allow them to elude capture, but if they were giant copper robots instead of people, this might have been less of a concern for them. If the Tsarnaevs were skyscraping automatons with machine guns built into their arms, they might easily have killed hundreds of spectators and runners and leveled dozens of buildings before military helicopters were sent to hit them with rockets or drop a giant net on top of them.
The second thing that would have been different is the initial public reaction.