Former Boston Mayor: Politicians Must Protect People From Our ‘Intolerant’ And ‘Violent’ Society

Former Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn told MSNBC host Chris Matthews during coverage of an interfaith service mourning the victims of Monday’s bombing of the Boston Marathon that government’s first duty is to protect its citizens from the “violent” and “intolerant” society in which we live.

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Flynn said that the interfaith service in Boston to remember the victims of Monday’s attack was performed respectfully and graciously.

“Now we move to the new dimension, and that, of course is justice for the victims and their families,” Flynn said.

“It’s been referenced here that we’re living in a very intolerant and a very violent society,” Flynn added. “What do we do to protect innocent people from this type of despicable, eh, act that took place in Boston this Monday.”

“The first and fundamental obligation of all of us in government is the protection of its citizens,” Flynn concluded.

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