I live and work in the Boston area. I 100% agree with you that the response got way out of hand, OP.
It's scary to read some of these posts on this board. Who are these people? You all sound like a group of batshit hysterical crones. You're all sitting here trying to shout down the only person on this thread who actually has a reasonable point of view.
Your demand that EVERYONE give up their ordinary, basic rights to the authorities, on demand of said authorities, at the sole discretion of the authorities, for a length of time to be determined by said authorities, under even the slightest of circumstances and without any REVIEW whatsoever is truly a thing to behold. I want to call you pathetic -- but I will refrain from doing that since I know that emotions are still running high after this week.
I would like to address point-blank those of you who are trying to shut down discussion by questioning whether those of us who disagree with you actually "care" about the victims. Several of you attempted to cow me into compliance using this tactic on a thread that I started yesterday. Yes, I care about the victims. Yes, I feel sympathy for the dead and wish they had not died. Nobody deserves to be killed when they are going about their ordinary, daily lives.
But guess what? I have much more sympathy for the living, and those who have to deal with the aftermath, than I do those who are dead and gone.
And frankly, to walk to that last point to its natural conclusion and get the question out of the way: if it comes down to a choice between ME and MY freedom to move about the city as I wish, versus some hollow gesture of solidarity in response to a minor bombing and police standoff -- then I choose ME, MYSELF, and I every single time. I choose myself over you, I chose myself over your children, and I choose myself and my rights even over the dead 8-year old boy.
Of course, it's totally a false choice that's been presented, but how would an emotional vampire ever know that? I suspect they will wise up now that they have completely bled that manipulative tactic dry.
OP: Questions are already being asked about whether things got out of hand. I suggest we revisit this topic in two weeks -- I'm willing to bet that the consensus view will soon conform closely to yours.