Running head: OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING1Oklahoma City BombingReagan M. RushingArkansas State University
OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING2AbstractThe Oklahoma City Bombing was a domestic terrorist attack on the Alfred P. Murrah building in downtown Oklahoma City. The bombing took place on April 19, 1995 at around 9:00 am. The mastermind behind the bombing was Timothy McVeigh and his partner was Terry Nichols. Growing up, McVeigh was interested in guns when he did target practice with his grandfather, and in 1988, he enlisted in the army and earned a Bronze Star for bravery in the Persian Gulf War. Keywords:Oklahoma City Bombing, Timothy McVeighThe Oklahoma City Bombing was a devastating attack on so many innocent people. On April 19, 1995, the bomb exploded in front of the Alfred. P. Murrah building. This attack was
OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING3fabricated by Timothy McVeigh and his partner, Terry Nichols. McVeigh and Nichols put together a homemade bomb that they put inside a rental truck. This explosion massively damaged the Alfred P. Murrah building, and led to the deaths of 168 people, 19 of which were children. This bomb also left 500+ people injured. At that point in history, the Oklahoma City Bombing was known as the biggest terrorist attack in United States history. SignificanceThe Oklahoma City Bombing holds a very significant place in my life. The reason that it is significant to me was because I could have lost my dad that day. My dad was about 5 miles away from where the bomb detonated, and he felt the shaking. If my dad would have been any closer to the Alfred P. Murrah building, he could have lost his life. This bombing also holds a lotof significance in the lives of Americans. Because this was the biggest terrorist attack in the United States at that time, many people were shocked and confused that something like this could happen. This made people wonder if something like this would ever happen again. This also set in place many security procedures that are seen today. The real significance of this attack is that it opened the doors to the idea of terrorism in the United States. This is a good thing because before this event took place, nothing this big and bad had ever happened to this extent on American soil. This paved the way for research methods about terrorism and security mesaures that are still in place today.