including the ATF, DEA, recruiting offices for the marines, and the Army ( Michel & Herbeck, 2015). Once the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building had been selected, April 19 th , 1995 was chosen as the day of the bombing. McVeigh and Nichols would go on to acquire bombing materials including ammonium nitrate, Tovex, diesel, and Nitromethane. The combined weight of the bomb was at least 3000 kilograms and was packed in 16-gallon drums ( Michel, & Herbeck, 2015). A storage facility was soon rented. It is here that the bomb was finally built. To avoid detection, McVeigh and Nichols conducted tests in the desert. A few days to the bombing, McVeigh rented a motel room, a truck in which he would carry the bomb as well as a getaway car. On the 17 th of April, McVeigh and Nichols loaded the prepared bomb materials. The barrels that made the bomb consisted of nitromethane, ammonium nitrate and gallons of diesel fuel. The Degree to which the Attack Achieved its Object McVeigh was of the opinion that the bombing achieved its set objective. For example, he cites that a statement by former President Bill Clinton in 2000 indicated that the decision to storm the Branch Davidian compound was regrettable and a mistake ( Sloan, 2016). Indeed, President Clinton was cited as claiming that mistakes were prevalent prior to the occurrence of this incident and a disparate approach would have been prudent ( Sloan, 2016). According to
THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING 5 McVeigh, the Montana Freemen standoff was handled differently as a consequence of his actions in 1995. The government may have compensated Randy Weaver and those affected by the Ruby Ridge incidence as a consequence of McVeigh’s actions. Legislative and Security Changes Made to Prevent Similar Attacks Several pieces of legislations were enacted in the wake of the bombing. The Effective Death Penalty Act, the Victim Allocution Act, and the Antiterrorism Act are some of the legislations that were produced in response to the Oklahoma City bombings ( Penuel & Statler, 2011). Experts have suggested that Congress should enact legislations that necessitate persons purchasing huge quantities of Ammonium Nitrate fertilizers to produce some form of identification and sellers of such products to have valuable records indicating the sale of Ammonium Nitrate fertilizers.
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