neo-Nazi William Pierce. The book described a bombing of a federal building, and fueled McVeigh’s paranoia about a government plot to repeal the Second Amendment.” (Biography.com). McVeigh as it turns out is a former United States Army Soldier/ Security guard. After graduating high school McVeigh enlisted in the United States Army, while in the
OKC Bombing 4 army “McVeigh befriended fellow soldier Nichols, who was more than a dozen years his senior and shared his survivalist interests.” (History Channel). Nichols being the man that aided him in carrying out this horrific attack that was retribution for a raid on a compound in Waco, Texas that was led by United Staets federal agents. On February 28, 1993, some 80 agents from the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) raided a religious compound at Mount Carmel, near Waco, Texas, after receiving reports that the Branch Davidians and their leader, David Koresh, were violating federal firearms regulations. Just after 6 a.m. on April 19, 1993, FBI agents used two specially equipped tanks to penetrate the compound and deposit some 400 containers of gas inside. Soon after the attack ended, around 12 pm, several fires simultaneously broke out around the compound, and gunfire was heard inside. Safety concerns prevented firefighters from entering Mount Carmel immediately, and the flames spread quickly and engulfed the property. Though nine Davidians were able to escape, investigators later found 76 bodies inside the compound, including 25 children. Some of them, including Koresh, had fatal gunshot wounds, suggesting suicide or murder-suicide. The raid in Waco resulted in about 80 deaths. But in no way is this an acceptable form of retaliation. When the hunt began the FBI was able to identify Timothy based on an eyewitness description and pin McVeigh with the charges, but they where yet to apprehend him. Once FBI made a quick call to Bureau’s Criminal Justice
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