When The American Revolution began Crispus Attucks was the first to die for this new idea and country. He was and is a hero; the first to die, but not the last
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On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh drove a Ryder rental truck filled with bombs of his own creation into Oklahoma City’s Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which housed offices for (among others) HUD, ATF, USMC, DEA, and Social Security. The ensuing explosion, which reduced an entire side of the structure to rubble, was the worst act of domestic terrorism in American history, resulting in 168 dead, including 19 children who were attending daycare in the building that morning. That McVeigh perpetrated this crime, and did so by and large on his own, is not in dispute – unless, that is, you’re a right-wing conspiracy-theory loon like Infowars' Alex Jones, who's long proclaimed that it was a “false flag” attack carried out by the U.S. government. And yet what many may not know, and what Barak Goodman’s Oklahoma City argues with clarity and precision, is that McVeigh wasn’t just a murderous psycho. Instead, he was also a byproduct of a racist white-nationalist movement that, for decades, had been gaining traction in this country – and which now appears to once again be on the rise thanks to the election of President Donald J. Trump.
Nick Schager - The Daily Beast
If they can't get guns, they will make bombs. The truth is, these folks are crazy and hell bent on causing death and destruction. Nothing will stop them from trying, and God forbid, they are forced to become creative. We have all borne witness to the death and destruction a bomb can bring; it can be far greater than any firearm.
The death is real, the injury untold and the suffering is endless.
Here's a list of the top 10 deadliest bombings in our country's history:
1. April 19, 1995: A car bomb parked outside the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City kills 168 people and injures more than 500. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols are convicted. McVeigh is executed in 2001 and Nichols is sentenced to life in prison.
2. May 18, 1927: 45 people, including 38 children, are killed when a school district treasurer, Andrew Kehoe, lines the Bath Consolidated School in Michigan with hundreds of pounds of dynamite. Investigators say Kehoe, who also died in the blast, thought he would lose his farm because he couldn't pay property taxes used to build the school.
3. September 16, 1920: A bomb explodes in New York City's Wall Street area, killing 40 and injuring hundreds. Authorities conclude it was the work of "anarchists" and come up with a list of suspects, but all flee to Russia.
4. October 1, 1910: The Los Angeles Times building is dynamited during a labor dispute, killing 20 people. Two leaders of the ironworkers union plead guilty.
5. December 29, 1975: A bomb hidden in a locker explodes at the TWA terminal at New York's LaGuardia Airport, killing 11 people and injuring 75. Palestinian, Puerto Rican and Croatian groups are suspected, but no arrests are made.
6. May 4, 1886: A bomb blast during a labor rally at Chicago's Haymarket Square kills 11 people, including seven police officers, and injures more than 100. Eight "anarchists" are tried for inciting a riot. Four are hanged, one commits suicide and three win pardons after seven years in prison.
7. February 26, 1993: A bomb in a van explodes in an underground garage at the World Trade Center in New York City, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000. Five extremists are eventually convicted.
8. January 24, 1975: A bomb goes off at historic Fraunces Tavern in New York City, killing four people. It was one of 49 bombings attributed to the Puerto Rican nationalist group FALN between 1974 and 1977 in New York.
9. January 22, 1998: Theodore Kaczynski pleads guilty in California to being the Unabomber in return for a sentence of life in prison without parole. He's locked up in the federal Supermax prison in Colorado for killing three people and injuring 23 during a nationwide bombing spree between 1978 and 1995.
10. April 15, 2013: Two bombs explode in the packed streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 100.
(Source: The Associated Press)
The sad truth is Banning Firearms will not stop the killing. And banning any firearm is the path to banning them all. This is why the NRA fights so hard not to let one anti-firearm law get through. The folks who really want to take our firearms will use every shooting to justify their cry for tougher laws; laws that the true criminals just won't follow.
They say they don't want to take our firearms, our tools for self-protection, but in fact they do.
It seems they just won't learn from history; Prohibition, doesn't work. It only creates crime and turns good folks into lawbreakers. Yes, we need tougher laws. We need to be vigilant and we need to be smart.
Don't make the mistake of comparing America to any other country. America is not like any other country. We are a young country trying to find our way. Our growing pains are unique. We really are trying to live up to the promise of liberty and justice for all. And yes, we have made a mess of things. But we are Americans. Citizens. Shareholders of this great and wonderful dream; America the Beautiful.
Love her. Fight to make her better.
We could argue that the intent of the drafters of the constitution was to enable citizens to have arms capable of defending themselves against the government; but I can't imagine a civilian with nukes. We'll settle for what's already out there; right now it's not the government that is our biggest concern, it's the criminals and the crazies and sometimes, someone with a badge.
Making new laws that will deprive the law-abiding citizen of the right to protect oneself and family is indeed unconstitutional but more than that, it's just wrong. The AR 15 is not an assault rifle; it is not fully automatic like the ones used in war or by the police. But it is what a citizen will need if and when law and order break down and roving gangs are eyeing your castle as a good place to raid or when your home is invaded by two or more thugs with intent to murder, rape and vandalize. Owning a semi-automatic rifle with high capacity magazine may be the difference between life and death for you and your family. Is this what you want to take away?
Change will come. But only when we can be certain that if we give up our firearms, that we will have another tool that will protect us as good as a firearm. Until then, let's all remain vigilant; the nuts are out of the bag.
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