Tear gas grenades generate smoke by burning. They start fires. The Federal
agents fired these fire starters into a building full of children with no fire
fighting equipment. They used armored vehicles to crash holes into the walls.
They surrounded the buildings with men with automatic weapons. Would you trust
them not to shoot you if you tried to walk out? The Federal agents
in the Waco attack acted like godless barbarians rather than public servants.
The FBI need training in Judeo-Christian values.
@Flying Finn:There are those of us who remember and are horrified by
both Ruby Ridge and Waco. That both started as non-violent, minor violations of
gun laws is what gives many of us pause when gun haters claim "nobody wants
to take your guns, we just want 'reasonable' regulations."That both the Weavers and the Davidians were targeted for unpopular,
strange, or minority religious or social beliefs is also very troubling in
modern USA.@Thid Barker:Minor correction, Randy Weaver
did not purchase a sawed off shotgun, but was entrapped into making one by
federal agents who offered him an excessive amount of money to saw a barrel off
about one inch shorter than federal law permits. The agents knew of
Weaver's destitute financial situation and entrapped him.Randy
Weaver was eventually acquitted of all charges except a peaceful, failure to
appear in court. He and his family received $3.1 million dollars from the
federal government (ie US Taxpayers) for the wrongful killing of his wife and
son.Ruby Ridge and Waco are stains on the reputation of the US
federal government and its law enforcement agencies.Conservatives
and liberal civil libertarians must always remember.
Half of the victims were children. The same children the Govt. was supposedly
trying to rescue.
Not only Waco but then there was Ruby Ridge where Vicki Weaver was shot in the
head while holding her baby in her arms by an FBI agent! The FBI also murdered
her young son. What happened to the FBI? NOTHING! Janet Reno, Attorney General
under Bill Clinton ordered it and nothing happened to her either! All because
Randy Weaver had purchased a sawed off shotgun! Do you trust your government?
NoNamesAccepted - St. George, UTYou got it exactly right!! They
could have arrested David Koresh anytime they wanted when he was in town.Nobody remembers Lon Horiuchi, the FBI sniper who shot and killed an
unarmed pregnant mother at Ruby Ridge in 1992.Same story ..... just
different time and place.
The Waco standoff did not begin when Branch Davidians barricaded themselves
inside their home. It became when 50+ BATFE agents, dressed in full combat gear
stormed the home in a needlessly, high visibility move to prove the agencies
worth shortly before budget hearings.The Davidians had been peaceful
prior to that time. The local sheriff had visited often, even enforcing custody
orders to remove children from single mothers living there and returning them to
their fathers. There had never been any violence or resistance to law
enforcement.The ostensible reason for the BATFE to get their search
warrant was claims that David Koresh had unregistered machine guns. This is a
"failure to pay taxes" crime. Claims of child sex abuse were never
substantiated and were included to turn the public against the group
emotionally.The real lesson from Waco should be: "Don't
mount a military style raid when all evidence suggests the local sheriff can get
what is needed by knocking on the door and politely asking for it." Doubly
so when lots of innocent people are involved.Koresh regularly
visited town alone and should have been arrested there rather using a military