"WASHINGTON — Days after a huge bomb killed 168 people in Oklahoma City in April 1995, Merrick B. Garland was on the ground even as bodies were still being recovered, examining the crime scene and preparing for an eventual prosecution.
'It’s pretty somber when you’re looking at a desk with a jacket on the chair and a bottle of Coke, and a foot and a half away there is no floor — it’s just open air,' said Donna A. Bucella, a former colleague who went with Mr. Garland to survey the devastation.
Now a federal appeals court judge and a potential Supreme Court nominee, Judge Garland was then the highest-ranking Justice Department official dispatched to Oklahoma City in the aftermath of the bombing. He spent the ensuing weeks helping to start the case, and later supervised the prosecutors from department headquarters."
Published: April 27, 2010
" McVeigh explained his philosophy during a conversation with a student reporter at the 1993 federal siege in Waco:
"The government is afraid of the guns people have because they have to have control of the people at all times. Once you take away the guns, you can do anything to the people. You give them an inch and they take a mile. I believe we are slowly turning into a socialist government. The government is continually growing bigger and more powerful and the people need to prepare to defend themselves against government control."
In the immediate wake of the bombing, National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre appeared on Meet the Press with Tim Russert to defend his own use of such insurrectionist rhetoric...
As I got a little older and approached the teen years, I saw a lot of guns. They weren't necessarily carried by people who were law-abiding citizens, either and I remember seeing people lying on the ground with bullet holes waiting to die. I remember both of my older cousins who we lived with were killed and I remember the drug dealers, many of whom we liked because they brought us candy. I remember the days when they would be killed and there was a lot of carnage that I saw. And then as a surgeon, I spent many a night operating on people with gunshot wounds to their heads; and all of that is horrible. But I can tell you something. It is not nearly as horrible as having a population that is defenseless against a group of tyrants who have arms and that's what we have to always bear in mind in this nation.
A massive banner hung in the ballroom where (BEN) Carson spoke. It read, 'IF THEY CAN BAN ONE, THEY CAN BAN THEM ALL. It showed a picture of the armor-piercing "green-tip" ammunition that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) had recently proposed banning in order to protect law enforcement officers. I was reminded of a conversation that Unibomber Ted Kaczynski reported having with McVeigh in prison:
I said, "So what would I need armor-piercing ammunition for?" In reply, McVeigh indicated I might someday want to shoot at a tank.
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