The renegade American weapon! The renegade American weapon!

The renegade American weapon!

The renegade American weapon!

The bombing that targeted the Alfred Marr Federal Building on April 19, 1995, was the deadliest before the attack by two civilian airliners on the Twin Towers in New York in September 2001.

That bloody terrorist act was carried out by Timothy McVeigh, a former soldier in the US Army who was 26 years old at the time. He participated in Operation Desert Storm in the Gulf in 1991, and for his military service there he received the Bronze Star.

McVeigh has been obsessed with carrying weapons since his childhood. He is described as an extremist and adheres to the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, which stipulates the right to bear arms, as well as rebellion if the government violates the freedoms of citizens.

Since he was unable to complete his education, he joined the US Army in 1988. He participated in the Desert Storm War, after which he failed to qualify for service in the Special Forces. He retired in late 1991 and returned to New York where he worked with two former gun buddies, Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier, at gun shows.

The former American soldier was dissatisfied with the economic conditions in his country, especially the lack of job opportunities for those who do not hold advanced degrees.

Perhaps his closed nature increased his extremism and he had ties to the far-right "Civil Militia" organization, which harbors hostility to the US federal government and sees it as practicing tyranny and restricting the constitutional freedoms of Americans. Members of this organization hold that taxes, government regulation, and any attempts to restrict the right to bear arms are manifestations of this tyranny.

Researchers believe that the former soldier crossed the point of no return following the FBI’s raid on April 19, 1993, of a farm headquarters on Mount Carmel in the city of Waco, Texas, housing members of the Davidic sect, using tanks, helicopters, and incendiary bombs, which led to the death of 82 members of the sect, burning among them. 20 children.

Ex-soldier McVeigh decided to take revenge on the US government, and bought more than two tons of ammonium nitrate, which is used as agricultural fertilizer. With the help of his former comrade-in-arms, Terry Nicholls, he created a devastating three-ton bomb, which they assembled inside a simple barn.

McVeigh rented a Ford truck and loaded it with explosive barrels. He stopped the death truck on April 19, 1995, in front of the Alfred Marr Federal Building in Oklahoma. The truck was in front of a kindergarten in a building that also housed recruiting offices for the Army and Marine Corps, Social Security Services, and offices for the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Regulatory Authority, as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration. He did so while wearing a T-shirt with the words: “This will always be the case with tyrants.” A phrase shouted by John Booth as he shot then US President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

The explosion destroyed a third of the Alfred Marr Federal Building, in addition to damaging more than 300 nearby buildings, and 86 parked cars were also destroyed. The massive explosion killed a total of 168 people, including 19 children under the age of six who were in kindergarten.

 The former American soldier was arrested only an hour and a half after the bombing. He was stopped by chance and a gun was found in his car lying in the seat next to the driver. Ironically, McVeigh was initially arrested on charges of illegal possession of a firearm.

The court convicted the former American soldier on June 2, 1997, of committing 11 murders and conspiracy. He was executed by lethal injection in an Indiana prison on June 11, 2001, while his partner, Terry Nichols, was sentenced to 161 consecutive life sentences. The dangerous thing about this terrorist act is that an American soldier used weapons against his own citizens, leaving a large toll of victims and destruction.

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