Monday, June 12, 2006

Waco revisited
When a Waco gun dealer from whom David Koresh – the group’s leader – and some Davidians had purchased firearms called Koresh during a visit by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) agents, Koresh invited the agents to inspect the Davidian compound at Mt. Carmel, hardly the act of someone with something to hide. Instead of accepting his offer, the agent-in-charge chastised the gun dealer for communicating with Koresh!

The reason for the raid was not suspicion that the Branch Davidians possessed weapons illegally, as the government and
National Geographic portrayed, but to shore up support for the BATF at budget time because of negative publicity over sexual harassment, and heavy handed treatment of gun dealers and owners for minor, mostly paperwork, infractions. The agency was also looking for favor from an administration dedicated to gun control.

It is interesting to note that since Hurricane Katrina, there has been no criticism of survivalists.
Interesting pose by the government: burn people to death to show how opposed to violence you are.

From LRC.

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