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oaklahoma city bombing

i was just a kid when this happen a teenager but i remember like it was yesterday. what i really did not follow was politics so i was just wondering. did everyone react like they are doing with the shooting in tuscon? was it blamed on everyone else? all i remember was he was he only one blamed and he was a military in his past and he had someone else helped him. i know they gave him death penality and he truelly deserves it but i don;t understand how that event is so different then the one that just happened. i mean you have to be mentally ill to shoot people or to blow up a building. so why exactly is everyone wanting to point fingers at other people and say that this and that motivated the gun man. it might of been a bad childhood. who the heck knows.

i am just trying to find out what makes this tragic event and this sicko different then timothy mcveigh. and i am sorry to speak his name and he should not be even mentioned because he is a big monster and he is burning in hell. . .
but i am just curious about what others think that were around and were more into following politics at that time.

oaklahoma city april 19, 1995. we will never forget...

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lambdarose

Asked by lambdarose at 10:02 PM on Jan. 16, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • good question...im interested in the answers. i would think that since TM attacked a federal building and not a specific govt official w/ a political party, the politics wasnt as incorporated...but i was only a kid too, so i dunno.
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 10:09 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

  • but i would think a whole federal building with children no less was more politically motivated. oh i think i remember also about that wacko from texas that is why tm bomb the building. i remember now. and the goverment attack that compound. its coming back to me now. so i do not remember anyone else being blamed but him. i hope more people respond.
    lambdarose

    Comment by lambdarose (original poster) at 10:15 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

  • I remember the media speaking of "terrorists" right after the event, and some even expressed shock when it was reveled that the perpetrator was an American.

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 10:15 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

  • yeah i remember that too. they were actually taking credit for it. but that is not a surprise at all that the terrorist would take the credit. i know it was a big shock and goes to show even blond hair blue eyes americans should not be over looked. but anyways, i think it was a different time back then but i still wonder why . i wish this gunmen would of shot himself like all the other idiots that do something like this.
    lambdarose

    Comment by lambdarose (original poster) at 10:19 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

  • Timothy McVeigh was a domestic terrorist. His well-thought out Oklahoma City bombing was politically motivated and tied to an extremist anti-government school of thought. Frighteningly, I have known a few people in my life similar to this that I won't go into details on, but they are not crazy. Extremist, disturbed, paranoid, yes--but not insane.

    The Tuscon shooter sounds like he's a schizophrenic to me.

    Terrorist does NOT equal crazy. Sometimes people are just bad.
    vicesix

    Answer by vicesix at 10:27 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

  • how does terrorist not equal crazy? do sane people do these things??? all terrorist are crazy. they are all mentally ill in one way or another. paranoia is usually related to some form of mental illness. well all i wanted to know if it was politically motivated and why everyone else is being blamed. we are trying to point fingers are people that were not even near by or things that have nothing to do with the shooter. just blame the shooter. and TM will always be crazy in my eyes.
    lambdarose

    Comment by lambdarose (original poster) at 10:32 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

  • Clinton and the left wing media tried to blame it on Rush, but it did not work back then either.

    Natesmom507

    Answer by Natesmom507 at 11:19 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

  • i agree whatever motives were behind it he is the one who pulled that trigger. he could have written angry letters or found another outlet for whatever it was that made him do it but he chose to pull the trigger instead. I remember the Okc bombing. i was in fifth grade. and lived in okc. i felt the ground shake at first we thought it was an earthquake. and when we turned on the tv it was no earthquake. my dad was a buss driver and was supposed to be taking some kids on a field trip near there. luckily he was running behind schedule. (which was rare) had he been running on time who knows what would have happened to him that day. my aunt received a broken arm from it. she got lucky for many lost their lives that day. they are all senseless act of violence. anyone knows from a young age that it is wrong to inflict harm upon another for any reason.
    sweetestkitten

    Answer by sweetestkitten at 11:22 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

  • The very early speculation on the news that day was that it was revenge for Waco, because it was the anniversary of Waco. It didn't really go beyond that, and it wasn't like it is now. It was a single comment made in passing and not brought up again or expanded upon.

    It's hard to explain if you weren't really old enough to be paying attention to news at that point - but it all had a very different tone. 24/7 news was there, but people didn't really watch it. The exception had been a few years earlier during the Gulf War, and even then, it was a strange thing that not everyone did (watching it). When the reports came on the radio and tv, they cut to the bombing, read what they knew, then cut back to regularly scheduled programming. Not interrupting All My Children was more important than cutting away for 3 hrs of speculation and talking heads. The culture of blame didn't really exist yet.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:41 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

  • Natesmom507

    Answer by Natesmom507 at 1:06 AM on Jan. 17, 2011

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