Oklahoma City Bombing: Timothy McVeigh Essay

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The Oklahoma City Bombing was a domestic terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April 19, 1995. It was lead by Timothy McVeigh, an Army veteran of the Persian Gulf War. The explosive was a homemade bomb which was built by McVeigh and the help of Terry Nichols; the bomb consisted of a deadly cocktail and was put inside a rented Ryder truck in front of the Murrah Federal Building . McVeigh then proceeded out of the truck and headed towards his getaway car a few blocks away. He then started the detonation of the timed bomb at exactly 9:02 A.M. then the bomb exploded. To the people of Oklahoma it was a traumatizing moment for all, many lost families, dozens of cars were incinerated and more…show more content…
There were many factors that led Timothy McVeigh into blasting the Murrah Federal Building . One of the factors were that he had motivation that led up to the bombing. Terry Nichols, Michael Fortier all had interests in survivalism during basic training for the U.S. Army. They all showed anger towards how the government handled situations. In the summer of 1992, Randy Weaver was charged with selling illegal sawed-off shotguns by the FBI. When the FBI’s came, there was a standoff which killed Weaver, his wife, and his son. This made McVeigh's and the others mad. Their anger against the government quickly escalated when the government handled the Waco siege--a group of Branch Davidian members “were suspected of weapons violations and a search and arrest warrant was obtained by the U.S. federal agency Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).” (serendipity.com) This later failed and the ATF was reinforced by the FBI which began a 51 day standoff between the FBI and ATF against the Davidians killing dozens of Davidians, including children. McVeigh visited the standoff and later decided to bomb the Murrah Federal Building as a response to the raids and his anger towards the government.
McVeigh's original plan was to attack the Murrah Federal Building but he later decided that his message against the government would be better if many people were killed in the bombing. He chose this specific target because of the federal law-enforcement agencies that were
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