The United States And Mccarthyism

2099 WordsNov 14, 20149 Pages
He was amicable; loved by his friends and family. He was raised Roman Catholic, was a member of the National Rifle Association and a registered Republican. He led a typical American life. He grew up in a rural town just outside of Buffalo and he was neighborly, an all-American. His beliefs were never strange or confined to the fringes of American society. In fact, the fear of outsiders and the need to bear arms is something that recurs throughout American history, from the eras of the Ku Klux Klan to the period of McCarthyism. The largest difference between the man that drove that car into a federal building and the majority of Americans is that he was prepared to shed blood to defend “liberty.” His name was Timothy McVeigh and was…show more content…
It was at the age of thirteen, that Eddie McVeigh gifted McVeigh with a .22 caliber rifle, the first of many firearms Tim would own (American Terrorist, 2001). Timothy’s childhood experiences, his severe interest in guns and his skills of preparation, are all seemingly innocent actions of a child (. However, in retrospect, it is easy to recognize the dexterities and ideals that were forming at such a young age. In the book, American Terrorist, the authors interviewed McVeigh extensively, and it was in this book that McVeigh publicly admitted to his acts and demonstrated his reasoning. In 1995, McVeigh detonated a truck bomb in front of a federal building in Oklahoma City. The attack is known as the most noteworthy act of domestic terrorism in American History. McVeigh was a Gulf War veteran who pursued retribution against the U.S. government for their management of the Waco Siege in 1993 and the Ruby Ridge incident in 1992. He had hoped to inspire a revolt against the government. When in court, McVeigh inculcated that his lawyers use the necessity defense, yet since his lawyers would have to prove that he was in "imminent danger" from the government; it ended up not happening (Jo, 1997). In fact, McVeigh did not receive the trial he wanted. His lawyers would have to argue that his bombing of the Murrah building was a justifiable response to what McVeigh believed were the crimes of the U.S. government in Waco, Texas (Jo, 1997).
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