by Timothy Lane 4/18/17
April 19 has a certain historical resonance, some of which may be unknown even to readers here. It’s especially important in terms of civil rights — such as the Second Amendment.
On April 19, 1775, a British column set off for the towns of Lexington AND Concord to seize guns and ammunition — and anti-British leaders such as John Hancock. They not only failed, but made it back alive only because they were reinforced on the way back to Boston.
On April 19, 1861, Baltimore secessionists rioted against Union troops (the Sixth Massachusetts) traveling from one railroad station to another on their way to Washington, DC. This led to the burning of bridges northeast of the city by local citizens, which led to a brief isolation of the nation’s capital.
On April 19, 1943, an SS officer named Jurgen Stroop decided to finish up the clearance and destruction of the Warsaw ghetto. Thanks to resistance by the Jews (who initially only had a few weapons), it took him nearly a month to complete the task.
On April 19, 1993, Janet Reno commemorated the 50h anniversary of that famous uprising by launching the final assault on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, with results similar to those Stroop sought. This ended a siege that started with a BATF raid claiming that they had illegal weapons.
And in reprisal, on April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeight committed one o fthe worst mass murders in American history (prior to 2001) by blowing up the Alfred Murrah government building in Oklahoma City. 168 people, many of them children, were murdered in the terrorist attack.
Timothy Lane writes from Louisville, Kentucky and publishes the FOSFAX fanzine.
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