Not common way

I would like to say something on behalf of the National Rifle Association. The NRA supports the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms.

The NRA does not support people who think they have to have .50-caliber machine guns and grenades to protect themselves or to hunt with. These folks are criminals and this is why ATF agents died trying to serve illegal firearms warrants.

The average law-abiding citizen doesn’t have these types of weapons. I know that certain weapons can be easily modified to full auto weapons, but the average citizen who would own one for hunting purposes wouldn’t do this — let alone shoot federal agents trying to serve warrants or somebody else with it.

Larry Jackson


Read the Tribune-Herald's 7-part investigative series on the inner workings of the Branch Davidians. Hours after Part Two appeared in print, the ATF raided the group's compound.

Read the Tribune-Herald’s account of the ATF raid on the Branch Davidian compound on Feb. 28, 1993. Four ATF agents and six in the compound were killed in the gunfight.

Read the daily news accounts of the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Elk, which began Feb. 28 and lasted until April.

Read the accounts of April 19 and beyond: FBI agents began inserting canisters of tear gas into the Branch Davidian compound in the early morning hours. By noon, it was on fire.