Punish crime

John Young’s April 29 column, “High-caliber meltdown, seems to be saying again that people are not responsible for their actions.

The logic anti-gunners use against guns is never applied elsewhere. More people are injured every year by drunk drivers and knives but no one attempts to ban or restrict the use of car or knives. Bicycles kill far more children annually than guns, but still no one attempts any restrictions on bicycles.

If the leftists of this world spent their time demanding swift and just punishment for criminals, lower crime rates would immediately result and they would not have to worry about gun laws.

Guns did not cause the Davidian problem. Criminals did. If we had a five-day waiting period, a restriction on semi-automatic weapons or a ban on pistols, the Davidians would still be there because they were criminals. Criminals have no fear of law.

Criminals cause problems by using guns, knives, clubs, cars, poisons, explosives, fire and rape against their victims. Criminals cause problems, not law-abiding people. We are the victims, you and me. Our government’s laws are now against the law-abiding while favoring criminals. Help us put the blame where it belongs. Punish the criminals, not the victims.

Tom Ramsey

China Spring


I am sick and tired of some of the media, lawyers, politicians and others second-guessing the authorities for the events at Mount Carmel and trying to shift the blame for what happened from Koresh to the federal agents, the attorney general and even the president.

Nothing the federal agents, or anyone else, might have done would have changed the outcome. The Davidians would have died in some manner at some time and could well have taken many others with them.

To answer the question, “Why did the FBI move now?”, I reply, “Why not now?” To answer that politician who criticized not sending in fire trucks as soon as the fire broke out, I would like to ask him, ‘Would you have been willing to go in when those inside were shooting at you, and ammunition and other explosives were blowing up?”

To those who complained they were not given a chance to intervene personally with their family members, I would say, “If you had any influence over your family members, they would not be in there I the first place.”

W.A. Miner


Read the Tribune-Herald's 7-part investigative series on the inner workings of the Branch Davidians. Hours after Part 2 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.

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.

Federal officials left the compound site in late May 1993. As identifications of bodies continued, questions about the survivors, the compound and the cult itself began to emerge.

As the world began to take a critical look back at the events and legal proceedings continue, the ATF's bombshell report forces a shakeup at the top after the raid gone "tragically wrong."

In 1994, the surviving Davidians went on trial in San Antonio. Over six weeks, more than 140 witnesses testified, with the verdict coming just two days prior to the anniversary of the ATF raid.

The Rodenville shootout and the 1988 trial, the end of the world in 1959 and more stories from deep in the Trib archives.