Blow it up

I agree with John R. Stoutimore (Letters, March 20) in his solution in bringing an end to the siege at Mount Carmel.

I further add to complete the solution that all news hounds — male, female and she-male-varmits who are so-called journalists — be herded and moved into Mount Carmel to satisfy the compound nuts desire for access to the media. Then blow up the compound.

C.C. Arnold


Can’t be trusted

In reply to Rowland Nethaway’s March 6 column titled “Perhaps a gun cult.” I served in World War II for people such as Nethaway.

Yes, Mr. Nethaway, there are thousands of people who do not trust our government.

Did our Founding Fathers trust government when they wrote the Constitution to protect us from the government?

Why should we trust government when many in government do not even want to abide by the Constitution?

Can you remember around 60 years ago when doors were broken down in Germany and guns confiscated from law-abiding citizens? If you can’t remember, then get the story but not from a liberal.

No, the callers are not just a small segment of America, as you so desire. Please remember, also that you or anyone else who wants to take away the rights of law-abiding citizens to have protection of his own is actually the enemy of many American.

No, Mr. Nethaway, our gun is not our religion, but don’t group us with the criminal. You should be preaching to the no good Justice Department for some penalty for criminals.

Wake up, man. Where will you hide? Don’t take my God-given rights. I will pray for you also. This part will probably be cut knowing how liberals hate anything affiliated with God.

Wallace Philllips



I am a freshman at Waco High Ninth Grade campus. For a field trip with my U.S. history class, I went to the news conference about the released children of the Mount Carmel compound.

As I was listening to the Department of Human Services workers talk about the children who were released and how they are reacting to the “outside” world I began to ask myself what I would do in that situation if I were one of the children.

Then it dawned on me that there was not much I could do because that would be my parents’ religion and that I probably would have to follow in their footsteps.

I believe in freedom of religion, but when the religion endangers my family, society and life I would want some higher government officials to try to take control of the situation.

I also believe in the right to bear arms. I think any man or woman has the right to carry and possess a gun legally for protection, but not to build an arsenal. That is just ignorant.

I do commend all of the ATF officers and FBI officials who are just doing their jobs. I also want to wish the children of the Mount Carmel compound all the love and happiness in the world.

Christi Nading

Age 15


Biblical overdose

Q. What happens if one over-doses on the Bible?

A. Branch Davidians.

In the ‘60s there was a joke in response to the “Jesus Movement.”

It says: “I used to be strung out on drugs. And then I found Jesus. Now I’m strung out on Jesus.

K. L. Lowell Lee


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.