The common element in all these incidents of violent aggresssion is the federal government. The government was the aggressor at Waco. The government trained the aggressors in Oklahoma (and armed the terrorists [or "patsies"] in what would later become "the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil"). The government requires the teaching of "the survival of the fittest" in public schools, the ideological motivation of the Columbine killers. And the government blames guns, not the killers, leading to a defense-free killers' paradise at schools like Virginia Tech.
. On April 19, 1993, following a 51-day standoff, federal agents raided the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas. A fire, later determined to have been set by the Davidians, destroyed the compound and killed 57 of its residents.
. On April 19, 1995, a bomb inside a rental truck exploded at the Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, killing 168 people in what was then the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
. The killer turned out to be 27-year-old Timothy McVeigh. McVeigh's ex-Army buddy, Terry Nichols, was also charged in the crime.
. On April 20, 1999, two armed highschool seniors, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, walked through Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. In the end, 12 students, one teacher and the two murderers were dead.
. Add Monday's slaughter of 32 by a 23-year-old South Korean student at Virginia Tech to the terrible list.
April 19 is also the anniversary of Lexington and Concord, the battle that began the American Revolution, when the British attempted to seize ammunition held by the colonists. The Second Amendment was the result of this conflict, an amendment which guarantees rights -- not of hunters and gun collectors, but of opponents of tyranny and those who are carrying out what the Declaration of Independence describes as a "duty" to abolish tyrannical governments.
Mid-April is also "tax day." The American Revolution was fought over tax rates which historians estimate at between 3-5%. The Bush-Clinton regime now confiscates over ten times as much in taxes. The British government would never have dreamed of using colonial tax revenues to fund planned parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the world, and remove all copies of the Ten Commandments from government-run schools. By every conceivable measure, the U.S. Federal government is a far greater tyranny than the one overthrown in 1776, and represents the greatest source of violence in the world today.