Amid the current political furor over gun control, I’ve seen it implied on Facebook and elsewhere that firearms had nothing to do with Timothy McVeigh’s infamous attack on a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.
The truth is that firearms had everything to do with it. McVeigh used a fertilizer bomb only because it was more efficient than guns would have been. It also afforded him a better chance of fleeing the scene.
His motivation for the crime was deeply rooted in his paranoid obsession with guns and his fear that the Second Amendment was under siege by an ...