4/19: A Loaded Date

A reader writes:

Are you guys going to talk about the April 19 Second Amendment demonstrations?  As a person from Oklahoma City, I find the entire idea upsetting beyond belief.  These protests are going to take place on the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.  The idea of a bunch of armed right-wingers parading around on that day -- especially here -- makes me *ill*.  Do any of these people know what actually happened here on that day?

The most painful memory that I have is this:  Sitting up all night crying, watching television coverage of the rescue efforts, image after image of injured people, bloodied children.  And periodically, the television anchorpeople would stop and say to the camera: "For any kids who may be watching: if you're at home, waiting for mama or daddy to come home from work in downtown Oklahoma City, and they haven't come home, you're alone, and you need help, you can call this number, and someone will come and help you."  Every time, I would just lose it.  I'm sitting here with tears streaming down my cheeks from the memory.

Who -- WHO -- would think that this is anything to be celebrated?  To be invoked?  What the hell kind of monsters are these people?

Blue Oklahoma notes:

A statement is posted in the thread on the website: "The date was picked because it is the 235th anniversary of the battle of Lexington/Concord and it's also Patriots day. The OK bombing was never even thought of when the date was planned"

Another event that occurred on April 19:

1993 – The 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, Texas, USA, ends when a fire breaks out. Eighty-one people die.

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