The Buffalo News : 2020-04-19



A7 The Buffalo News/Sunday, April 19, 2020 OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING: 25 Years Later Timothy McVeigh sits for an interview with his lawyer Stephen Jones, right, and Rob Night while in prison on June 23, 1995, in Oklahoma City. McVeigh’s bombing set domestic terrorism on a new, more violent path. movement to the national level. But McVeigh’s attack on Oklahoma City, she said, caused it to lose steam. “The mainstream militias tried to distance themselves and helped the government,” said McNergney Vinyard, author of the 2012 book, “Right in Michigan’s Grassroots: From the KKK to the Michigan Militia.” the very militia movement that had helped shape McVeigh’s views. McVeigh envisioned a diverse assembly of extremist groups, from white supremacis­ts to Black Panthers, waging a battle against the American government. Once the government was overthrown, the groups with their conflictin­g ideologies could settle their dif ferences. for illegal possession of weapons, following an FBI investigat­ion into the militia. An FBI agent, Stone claimed, attempted to set up him up to build a bomb and blow up a federal building in Chicago. “But we never bit on that. We wanted nothing to do with that,” said Stone, who serves as the supervisor of Michigan’s Wheatland Township. And while he distances himself from the 1995 bombing, he says McVeigh was onto something when it came to support of the Second Amendment. “Here we are now. It is 2020 and we see all this legislatio­n on gun confiscati­on, so maybe McVeigh really did see something coming,” Stone said. Myra T. Bray, the state commander of the Michigan Militia’s Wolverine Corps, also condemned McVeigh’s violence. “Nobody agrees with what he did. We kind of wish he was never associated with the name militia. What he did, I can guarantee you, is something nobody believes in,” Bray said. JoEllen McNergney Vinyard, a retired Eastern Michigan University professor of that state’s history, said that in her research for a book on the militias, she never encountere­d violent rhetoric or hero-worship for McVeigh. Events at Ruby Ridge and Waco, plus farmers losing their land in foreclosur­es, she said, was what provided the impetus to elevate the militia in your new We can help you plan for that. 25% OFF SUNROOMS* PLUS Retirement Planning | Life Insurance Disability Insurance | NO NO Interest Payments April 2022† 100 Corporate Parkway, Suite 118 Amherst, NY 14226 (716) 880-5185 www.wealthmana­gementserv­ | ’til | HURRY! Offer ends April 28 Virtual Appointmen­ts ©2020 Principal Financial Services, Inc. Principal, Principal and symbol design and Principal Financial Group are registered trademarks and service marks of Principal Financial Services, Inc., a Principal company. Insurance products issued by Principal National Life Insurance Co (except in NY) and Principal Life Insurance Co. Plan administra­tive services offered by Principal Life. Securities offered through Principal Securities, Inc., 800-247-1737, Member SIPC and/ or independen­t broker/dealers. Principal National, Principal Life, and Principal Securities are members of the Principal Financial Group®, Des Moines, IA 50392. FOR A FREE DESIGN CONSULTATI­ON CALL 716-771-5236 available 2620 North America Drive, West Seneca, NY patioenclo­ BUFNEW PROMO CODE: *Discount applies to MSRP. Some restrictio­ns apply. See store for details. Not valid on prior sales or previous quotes. May not be used in conjunctio­n with other offers or discounts. Franchise/dealer participat­ion varies. †Subject to credit approval. Interest is billed during the promotiona­l period but all interest is waived if the purchase amount is paid in full in 24 months. No promo payments due. An account activation fee of $39 may apply with the customer’s first payment and is not reflected in any payment amounts shown. Financing for GreenSky® consumer credit programs is provided by federally insured, federal and state chartered financial institutio­ns without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex or familial status. See store for details. ©Copyright 2020 Patio Enclosures. CK1022 | 901070-082019 | | | | SUNROOMS SCREEN ROOMS PORCH ENCLOSURES SOLARIUMS WINDOWS & DOORS

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