Columbine (Magill's Literary Annual 2010)
Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1889, and, although he has been classified as a monster by mainstream U.S. society, many socially dysfunctional people have found in him someone with whom they can identify. His birthday and the days close to it have become rallying points for many dissidents, who have marked the day in a variety of violent and destructive ways. April 19 has also become an important date for many dissenters opposed to what they perceive to be governmental authority and oppression. It was on this day in 1993 that agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) stormed the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texasan event that resulted in eighty deaths, including those of twenty children. Two years later, on April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh, seeking vengeance for the Branch Davidian attack, parked a truck loaded with explosives outside the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and detonated its lethal load. The explosion killed 168 people.
According to Dave Cullen’s Columbine, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold spent over eighteen months planning their own massacre, which was to take place at Columbine High School on “Judgment Day,” their designation for April 19. They had to move the date of their attack to April 20 when the person from whom they were buying ammunition was late in delivering it. The two boys determined that the optimal time for their strike was during the school’s most popular lunch period, which began...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 2010)
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