April 19, the date of the Oklahoma City bombing, is an important day among some factions of the militia movement.
A flier circulated among militia supporters last month reported that Richard Snell, a white supremacist who murdered two people, was scheduled for execution April 19 in Arkansas.
The fax flier asked for supporters to write letters to the Arkansas governor seeking clemency for Snell. It also noted these events:
April 19, 1775 “Lexington burned.” On that day, British Redcoats fought American colonists at Lexington and Concord, Mass.
April 19, 1943 “Warsaw burned.” That’s the day the Nazis first moved into the Jewish ghetto in Poland.
April 19, 1992 “The feds attempted to raid Randy Weaver, but had their plans thwarted when concerned citizens arrived on the scene with supplies for the Weaver family totally unaware of what was to take place.” Four months later, Weaver’s North Idaho cabin was surrounded by federal agents during a gunbattle that resulted in the deaths of a deputy U.S. marshal and Weaver’s wife and son.
April 19, 1993 “The Branch Davidians burned,” a reference to the fire that ended the siege in Waco, Texas.
April 19, 1995 “Richard Snell will be executed.”
A proclamation carrying the address of a Texas militia group and posted on the Internet before the bombing declares April 19 Militia Day.
The proclamation urges supporters to march past federal courthouses or local government offices.
It says, “When opposite government buildings, each squad shall be ordered to halt, face the building, present arms, and recite the First, Second, and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, followed by the oath: ‘I swear/affirm that I will preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”’
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter
Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.