This doesn’t fully explain what went on. Its much worse. They shot Samuel Weaver as he was running away. And these weapons he made were just sawed off guns. They had someone on the inside personally ask him for one so that they could catch him. This man was not out to distribute illegal guns. He had them for his own privacy and made them for friends. The state obviously has been irrational about firearms for a long time. The only “good” gun to the state is one taken from the people and used against them.
The article from LibertyUnderAttack.com that goes into more detail.
Randy Weaver had been classified by some in the media as a “white separatist”. Mr. Weaver was not openly a white supremacist and whether true or not, we don’t know, and that’s not the headline.
In October, 1989, an undercover BATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) informant from the Aryan Nation was introduced to Weaver and wanted to buy a firearm from him. It was not illegal for him to sell the firearm, but the agent had a request- to cut the barrels of two shotguns 1/4 inch below the legal level. He didn’t want to, but the “buyer” was relentless on this request, and Weaver needed the money.
Then 8 months later, two BATF agents approached him and requested he be an undercover informant for them inside the Aryan Nation. They threatened him (as with some others on this page). He refused to be a pawn for the BATF and didn’t cooperate.
A hearing was set on the shotgun matter for Federal Court in Moscow, Idaho. The government notified Weaver by letter that he was to appear March 20, 1991. The actual hearing was held February 20—one month earlier. The error in dates was enough to give rise to a memo within the Marshal Service saying the case would be a washout. (Weaver did not show for the wrong date, either.) U.S. Attorney Ron Howen went to the grand jury anyway, and Weaver was indicted for failure to appear.
Because he wanted to be left alone, Weaver had moved to Ruby Ridge, Idaho and lived in fear for his life and that of his family’s. He was rarely seen and laid low with his family. After his failure to appear for the wrong court date, the Feds surveiled him for 16 long months, and never intended on engaging him in a peaceful manner.
After months of spying on Weaver and his family, in August 21st, 1992, a team team of US Marshall’s stormed his property in the early morning. His wife, his son Sammy Weaver, his dog and a couple of Federal agents were killed in exchanges of gunfire leading to incredible, unnecessary bloodshed.
A friend of Weaver’s present that day, Kevin Harris, and Randy Weaver himself were found innocent on 6 of 8 charges, one including a murder of a US Marshal, another of conspiring to provoke a confrontation with the government and aiding and abetting murder. Weaver was found guilty of only two: failure to appear on a prior firearms charge and violating conditions of bail.
It’s hard to debate that there was a sinister motive behind this event. Randy Weaver was not convicted of the MOST SEVERE crimes of which he was accused. The Feds threw gas on a small flame and turned into something far bigger than it should have ever been. The BATF was looking for confrontation, drove this bloody exchange and could have avoided it completely if they had handled it differently.
Just what I was looking for. I’ve been away from my desktop. Thank you!