Reclaiming Common Sense

If you ask anybody where they were September 11th 2001 they can probably tell you where they were when they heard that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center. That was the second time that the World Trade Center was attacked. The first time is was attacked was February 26, 1993. If you ask people where they were on April 19, 1995 they might wonder why you are asking them that question. April 19th 1995 was the most recent September 11th.

The "Parkland Shooting" was not the largest violent event. It was not the first terrorist event in the nation that took the lives of hundreds of Americans. The Madalay Bay Shooting in Las Vegas left 59 dead and 851 injured. Of course, we should also remember the Boston Marathon Bombing that happened April 15, 2013This Boston Bombing was a day that people will remember in Boston, and around the country, for years to come. Three people were killed and hundreds were injured.

The recent shooting Majorie Stoneman Douglas High School  in Florida was not the first school shooting, nor was it the most deadly. There were 17 individuals killed in the Florida shooting.  There were 12 students and a teacher killed April 20th, 1999 in Columbine, Colorado. There were twenty students and six adults killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut December 14, 2012.

What you may not realize was that a larger event happened on April 19, 1995. More than 160 people, some children in daycare, were killed in the Oklahoma City Bombing. You may not realize that this act of violence was committed on the two year anniversary of the death of 75 people at the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, Texas.

April 19th was our first "9-11" because September 11th has two events linked to it: the Attack on the United States by bin Laden  and the Benghazi Attack on September 11, 2012. Remember that there were other uprisings on that date including a location in Cairo, an other locations in the Middle East. There were two events that happened two years apart on April 19th:. The Branch Davidian disaster and the Oklahoma City Bombing. Older citizens might call September 11th our Second day of Infamy. Our first Day of Infamy was December 7th 1941.  We must remember our history or we will be doomed to relive it.