Date: 7 Jun 93 09:53:00-0400 According to the 7 Jun 93 US NEWS + WORLD REPORT (p. 42), the

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Date: 7 Jun 93 09:53:00-0400 According to the 7 Jun 93 US NEWS & WORLD REPORT (p. 42), the "arsenal" acquired by the Branch Davidians at Mount Carmel was comprised of the following: 59 handguns 12 shotguns 94 rifles + 45 machine guns ----------------- 210 firearms Divided into the population of Mount Carmel as of 28 Feb 93, which was approximately 130 persons, this comes to 1.6 firearms per individual. The 1990 population of Texas was approximately 17 million. The only recent estimate I have seen of the total number of firearms in Texas -!- regrettably, I cannot recall the source --- was 64 million. I therefore assume per capita firearms ownership in Texas to be on the close order of 3.8, which means: 1. The Branch Davidians were more lightly armed, by a factor of at least 2, than Texas as a whole. 2. Any randomly selected neighborhood in any city or small town in Texas with a population of 130 people would contain nearly 500 firearms of all types. 3. The BATF could conduct much larger (and safer) seizures by simply cordoning off city blocks and doing house-to-house searches. I note that Ross Perot has advocated exactly this --- for black neighborhoods in south Dallas, that is. Permission is hereby granted to copy this everywhere you can think of. ============================================== Another file from The Soapbox BBS "Your Infotainment Specialist" An all text BBS specializing in e-zines and other unique text files. (919) 387-1152 - Up to 16.8 kbs - 8N1 Fidonet 1:151/142 - FREQ FILES for file list ===============================================

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