Date: 7 Jun 93 09:53:00-0400 According to the 7 Jun 93 US NEWS + WORLD REPORT (p. 42), the
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
+ 45 machine guns
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.
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