Famous Trials: Timothy McVeigh Letter to Congressman John LaFalce

* Famous Trials: Timothy McVeigh Letter to Congressman John LaFalce.

 Timothy McVeigh Letter to Congressman John LaFalce

Famous Trials, 16 Feb 1992



This is the text of a letter sent from suspected bomber Timothy McVeigh to Congressman John J. LaFalce (D-NY). McVeigh questions the legal limits placed on citizens who wish to defend themselves.

Tim McVeigh
6289 Cambell Blvd.
Lockport, NY 14094


Mr. John LaFalce
111 W. Huron St.
Buffalo, NY 14202

Dear Mr. LaFalce,

Recently, I saw an article in the Buffalo News that detailed a man’s arrest; one of the charges being “possession of a noxious substance” (CS gas). This struck my curiousity (sic), so I went to the New York State Penal Law. Sure enough, section 270 prohibits possession of any noxious substance, and included in section 265 is a ban on the use of “stun guns”. Now I am a male, and fully capable of defending myself, but how about a female?

I strongly believe in a God-given right to self-defense. Should any other person or a governing body be able to tell a person that he/she cannot save their own life, because it would be a violation of the law? In this case, which is more important: faced with a rapist/murderer, would you pick a.) die, a law abiding citizen or b.) live, and go to jail?

It is a lie if we tell ourselves that the police can protect us everywhere, at all times. I am in shock that a law exists which denies a woman’s right to self-defense. Firearms restrictions are bad enough, but now a woman can’t even carry mace in her purse?!?!

/s/Tim McVeigh (716) 625-9368