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