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Many militia members ‘plain folks’
WASHINGTON — The militia
movement draws much of its strength
from economically struggling white
men, many of them veterans, prone
to believe in conspiracies, often liv
ing in rural areas and fervently de
fending the right to bear arms.
Some members are former col
lege professors; others never made it
through high school. Some insist they
are not bigots; others see Jews, blacks
and foreigners as the perpetrators of
a huge, anti-American conspiracy.
Clark McCauley, a psychology
professor at Bryn Mawr College, Pa.,
and an expert on terrorism, said that
what is remarkable about militia
members is that they are so unre
“We’re not talking about crazies
here. We’re not talking about people
who are no longer human. We’re
talking about people like you and me
who feel that they’ve been pushed
too far,” McCauley said.
Political science professor Michael
Barkun of Syracuse University agrees.
He says, “We make a substantial
mistake and eventually underestimate
the danger if we simply assume that
everyone engaged in such organiza
tions is ignorant or disordered or
Barkun spoke of a “profound sense
that there is nothing meaningful that
can be accomplished through exist
ing political institutions.” He said
many militia members are plain folks,
“to an extent that might surprise us.”
A series of incidents has fueled
membership: the federal raid on sepa
ratist Randy Weaver’s Idaho com
pound in 1992; the burning of the
Branch Davidian compound in Waco,
Texas, in 1993; passage of the Brady
gun registration bill in 1993 and of an
assault weapons ban last year.
Several of the figures who have
emerged in the bombing investiga
tion seem to fit the description.
For example, Timothy McVeigh,
charged in the bombing, was an Army
veteran who became a drifter. Au
thorities say he had ties to two broth
ers now charged with conspiracy in
connection with bomb-making in
Michigan — James Nichols, the
owner of a small farm, and his younger
brother Terry, an Army veteran who
became an independent military sur
Norman Olson, head of the Michi
gan Militia, an organization that says
it kicked out McVeigh, is the pastor
of a Baptist church and owner of a
The militia movement
Often dubbed their size
and philosophy varies considerabJ
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States in bold type have laws banning paramilitary training
Source: AP research. Center for Democratic Renewal
New electronic artificial limbs
give amputees sense of touch
NEW YORK — When Chuck
Tiemann lost his right leg and left
arm in an accident 15 years ago, he
thought many of life’s simple joys
were forever lost to him.
Now the 39-year-old Braman,
Okla., man has regained some of
those lost sensations as part of the
first group of amputees to test a
new generation of artificial limbs
that return the sense of touch.
“The first time I could reach out
and touch my wife’s hand and feel
the warmth after more than a de
cade — that was a very emotional
moment,” he said.
The sensory system is being
developed by the Sabolich Pros
thetic Research Center in Okla
homa City, a division of Novacare
Inc., a large physical rehabilita
tion company based in King of
Sabolich planned to formally
unveil the system Thursday.
The system uses pressure and
temperature sensors and electronic
circuits embedded in false arms
and legs. These circuits are con
nected to electrodes inside a pros
thesis’ socket which touch the skin
of the truncated limb.
The electrodes transfer pressure
pulses, or sensations of heat or
cold, to surviving nerve endings.
John Sabolich, Novacare’s na
tional prosthetics director, said two
years pf tests began this spring that
ultimately will involve 120 ampu
tees nationwide. The research is
partly funded by roughly $500,000
from the National Institutes of
Health. The products could be on
the market in under a year.
Researchers have been testing
these sensory systems on one or
two people at a time since the
1950s, said Clayton Van Doren, a
professor who does such work at
Case Western Reserve University
in Cleveland. But he said
Sabolich’s work is the first com
~ “The single thing we most need
right now is exactly what Sabolich
is doing — putting something on
Patients have described the
sense of touch they get as a tin
Artificial limbs that “feel”
A system under development by the Sabolich Prosthetic
Research Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., allows amputees
to feel pressurer heat and cold in their artificial limbs.
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'The first time I could reach out and touch my
wife's hand and feel the warmth after more
than a decade— that was a very emotional
lost right leg. left arm
gling, “like the feeling you get
when your foot’s asleep,” Sabolich
Tieraann, a former utility line
man who lost his leg and am in an
accident atop an electrical pole,
said he likes feeling the clutch of
his pickup truck, or knowing the
temperature of a cup of coffee he’s
about to grab with his prosthetic
He said the sensory system and
other innovations help amputees
regain a sense of normalcy.
“When I woke up from my
amputations, I felt mutilated. I said
'How can I ever live a regular life
again?* Fifteen years later, the
answer is 'Yes, without a doubt.”*
Woman ordered to cut bird feed
MEMPHIS, Term. — There’s still a free lunch for the blue jays,
cardinals, sparrows, chickadees, pigeons and doves flocking to eat in
Mary Lane’s back yard. But it’s been cut in half by a judge’s order.
“It’s the case of feeding to excess,” Environmental Court Judge
Larry Potter said Tuesday.
Lane has been feeding birds for five years to give her 88-year-old
mother something to watch.
But neighbors complained that 10 pounds of feed daily posed a
public health problem by attracting too many birds and rats.
The Health Department ordered Lane several weeks ago to take
down eight of nine bird feeders to cut down spillage.
Potter let her keep the ninth feeder, but then she spread the seeds on
a table. In March, he visited the yard and ordered her to sweep die
spilled seeds regularly and use only half the table.
More neighbor complaints brought her back to court, and a special
judge sitting in for Potter found Lane in contempt after a health
inspector found piles of bird seed on the ground.
Potter set aside the contempt order Tuesday.
The judge conferred with inspectors, lawyers and Lane before
compromising on the cut in feed to five pounds.
Lane agreed reluctantly. “It’s better than jail,” she said.
Court kills school gun ban
WASHINGTON — The Supreme
Court struck down a federal law ban
ning gun possession within 1,000 feet
of schools Wednesday, saying the
states — not Congress — have the
authority to enact such criminal laws.
The 5-4 decision throwing out the
1990 Gun-Free School Zones Act
stood in sharp contrast to a
longstanding court trend of defer
ence to congressional power to regu
late interstate commerce.
Congress stole power reserved to
the states when it enacted the law,
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist
wrote as the court refused to reinstate
a former Texas high school student’s
conviction for taking a gun to school.
The school gun law “is a criminal
statute that by its terms has nothing to
do with 'commerce’ or any sort of
economic enterprise, however
broadly one might define those
terms,” Rehnquist wrote.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy noted
in a concurring opinion that most
states already outlaw gun possession
on or near school grounds.
But Justice Stephen G. Breyer
wrote in dissent that the ruling ere
ates a legal uncertainty that “will
restrict Congress’ ability to enact
criminal laws aimed at criminal be
havior that... seriously threatens the
economic, as well as social, well
being of Americans.”
“The problem of guns in and
around schools is widespread and
extremely serious ” Breyer said.
Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., who spon
sored the school gun law, said, “I’m
astonished that the Supreme Court
has said that Congress cannot protect
our children from guns.” He said die
ruling “ignores children’s safety for
the sake of legal nitpicking,”
Sixty-five students and six school
employees were shot and killed at
U.S. schools during the five years
before the law was enacted, accord
ing to the Center to Prevent Handgun
The government had asked the
court to reinstate Alfonso Lopez Jr.’s
conviction for taking a handgun and
five bullets to school in San Antonio
in 1992. He said he was given the gun
to deliver to someone else for $40 to
use in what Lopez described as a
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