I have been mulling over when to address this developing story, but the potential serial-bomber situation in Austin is escalating quickly. What started as a couple of package bombs on porches, has seen the perp(s) increase the level of sophistication of their devices. Bomb #4, contained a “tripwire” mechanism, and #5, which detonated in a FedEx facility in San Antonio contained nails and other shrapnel.
A package exploded at a FedEx distribution center northeast of San Antonio shortly after midnight. NBC’s Pete Williams is reporting investigators have a “pretty good indication” that the package was bound for Austin, where four other package bombings have occurred in the past three weeks.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is on scene at the facility in Schertz, Texas on the 9900 block of Doerr Lane. ATF says no one was seriously injured.
Schertz police say the package was in the sorting area of the facility. The explosion happened around 12:30 a.m. and about 75 employees were there at the time. Officials said the medium-sized package had metal and nails inside it.
FedEx released a statement on the incident, saying “We can confirm that a single package exploded while in a FedEx Ground sortation facility early this morning. One team member is being treated for minor injuries. We are working closely with law enforcement in their investigation. We are not providing any additional specific information about this package at this time.”
It isn’t news to most 2a advocates, but remember the worst school massacre in this country’s history was the 1927 Bath School bombing, which predates the 1934 National Firearms Act, but that is not relevant at all of course. My Fagor pressure cooker is completely legal, but that didn’t stop the Tzarnaev brothers from unleashing carnage with on at the Boston Marathon.
Any item can be misused. You can build shotguns with common parts from the hardware store. Or you can make knives. It isn’t the caliber of tool, it is the caliber of the individual wielding it that matters.
Not that you should do this, but it isn’t rocket science. No background check required.
After all, bombs, like knives and even guns can be fashioned by anyone with a modicum of crafting ability.