Saluting with misty eyes
Perhaps it was voted down because it had no provisions for the responders to the Oklahoma City bombing which were required to work through the hazardous materials and unhealthy air conditions at that particular crime scene.
I realize that Timothy McVie and Terry Nichols only killed 168 people; however, they did damage 324 buildings and caused a minimum $652 million in damages. There were also in excess of 12,000 people involved in relief and rescue efforts in the days following.
It was also the largest federally investigated crime until 9/11 with 28,000 interviews, 3.5 short tons of evidence, and nearly 1,000,000,000 pieces of information collected.
There were absolutely NO federal funds allocated to assist the people who were affected by this act of terrorist violence.
Messages of sympathy were received from England, the PLO, Canada, Australia, Russia, the UN, the European Union, and India. IRAN, of all possible countries, condemned the attack, The Kuwaiti Parliament condemned it. France offered a special rescue unit to assist, Israel assisted a special anti-terrorist unit to assist.
In the aftermath, several pieces of legislation were passed to assist in preventing this from happening again, as well as to increase the penalties for anyone doing so.
Or, have we forgotten?
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, "WHAT A RIDE