The Nashville Bombing, More Than Meets the Eye

The most terrifying event of the post-election meltdown in American civility is not the riot at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, but the Christmas morning bombing in Nashville, Tennessee. The ability of a single disgruntled individual to build a mobile bomb of such explosive power without tipping his hand or blowing it off is indeed frightening.

I know what I write about. In the 1980s, I was an editor at Loompanics Unlimited, publishers of controversial and unusual books, sellers of such titles as The Anarchist Cookbook, Kitchen Improvised Plastic Explosives, and Homemade Guns and Homemade Ammo. We published books on making bombs, modifying guns, and causing mayhem. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says words cannot be prohibited, only actions.

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Steve O’Keefe is the author of several books, most recently Set the Page on Fire: Secrets of Successful Writers, from New World Library, based on over 250 interviews. He is the former editorial director for Loompanics Unlimited.

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