"Waco" centers on the 1993 stand-off at Waco, Texas, when the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives attempted to arrest David Koresh, leader of the Branch Davidian cult. Four ATF agents, Koresh and 76 of his followers died.
Of course, as any Central Texan knows, it didn't actually happen IN Waco, but whatever. I gotta say, my views on it have changed almost 180 degrees from when it first happened. At the time, I was a freshman in high school, and figured the government wouldn't be assaulting that place if they didn't have a good reason. Now, hindsight is 20/20, but it sure looks like none of this should have ever happened.
The ATF went in ostensibly looking for "illegal weapons", but it turns out that none of the weapons were, in fact illegal.
Why didn't they just arrest Koresh when he went for his morning run (like he did every day)?
Was it really necessary for a freaking stand-off?
I've become much more jaded vis-a-vis the government in my old age. This'll be interesting.