What happened: Six cult members and four federal agents were killed in a gun battle during a raid on the headquarters of the Branch Davidian sect at the end of a nearly two-month siege. The cult members had been stockpiling weapons.
What the president [Bill Clinton] said: “I am deeply saddened by the loss of life in Waco today. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of David Koresh’s victims. The law enforcement agencies involved in the Waco siege recommended the course of action pursued today. The attorney general informed me of their analysis and judgment and recommended that we proceed with today’s action given the risks of maintaining the previous policy indefinitely. I told the attorney general to do what she thought was right, and I stand by that decision.”