Yep - just like with Randy Weaver; they could have simply picked these guys up while they were on their way to the store.
You are right on that. My wife has several of her aunts and cousins in the area and they all said that the local sheriff was a yellow bellied coward.
Koresh or whatever the fruitcakes name is, was in town a short while before the whole thing went down. They could have nabbed him then, or, simply walked away and watched him. He would have come out in time and they could have nabbed him then.
Instead, how many women and children burned in that fire?
The same with Weaver, which was just as bad. Weaver was awarded a few million dollars from the feds for their GD ignorance. I mean, shoot the wife while she was holding the door open for the rest to get into the shack? And while she was holding a baby? And the excuse for that was?
And then the Giffords shooting. That local police chief had been alerted about that nutjob and could have taken him in for a 72 hour evaluation. That is why that chief got out and spouted off after the whole thing went down. He was culpable.