Columbine

Columbine

by

Dave Cullen

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A word for artillery, arms, or ammunition.

Ordnance Quotes in Columbine

The Columbine quotes below are all either spoken by Ordnance or refer to Ordnance. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Twelve edition of Columbine published in 2010.
Chapter 22 Quotes

For investigators, the [discovery of the] big bombs changed everything: the scale, the method, and the motive of the attack. Above all, it had been indiscriminate. Everyone was supposed to die. Columbine was fundamentally different from the other school shootings. It had not really been intended as a shooting at all. Primarily it had been a bombing that failed. [When] officials announced the discovery, it instigated a new media shock wave. But, curiously, journalists failed to grasp the implications. They saw what happened at Columbine as a shooting and the killers as outcasts targeting jocks. They [continued to] filter every new development through that lens.

Related Characters: Dave Cullen (speaker)
Page Number: 124
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Chapter 48 Quotes

Now [Eric] had to concentrate on getting Dylan a second gun. And [he] had a whole lot of production work. If only he had a little more cash, he could move the experiments along. Oh well. You could fund only so many bombs at a pizza factory. And he needed his brakes checked, and he’d just had to buy winter wiper blades, and he had a whole bunch of new CDs to pick up.

Related Characters: Dave Cullen (speaker), Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold
Page Number: 306
Explanation and Analysis:
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Ordnance Term Timeline in Columbine

The timeline below shows where the term Ordnance appears in Columbine. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8: Maximum Human Density
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...also plan to load up on smaller pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails, knives, and other assorted ordnance. For “Act Three,” the boys expect to already be dead—bombs concealed in each of their... (full context)
Chapter 12: The Perimeter
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...puzzle together—Eric and Dylan missed class that morning, and have recently been bragging about gathering ordnance--building pipe bombs and buying guns. When Nate learns that the shooters are in trench coats,... (full context)
Chapter 15: First Assumption
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...police entry, but the cops insist. In Eric’s room, their team finds a stash of ordnance: sawed-off shotgun barrel, ammo, fireworks, and materials for building bombs on nearly every surface.  (full context)
Chapter 17: The Sheriff
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...assailants.” Chris tells detectives that he knew Eric and Dylan were looking for guns and ordnance, and that he suspects someone named Phil Duran, a former coworker at Blackjack, of having... (full context)
Chapter 22: Rush to Closure
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Detectives work the angle of the “physical evidence”: primarily the ordnance the killers left behind. They find that the propane bombs were a “mess,” constructed by... (full context)
Chapter 42: Diversion
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...to buy a new computer—when in reality, he is planning on building an arsenal of ordnance. Dylan quits his job at Blackjack and does not find a replacement job over the... (full context)
Chapter 48: An Emotion of God  
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...substance’s unstable nature and incredibly time-consuming. Eric takes full charge of building the arsenal of ordnance for the attack—Dylan, Cullen writes, “seemed to be no help with any of it.” Eric,... (full context)
Chapter 50: The Basement Tapes
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...rage, both apologize to and berate their parents, and show off their vast arsenal of ordnance(full context)