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"Suddenly, they turned around, got on their knees, as if they were ordered to, they did it all together, aimed. And personally, I was standing there saying, they're not going to shoot, they can't do that." stated an unidentified student.
Another student who witnessed the shooting stated "The firing stopped. I lay there maybe 10 or 15 seconds. I got up, I saw four or five students lying around the lot. By this time, it was like mass hysteria. Students were crying, they were screaming for ambulances."
The shooters were described as wearing "military clothing" by another witness. "We looked at them and they looked at us. They were just kids, 19 years old, like us."
An alarming 28 total shooters fired 61 rounds over a period of 13 seconds into a crowd of protesting students on campus. The shooters used semi-automatic rifles and pistols. One 12-gauge shotgun was also found.
Charges have been filed against only eight of the shooters, but U.S. District Judge Frank Battisti has dismissed the charges, stating that the prosecution's case is too weak to warrant a trial.
The carry of firearms is prohibited on Ohio college campuses, unless you are military or law enforcement.
The date was May 4, 1970. The location was Kent State University. The shooters were the National Guard. The students were unarmed, but the National Guard members claimed self defense. The students were protesting the Vietnam War.
No amount of gun control would not have prevented this shooting.
Military and law enforcement take note - should attempts to disarm law abiding citizens succeed in the United States, they will not stop there. Just like in the United Kingdom, you will be next to be disarmed.
In a society where guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.
Choose Liberty. Protect your rights.
Ken Buckler is the editor of the Liberty Chronicle Independent.