04 May 2011

41 years later, could Kent State happen again?

Today - May 4, 2011 - marks the 41st anniversary of the Kent State massacre, in which members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire on students who were protesting the invasion of Cambodia. Four students were killed and nine others were wounded. Some of the victims were mere bystanders who were not even involved in the protest. None deserved to be shot at.

And I wonder if this sort of thing could happen again. All it would take is one misguided order from someone in charge.

After all, police routinely rough up and arrest political protesters all over the U.S. It's happened to some friends of mine. And there's often a fine line between injury and death.

Freedom of speech? Freedom of assembly? Really?!

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