Students had rocks; “American Patriots” had assault rifles
Today, May 4, 2020, marks the 50th Anniversary of the Kent State Massacre.
On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard opened fire on unarmed college students at Kent State University during a mass protest against the bombing in neutral Cambodia by the United States. Twenty-eight Guard soldiers fired approximately 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.
Some of the students who were shot were protesting against the Cambodian Campaign, which President Richard Nixon announced during a television address on April 30. Other students who were shot had been walking nearby or observing the protest from a distance.
Fifty years later, hundreds of heavily armed protesters stormed the Michigan State Capitol in opposition to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s order extending closures of theaters, bars, casinos, and more amid COVID-19 outbreak, intimidating law makers and others,
Heavily out-armed, Capitol police and other law enforcement officials were overwhelmed, standing by while being yelled at and harassed as the protesters who called their demonstration the “American Patriot Rally,” and were tacitly supported by President Donald Trump, entered the Capitol, guns in tow.
The protesters had to leave behind their banners and signs before entering the Capitol chambers because signs and banners not allowed in the Capitol building. Guns, including assault weapons however, are permissible.
Fifty years is a long time; lots has changed. Both Kent State and Lansing were legal protests. The difference: The students at Kent State were armed with rocks. The “American Patriots” in Lansing were armed with AR-15’s. Can you imagine if one of the officers guarding the Capitol, intimidated and bullied, blinked and did something aggressive?
I cannot even imagine.