Four Dead In Ohio
The Guard opens fire. Photo by John Darnell
Today marks the 45th anniversary of the Kent State shootings in Ohio, wherein National Guardsmen fired over 60 times into a crowd of unarmed college students peacefully protesting an illegal war, wounding nine and killing four: Jeffrey Miller, Allison Krause, Sandy Scheuer and Bill Schroeder. A subsequent investigation featured chilling, conflicted testimony from Guardsmen on the alleged order to fire that day, from "it was a military operation" to "I thought I heard the command to fire" to "Sergeant Pryor said, 'If they rush us, shoot them.'" But despite decades of efforts by a Kent State Truth Tribunal, the U.S. government has declined to accept responsibility for the killings, and in 2012 the Justice Department refused to reopen the case, citing “insurmountable legal and evidentiary barriers." Meanwhile, the state-sanctioned killing of America's children goes on apace - the Guard then, the cops now. Neil Young: "Soldiers are cutting us down."