I remember well my parents talking about Kent State. To them it was simple logic. There are well-armed National Guard with guns. Looking at you. Students start throwing rocks. Bad idea. A wise student would thus retreat, go back to the dorm. You do not throw rocks at anyone. Not at well-armed National Guard troops. Nothing nuanced about this. Not that they were unsympathetic, but a “teachable moment” for me. You behave when the police request you to do something. You do not run. But then I grew up believing “my home was my castle”… no eminent domain our way. You could shoot intruders. We left our doors unlocked, because where I grew up, that was how it was. Keys in cars, doors unlocked. Oh, the good old days.
Today is the 40th anniversary of the anti-war protests at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. For those of you under 40, May4.org has the history recap:
On May 4, 1970 the Ohio National Guard opened fire into a busy college campus during a school day. A total of 67 shots were fired in 13 seconds. Four students: Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, William Schroeder, and Sandra Scheuer were killed. Nine students were wounded.