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Guns, history and our military

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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:00 am

In memory of hundreds of people who lost their lives at Wounded Knee Creek, S.D. on Dec. 29, 1890, I would like to display a historical example of gun control which resulted when a group of peaceful people who were seeking self-governance, land and a God-given right to pray were disarmed.

The Lakota people who gave their surrender acted in trust that the people of the U.S. Cavalry, who held a position of public trust, would honorably accept their peaceful surrender, and most of them lost their lives for doing so.

Today, in the news media and entertainment, I have observed that the blame for senseless shootings is placed upon the guns, while the men or women who pull the trigger are labeled as "gunmen," thus invoking a psychological effect within the news "report." Subsequently, U.S. citizens knowingly and unknowingly support the legislation which follows.

In the Wounded Knee Creek massacre, the gunmen who operated the Gatling guns were the U.S. Cavalry, who carried the U.S. flag, while the U.S. citizenry approved.

It is worth mentioning that the U.S. Cavalry had responded to the Ghost Dance, and at one nervous moment before the U.S. Cavalry opened fire with their Gatling guns, one of the Lakota was dancing. The U.S. Cavalry had not made an effort to comprehend the true nature of the Ghost Dance as being a form of prayer.

Today, are not our trusted public servants comprised of people just the same? In the case of the politicians who create public policy, and the military which may or may not be acting by their orders, are their judgments not susceptible to human psychology in politics and greed?

Daniel Hutchins

Acampo

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