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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


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  • dave howard posted at 8:06 pm on Sun, Jan 27, 2013.

    dave howard Posts: 25

    anyone remember kent state in 1970? that's right, are government
    killed 4 unarmed kid and wounded 11 more.

  • Andrew Liebich posted at 11:23 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    And think...some will actually argue that they aren't attempting to "really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way."

  • daniel hutchins posted at 10:51 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    Thank you Andrew.

    In yesterday's argument, I don't think anyone really got that.

    Neither do people get the purpose of the 2nd amendment, which is to enable the building of a militia.

  • Andrew Liebich posted at 10:08 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    The "government" killed 200 women and children at Wounded Knee and yet there was no nationwide agenda launched to take away the "governments" guns.

    Excellent letter Daniel.

  • daniel hutchins posted at 8:06 pm on Wed, Jan 23, 2013.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    ditto my response to Joanne.
    (Sorry for the double post.)

  • daniel hutchins posted at 8:05 pm on Wed, Jan 23, 2013.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342


  • daniel hutchins posted at 8:04 pm on Wed, Jan 23, 2013.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    The US cavalry sustained about 25 dead after having seized virtually all of the weapons.
    They shot themselves in a cross-fire.

  • daniel hutchins posted at 8:03 pm on Wed, Jan 23, 2013.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    I’ll give you a chance to demonstrate that you words have some meaning and weight.
    I don’t see the difference between a US “government” who seized most of the weapons from about 400 people, and the same US “government” if they would seize most of the weapons from 300 million people.
    Would you like to illustrate a fundamental understanding, or sophistication and critical judgment, that is lacking?

    1. Lacking worldly experience and understanding...
    2. Showing or characterized by a lack of sophistication and critical judgment.

  • Patrick W Maple posted at 5:21 pm on Wed, Jan 23, 2013.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    Again ms bobbin, the LUNACY of almost knowing something...when in actuality you know NOTHING about the Native American cultures and histories. Do not equate the treatment of Tribal Peoples to the treatment of those murdered during the holocaust.

    You stated: "and finally the reduction of an entire culture into one that is dependent upon government entitlements"...that is just a plainly stupid comment. The Cherokee tribe for one has survived and thrived as a self governed entity...learn something about just how prosperous before you denegrate their successes.

    The people killed during the holocaust deserve a singular recognition and a non-comparative status...NOTHING compares to what was done to them in such a short time.

    NOTHING compares to what was done to so many Native Tribes for over 400 years. We survived and thrive and deserve that recognition.

  • Thomas Heuer posted at 2:18 pm on Wed, Jan 23, 2013.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1675

    I agree with Joanne. The History of our relations with the native American populations and culture is as contemptuous as our legacy of slavery. However to equate the relinquishing of guns has any relation to the current talk of gun regulating fails to recognize that we were the ones that took the guns so we are not as trusting as the native Americans were. Just goes to our tendancy to depravity like justifying and using torture and rendition.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 1:52 pm on Wed, Jan 23, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    I don't know about entertaining, but the massacre at Wounded Knee was much more than an effort to take guns away from the Lakota Sioux and to compare it to modern-day gun control efforts is naive at best.

    The systematic extermination of Native Americans, their subjugation into what any other culture would term concentration camps rather than "reservations," the confiscation of their lands and the continual moving of tribes to undesirable lands and finally the reduction of an entire culture into one that is dependent upon government entitlements should be the biggest shame this nation has committed in our history.

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 11:21 am on Wed, Jan 23, 2013.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    Of course the double-posting was not intentional.

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 11:14 am on Wed, Jan 23, 2013.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    As always, Mr. Hutchins is entertaining.

  • daniel hutchins posted at 12:14 am on Wed, Jan 23, 2013.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    dead: 300-400 (According to Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown)
    Survivors: 25-125?


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