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The murder of 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee

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December 29, 2012 marked the 122nd Anniversary of the murder of 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. These 297 people, in their winter camp, were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection”. The slaughter began after the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms. The Calvary began shooting, and managed to wipe out the entire camp. Two hundred of the 297 victims were women and children. About 40 members of the 7th Cavalry were killed, but over half of them were victims of fratricide from the Hotchkiss guns of their overzealous comrades-in-arms. Twenty members of the 7th Cavalry's death squad were deemed “National Heroes” and were awarded the Medal of Honor for their acts of ‘heroism’.

We hear very little of Wounded Knee today. It is usually not mentioned in our history classes or books.

What little that does exist about Wounded Knee is normally a sanitized “Official Government Explanation”.

And there are several historically inaccurate depictions of the events leading up to the massacre which

appear in movie scripts and are not the least bit representative of the actual events that took place that day.

Wounded Knee was among the first federally backed gun confiscation attempts in

United States history. It ended in the senseless murder of 297 people.

Before you jump on the emotionally charged bandwagon for gun-control, take a moment to reflect on the real purpose of the Second Amendment, the right of the people to take up arms in defense of themselves, their families, and property in the face of an invading army or an oppressive government. The argument that the Second Amendment only applies to hunting and target shooting is asinine. When the United States Constitution was drafted, hunting was an everyday chore carried out by men and women to put meat on the table each night and target shooting was an unheard of concept. Musket balls were a precious commodity and were certainly not wasted on target shooting. The Second Amendment was written by people who fled oppressive and tyrannical regimes in Europe and it refers to the right of American citizens to be armed, should such tyranny arise in the United States.

As time goes forward, the average citizen in the United States continually loses little chunks of personal freedom or “liberty”. Far too many times, unjust gun control bills were passed and signed into law under the guise of “for your safety or protection”. The Patriot Act signed into law by G.W. Bush, was expanded and continues under Barack Obama. It is just one of many examples of American citizens being stripped of their rights and privacy. Now, the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is on the table and will most likely be attacked to facilitate the path for the removal of our firearms, all in the name of safety.

Before we blindly accept whatever new firearms legislation that is about to be doled out, we should

stop and think about something for just one minute. Evil does exist in our world. It always has and

always will. Throughout history evil people have committed evil acts. In the Bible one of

the first stories is that of Cain killing Abel. We cannot legislate evil into extinction.

Good people will abide by the law and the criminal element will not.

Evil exists all around us, but looking back at the historical record of the past 200 years, across the globe, evil and malevolence is most often found in the hands of those with the power, the governments. That greatest human tragedies on record and the largest loss of innocent human life can be attributed to governments. Who do the governments always target? Scapegoats and enemies within their own border, but only after they have been disarmed to the point where they are no longer a threat. Ask any Native American, and they will tell you it was inferior technology and lack of arms that contributed to their demise. Ask any Armenian why it was so easy for the Turks to exterminate millions of them and they will answer “We were disarmed before it happened”. Ask any Jew what Hitler’s first step prior to the mass murders of the Holocaust was. The confiscation of firearms from the people.

Wounded Knee is the prime example of why the Second Amendment exists and

why we should vehemently resist any attempts to infringe on our Rights to Bear Arms.

Without the Second Amendment we will be stripped of any ability to defend ourselves.


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Runaround_

Apr 11 @ 9:25AM  
I read the story of Wounded Knee, good blog LRR
sugarnspice005

Apr 11 @ 9:56AM  
Yes, I became aware of how much we were not taught in school in our history when I started doing my own reading. Wounded Knee and Trail of Tears are heartbreaking stories to read about.

At the time the Constitution was written, there were no M-16's, or AK-47's, the semi-automatic to fully automatic weapons didn't exist then. So, when the 2nd Amendment was written, our founding fathers didn't have any knowledge of just how advanced weapons would become. Myself, I don't care what kind of a gun a person owns, that is their business. But it's MY business to be safe. And I don't believe in taking away a person's right to own a weapon, unless said person has already been convicted of a felony, AND, they are deemed mentally unstable by a physician. Also, anyone convicted of intentionally taking another life, aka, murder in the 1st degree, should automatically get life with no parole period. At the least.

sawduster

Apr 11 @ 1:13PM  
LR, I've been watching our liberties erode more in the last 20 years than anytime in the last 200 plus. In part because times and circumstances have changed. But taking away our right to keep and bear arms in any fashion, for those who do not commit crimes, or use those weapons for harm is just WRONG. Personally, I see no need for a 30 round clip in a semi-automatic weapon, or an automatic that will spew over 1000 rounds a minute. A hunter usually gets one shot at the target, and maybe two if it is wounded and can't get away quick enough.

The old bit about if you outlaw guns, only criminals will have guns just doesn't hold water to me. Yes they will have guns, but if you have one in your home and know how to use it, wouldn't it be nice to leave their blood on the carpet instead of yours?
MsPat

Apr 12 @ 5:44AM  
It is very hard to pick out just one part of this blog that is outstanding ... it is all so very true

"We cannot legislate evil into extinction.

Good people will abide by the law and the criminal element will not.

The Second Amendment was written by people who fled oppressive and tyrannical regimes in Europe and it refers to the right of American citizens to be armed, should such tyranny arise in the United States.

Wounded Knee was among the first federally backed gun confiscation attempts in

United States history. It ended in the senseless murder of 297 people"

We must learn from past mistakes.



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