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Psychiatric Drugs And Mass Shootings; List Of Negative Side Effects From SSRI’S Includes Suicide, Violence, Mania, Aggressiveness, Anxiety, Impulsive Behaviour, Dr. Peter Breggin, MD

Psychiatric Drugs And Mass Shootings; List Of Negative Side Effects From SSRI’S Includes Suicide, Violence, Mania, Aggressiveness, Anxiety, Impulsive Behaviour, Dr. Peter Breggin, MD

Psychiatric Drugs and Mass Shootings

Fact: At least fourteen recent school shootings were committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in 109 wounded and 58 killed (in other school shootings, information about their drug use was never made public—neither confirming or refuting if they were under the influence of prescribed drugs.)
Fact: Between 2004 and 2011, there have been over 11,000 reports to the U.S. FDA’s MedWatch system of psychiatric drug side effects related to violence. These include 300 cases of homicide, nearly 3,000 cases of mania and over 7,000 cases of aggression. Note: By the FDA’s own admission, only 1-10% of side effects are ever reported to the FDA, so the actual number of side effects occurring are most certainly higher. http://www.cchr.org/


The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Mass Shootings Dr. Peter Breggin, MD

Psychiatric Drugs And Mass Murder: Exploring The Connection
As the country reels from news of yet another senseless mass killing in suburban Milwaukee, coming on the heels of the even more deadly massacre in Aurora, Colorado, Americans are left to wonder what could possibly be responsible for this outbreak of bloody insanity and murder. But as terrible as these two incidents were, they have an undeniable ring of familiarity about them – since the year 2000, there have been twenty-six cases of mass murder (four or more victims) in the United States, as opposed to twenty combined during the 1980s and 1990s. And before the 1980s, mass killing sprees were actually quite rare in this country, usually averaging no more than one or two per decade. So it appears we are looking at a trend of madness that began approximately thirty years ago and has been picking up steam every since. In a shockingly high number of the most infamous cases of mass atrocity that have been committed on U.S. soil in recent years, the perpetrators were people who had been in treatment for psychiatric disorders and had been under the influence of powerful, mind-altering psychiatric drugs in the weeks and months leading up to their deadly violent outbursts.


Suboxone is used to treat addiction to opioid drugs such as heroin. It’s adverse effects include anxiety, irritability, depersonalization, confusion, suicidal thoughts and irrational, sometimes violent behavior. Other drugs linked to mass killers have more often been geared toward treating mental illness. According to a data set of U.S. mass shootings from 1982-2012 prepared by Mother Jones magazine, of 62 mass shootings carried out by 64 shooters, the majority of the shooters (41) were noted to have signs of possible mental illness — the precise kinds of mental illnesses that psychotropic medications are prescribed for.
Louisiana—Another Psychiatric Drug, Another Mass Shooting
John Russell Houser killed two and injured nine others yesterday when he opened fire in a Lafayette, LA, movie theater, before killing himself. Like too many other horrific shooting incidents, Houser has a history of mental health “treatment,” and according to documents from 2008 filed in court by his estranged wife, Kellie Maddox Houser, he “has a history of mental problems (manic depressant and bipolar)” and was being “prescribed medication to take daily.”
The overwhelming evidence points to the signal largest common factor in all of these incidents is the fact that all of the perpetrators were either actively taking powerful psychotropic drugs or had been at some point in the immediate past before they committed their crimes….”
35 School shooters/school related violence committed by those under the influence of psychiatric drugs
At least 35 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence have been committed by those taking orwithdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in 169 wounded and 79 killed (in other school shootings, information about their drug use was never made public—neither confirming or refuting if they were under the influence of prescribed drugs). The most important fact about this list, is that these are only cases where the information about their psychiatric drug use was made public. (See full list below) The below list includes individuals documented to have been under the influence of psychiatric drugs and not only includes mass shootings, but the use of knives, swords and bombs. 22 international drug regulatory agency warnings cite side effects including mania, violence, psychosis and even homicidal ideation.

Dramatic Increase of Mass Shootings in America: The Role of Prescription Psychiatric Drugs?
Three-fold Increase in Mass Shootings in Step with Increased Psychiatric Drugging

For instance, at the same time that mass-shootings have increased in the U.S., so has the use of prescription psychiatric drugs. If one considers this list of well-publicized shootings between 1999 and 2013, it is clearly evident that the majority of these shooters were either taking, or strongly suspected of taking, mind-altering psychiatric drugs. The data that reinforce the psychiatric drugs and violence connection is overwhelming.

SSRI Stories is a collection of over 6,000 stories that have appeared in the media (newspapers, TV, scientific journals) in which prescription drugs were mentioned and in which the drugs may be linked to a variety of adverse outcomes including violence.


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Only 1 to 10 percent of actual number of events are reported to the FDA, so these numbers can be multiplied by ?????

Even though it is a legal requirement to inform patients of the dangerous side effects of psychiatric drugs it is very often not done, so here is a way to help your friends or loved ones see the official side effects of any psychiatric drug. Please see and share link to this article or this link…
Suicidality, violence and mania caused by selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs): A review and analysis 
List of Side Effects From SSRI Drugs
One serious side effect applies to women who are pregnant: If taken during pregnancy, SSRIs are shown to cause one or more birth defects. SSRIs can also cause suicidal thoughts and actions, especially in teenagers……In severe cases, patients will have a collection of symptoms called SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome, which can last up to several weeks. According to a panel studying this condition, “Physical symptoms include problems with balance, gastrointestinal and flu-like symptoms, and sensory and sleep disturbances. Psychological symptoms include anxiety and/or agitation, crying spells, irritability and aggressiveness.


Still at Large: Are Psychiatric Drugs the Hidden Culprit in Mass Shootings?

A powerful and sensitive topic, Kelly Hayford, CNC presents the “following information about the dangerous side effects associated with psychiatric drugs and school shootings. It is [her] way of metaphorically jumping on the next potential shooter before they get a gun in their hands.”
Wikipedia; “Meta analyses of short duration randomized clinical trials have found that SSRI use is related to a higher risk of suicidal behavior in children and adolescents.[62][63][64] For instance, a 2004 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analysis of clinical trials on children with major depressive disorder found statistically significant increases of the risks of “possible suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior” by about 80%, and of agitation and hostility by about 130%;[65]
Because of the wide therapeutic index of the SSRIs, most patients will have mild or no symptoms following moderate overdoses. The most commonly reported severe effect following SSRI overdose is serotonin syndrome; serotonin toxicity is usually associated with very high overdoses or multiple drug ingestion.[98] Other reported significant effects include coma, seizures, and cardiac toxicity.[95]
The SSRIs, in decreasing toxicity in overdose, can be listed as follows:[99]



https://youtu.be/z_XFfdkJXnM 6 min.

Dr. Gary Kohls urges people to avoid using SSRIs. They are addictive and they alter the brain.


Polypharmacy And The Rise And Fall Of US Health/Life Indicators; via @AGreenRoad

The Drugging Of Our Children – Dr Gary Null; via @AGreenRoad

Heavy Metal Toxicity Explored And Explained; via @AGreenRoad

Supreme Court Approves Forced Payment To Big Pharma; via @AGreenRoad

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The Marketing of Madness: The Truth About Psychotropic Drugs


Lexapro Side Effects

Adult and pediatric patients receiving antidepressants for MDD, as well as for psychiatric and nonpsychiatric indications, have reported symptoms that may be precursors to emerging suicidality, including anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, akathisia, hypomania, and mania.


Kids, Schools, Drugs And Guns, A Very Profitable And Deadly Combination

Comparing Ownership of Firearms And Guns, To Vehicles, Education, Mentally Ill, Medical Care, Renting Movies And Gym Memberships

Lessons From The Tragic Shooting in Newtown, Conneticut

Bowling For Columbine; Michael Moore

30% of all Guns Used In Crime Come From Gun Shows; via A Green Road

Police Chief Scott Knight Talks About Gun Violence; via A Green Road

Trayvon Martin; Brutal Murder, or Justified Defense of Life?

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as a RIGHT for all of their citizens, but not the US. Why not? If a tiny and poor country like El Salvador can provide absolutely free healthcare for everyone, with no monthly premiums or copays, so can the US. What is standing in the way? Greed. When the motive of greed plus profits are associated with ill health, there will be no cures and no free anything, because the longer a person can stay ill, the more obscene profits can be ‘extracted’, cut out, burned with chemicals and/or radiated. 
CREDO: “Just days after he purchased a drug for pregnant women and AIDS patients and announced he would jack up the price from $13.50 to $750 per pill, Martin Shkreli was tweeting about private planes and $20,000 bottles of wine.1 His obnoxious and ostentatious display of the worst of capitalism earned the 32-year-old former hedge fund manager the nickname “The Pharma Bro.”

Progressive Rep. Elijah Cummings had another word for Shkreli’s actions: “criminal.” He has called for congressional hearings, and he is pushing a strong bill – the Prescription Drug Affordability Act of 2015 – to crack down on all the “Pharma Bros” who profit off the sickness of others.2,3
Rep. Cummings’s new bill would force companies to be transparent about their pricing and allow Medicare to bargain prices down, and is being co-sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders. Pharma industry lobbyists and profit vultures like Shkreli will be fighting this one tooth and nail, so we are teaming up with our friends at National People’s Action to show that Americans demand an end to pharmaceutical drug price gouging.”

Tell Congress: No more “pharma bros.” Pass the Prescription Drug Affordability Act of 2015. Click here to sign the petition.

Insurance companies, hospitals and big pharma drug organizations write the laws that mandate all drugs prescribed through government health programs have to be purchased via the highest retail price and never any less. The US government is not allowed to put anything out to bid, nor take the lowest offer even if a bid arrangement is offered. Big Pharma makes up obscene prices for drugs and procedures, by pulling them out of the air, just because they can. No one can tell them that anything they do is too expensive. Too bad that poor people and even the middle class cannot afford expensive surgery, tests, healthcare or drugs, because Big Pharma does not care. 
Welfare, food stamps and social safety net programs are all bad or ‘evil’, except when taxpayer money is given to huge corporations at a rate ten times higher than any social program, in the form of corporate welfare and entitlements. Just how bad is this situation? Find out more at…

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Corporations have just two interests; cut costs and raise short term profits. Huge monopolistic corporations guarantee huge profits plus zero accountability by making themselves immune to all lawsuits.  Preventing dis-ease, preventing harm and/or finding low cost or free solutions is not part of the equation in the modern dis-ease management system in the US and other countries that use greed as the only criteria.

The chief motive for selling patented drugs is profit, and the main focus is on how to keep on doing that, due to the high profits involved. The temptation is to cover up the harm caused by SSRI drugs, including mental or emotional negative side effects, such as suicide, aggression, violence, mania, etc. 
Combine easy access to cheap guns, an increasing rate of mental illness, plus patent drugs that have many negative side effects, and it should be no surprise that the suicide rate and mass shootings in public spaces keeps on increasing in the US.

30,000 people a year are killed by guns in the US per year, and one mass shooting happens every day. There are so many mass shootings, that only the worst ones are now reported, and the rest are completely or mostly ignored. Expect more of these things, as long as this situation is not changed. People seem to have become numb to the increasing violence and death rate, which greatly exceeds any war casualties.. Why is that? 

When and if people get tired of all the greed and corruption, and they stand up and demand change, it will happen, otherwise, enjoy the musical sound of crickets in the background, combined with the gun shots and screams of the dying teachers and kids in schools. 


Activist Teach In; 30 Things Anyone Can Do To Make A Positive Difference

Tell Congress: No more “pharma bros.” Pass the Prescription Drug Affordability Act of 2015. Click here to sign the petition

What would it take to get the following free or very low cost, sustainable solutions included in the for profit dis-ease medical industrial system?


(NaturalNews) Depression is a ubiquitous condition that afflicts millions of Americans, many of whom have been convinced by the psychiatric industry that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and various other antidepressant drugs are their only options for treatment and healing. Truth be told, there are a number of herbal alternatives to these dangerous pharmaceuticals that have been scientifically proven to help remediate depression naturally, and without causing negative side effects.
Cannabis sativa
Cannabis sativa is an annual herbaceous plant in the Cannabaceae family. People have cultivated cannabis sativa throughout recorded history as a source of industrial fibre, seed oil, food, recreation, religious and spiritual enlightenment, and medicine. Each part of the plant is harvested differently, depending on the purpose of its use. Although the main psychoactive constituent of Cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the plant is known to contain about sixty cannabinoids; however, most of these “minor” cannabinoids are only produced in trace amounts.
Some therapeutic uses of sativas:
Reduces depression, elevates mood
Relieves headaches and migraines
Relieves menstrual cramps
Energises and stimulates
Increases focus and creativity
Reduces nausea
Stimulates appetite
cancer killer

Communist China offers their patients the choice between herbs, energy healing and other modalities, and there is no monopoly there in the hospitals. Why is Communist China more free than the US when it comes to health and healing choices? 

[PBS] The Mystery of Chi Energy, Known As The Life Force And Chinese Healing System – Bill Moyers

Regular exercise and switching to an organic, whole food diet plus doing what you love for a living all has a positive impact on mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. Maybe someday, that will be the ONLY focus of medical professionals, instead of the for profit patent drugs, radiation, chemo, vaccines and surgery. Remember to talk with your doctor before attempting to take any ‘natural’ herbs, especially if you are on medications. 

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Psychiatric Drugs And Mass Shootings; List Of Negative Side Effects From SSRI’S Includes Suicide, Violence, Mania, Aggressiveness, Anxiety, Impulsive Behaviour, Dr. Peter Breggin, MD

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Violence, Riots And/Or Revolution Often Starts With Young People On College Campuses Or In The Streets Protesting – Berkeley Protests, Kent State Shooting, Baltimore Riots

Violence, Riots And/Or Revolution Often Starts With Young People On College Campuses Or In The Streets Protesting – Berkeley Protests, Kent State Shooting, Baltimore Riots


Large, nationwide inequality, peace and justice movements have long been suppressed in the US. Peace and justice leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or Malcolm X are more often assassinated and despised plus spied on rather than being held up and honored as the heroes that they are.


In this video, Malcolm X was talking about racism, bigotry and inequality, plus a ‘colonial’ mindset in America, many years ago. Have things gotten better? Are they the same? Or have they gotten worse recently?

Small peaceful protests are still legal and permissible with a permit in cities and towns, but when it gets past that point, the resistance to change grows and leaders of the peace movement are often taken out, through assassination. Can Americans look at black men in groups carrying guns, the same way that they look at groups of white men carrying guns, in that they are solely for self protection? 

Historically, large peace, justice and equality movements in the US have had their leader taken out. 

Civil Trial Verdict: Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK) Was Assassinated by US Government


There is a blowback and very dark consequences to using the CIA as the President’s own private assassination squad, to do ‘hits’ on foreign countries democratically elected leaders, and then put in place brutal dictators. 
CIA Used To Assassinate Foreign Democratically Elected Leaders And Install US Friendly Dictators
What is that blowback that comes from assassinating foreign leaders in secret? Guess what? The same people in the secret underworld of spy agencies can and will do the same thing to anyone else they don’t like, especially those who are against them doing things like invading Cuba illegally, and assassinating foreign leaders. 
Dark Legacy Movie; How And Why The Coverup Of John F. Kennedy (JFK) Assassination Was Accomplished Via Skull And Bones Member/CIA
Bobby Kennedy, ‘Evidence of Murder’ Movie – CIA Links to John Kennedy Assassination?

SPEECH by President Obama; Closing of the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

…As Americans, we are strong and we are resilient. And when tragedy strikes, when we take a hit, we pull together, and we draw on what’s best in our character — our optimism, our commitment to each other, our commitment to our values, our respect for one another. We stand up, and we rebuild, and we recover, and we emerge stronger than before. That’s who we are. (Applause.)

Conversely, there are terrorists who’ve come from extraordinarily wealthy backgrounds, like Osama bin Laden. What’s true, though, is that when millions of people — especially youth — are impoverished and have no hope for the future, when corruption inflicts daily humiliations on people, when there are no outlets by which people can express their concerns, resentments fester. The risk of instability and extremism grow. 
Where young people have no education, they are more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and radical ideas, because it’s not tested against anything else, they’ve got nothing to weigh.So if we’re going to prevent people from being susceptible to the false promises of extremism, then the international community has to offer something better. And the United States intends to do its part. 
We will keep promoting development and growth that is broadly shared, so more people can provide for their families. We’ll keep leading a global effort against corruption, because the culture of the bribe has to be replaced by good governance that doesn’t favor certain groups over others. Countries have to truly invest in the education and skills and job training that our extraordinary young people need. 
And by the way, that’s boys and girls, and men and women, because countries will not be truly successful if half their populations — if their girls and their women are denied opportunity. (Applause.) And America will continue to forge new partnerships in entrepreneurship and innovation, and science and technology, so young people from Morocco to Malaysia can start new businesses and create more prosperity. 
Just as we address economic grievances, we need to face a third challenge — and that’s addressing the political grievances that are exploited by terrorists. When governments oppress their people, deny human rights, stifle dissent, or marginalize ethnic and religious groups, or favor certain religious groups over others, it sows the seeds of extremism and violence. It makes those communities more vulnerable to recruitment. Terrorist groups claim that change can only come through violence. And if peaceful change is impossible, that plays into extremist propaganda.
So the essential ingredient to real and lasting stability and progress is not less democracy; it’s more democracy. (Applause.) It’s institutions that uphold the rule of law and apply justice equally. It’s security forces and police that respect human rights and treat people with dignity. It’s free speech and strong civil societies where people can organize and assemble and advocate for peaceful change. It’s freedom of religion where all people can practice their faith without fear and intimidation. (Applause.) All of this is part of countering violent extremism....
But after 238 years, it should be obvious — America has overcome much bigger challenges, and we’ll overcome the ones that we face today. We will stay united and committed to the ideals that have shaped us for more than two centuries, including the opportunity and justice and dignity of every single human being.

Hate Groups Map; USA


NRA And Tea Party Supporters Kill 2 Police In Las Vegas Killing Spree; Claim That The Revolution Has Started




President Obama Says This Is Nothing New. He Blames Decades of Inequality, Poverty, No Jobs, Drugs, Etc.

It is time for soul searching and lifting up the communities where inequality, poverty, discrimination, fatherlessness, failed drug war and joblessness that exceeds 50% of young people is a rampant problem.

This riot is the symptom of what happens when money is diverted to the military industrial complex, and away from education, jobs, training, etc. 


When peaceful change is not possible, and the people are no longer represented in the politics of a nation, violence is the only outlet in many peoples minds. Very few students are taught about the power of peace making and non violent change in communities or a nation, much less international relations. 

Mahatma Gandhi – His Life, Truth, Peace, Non Violence Teachings And Successes; via @AGreenRoad

President Obama is not addressing the deep, fundamental, systemic and broken political system inside of the US. People are no longer represented inside the US on a national level, only huge corporations are.  President Obama is focusing all of his energy outwards, against terrorists, and taking them out by force, with violence and assassinations. 
American Professor And Italian Killed By Drones – UNMANNED: America’s Drone Wars (full movie, synopsis and movie review)
It would better serve President Obama and any other President after him to focus inside the US. He could build bridges over the deep rifts and Grand Canyons that divides this nation. He could do much to heal the huge gaping chest wound that is the heart of America. 
Instead, the focus of the politicians seems to be to increase the militarized control of the entire nation, giving more power to corporations, thus deepening the divide and putting a bandaid over the chest wound, as the patient dies, with nice speeches and a Nobel Peace Prize award dinner. 
Instead of focusing on increasing the positive things such as community, peace, love, happiness and harmony, the trends seem to all be going negative, towards fascism, fear, hatred, stress, lack and top down control.  President Obama supports the TPP, which will further enable these huge corporations causing all of the problems to expand their absolute power and control globally. 
Open Letter; 15 Reasons Why Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Is The Worst Idea Possible As Another Trade Agreement

What about the solution? Well, there is no room for that, not yet.. Got to sell more weapons, shoot off more DU dust, and spend 1 TRILLION on nuclear weapons, plus more on new nuclear plants.

The Force And Power Of Love; via A Green Road


Senior center ruins: Monday’s riot was the latest flare-up over the death of Gray and came amid a national debate over police use of force following the high-profile deaths of several black men in encounters with police – from the Brown death in Ferguson to the deaths of Eric Garner in New York and Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina

How And Why Police Brutality, Violence, Killing of Unarmed Civilians And Grand Juries Finding Them Innocent Backfires


Wikipedia; “The Berkeley riots were a series of protests at the University of California, Berkeley, and Berkeley, California, in the 1960s. Many of these protests were a small part of the larger Free Speech Movement, which had national implications and constituted the onset of the counterculture era. These riots were headed under the informal leadership of students Mario Savio, Jack Weinberg, Brian Turner, Bettina Aptheker, Steve Weissman, Art Goldberg, Jackie Goldberg, and others.


The Berkeley riots can be generally defined by three single, yet interrelated events: the Civil Rights Movement, the Free Speech Movement, and the Vietnam war protests in Berkeley, California.[1] The Berkeley riots were not the first demonstrations to be held in, and around the University of California Campus. Since before World War II, students had demonstrated at the university. 

1930’s Student Protests

In the 1930s, the students at Berkeley led massive demonstrations protesting the United States ending its disarmament policy and the approaching war.[2] Throughout the course of World War II, these demonstrations continued with the addition of strikes against fascism; however, they were largely symbolic in form.[2] This can be inferred as the student groups leading these demonstrations did not necessarily seek, nor did they expect their demonstrations to result in change. 

1950’s Student Protests

Nevertheless, this passive approach to demonstration changed in the 1950s at the height of the McCarthy era. From 1949 to 1950, students and teaching assistants at UC Berkeley rallied against the anti-communist loyalty oath that professors were forced to take at the university. Up until the Berkeley riots, these demonstrations were the largest student protests witnessed in the United States.[1] Considering the relatively high presence of demonstrations on the Berkeley campus in its history, and the fact that it had already been the site of the largest student demonstration in the United States, it provided a perfect site to nurture the Berkeley riots.

1960’s Student Protests

The Berkeley Riots were ultimately several different student activist protests in and around the University of California Berkeley Campus.
Sheraton Palace Demonstration
The Sheraton Palace Demonstration was essentially the first event in the Berkeley Riots. The protests were in response to the racially discriminatory hiring practices used by the hotel. The protesters sought equal hiring practices, and for the hotel to have black individuals in executive positions. Approximately 4000 people were involved with the protest and occupation of the hotel. Though the demonstration was organized by the Ad Hoc Committee to End Discrimination , a high percentage of individuals involved in the protest were members of the student population of the Berkeley campus.[3][4]
Ban of tables on Bancroft and Telegraph
The administration of UC Berkeley believed that on campus political advocacy was partially to blame for the high percentage of student involvement in the widely media publicized Sheraton Palace demonstration. In response to such student political activity, on September 16, 1964, Dean of Students Katherine Towle released a letter stating that political activity and organization was no longer permitted on the corner of Bancroft and Telegraph. This intersection had served for years as a gathering place for students to hand out pamphlets and organize for political means. In protest of the recent ban on political activity and on-campus political organizations, the student group, CORE, erected a table in front of Sproul Hall.[3]

Arrest of Jack Weinberg

On Thursday October 1, 1964, Jack Weinberg, the chairman of Campus CORE, was sitting at the CORE table in front of Sproul Hall and was arrested for violating the University’s new rules regarding student political activism. Before the police car containing Weinberg could leave the plaza, students around the car sat down, preventing it from leaving. Throughout the night and into the next day, students, including Mario Savio, gave speeches from atop the car calling for free speech on campus. During that time, as many as 7000 people (mostly students) congregated in the plaza watching the spectacle and listening to the speeches.[5] On the evening of October 2, 1964, approximately twenty-four hours later, representatives of political groups on campus signed an agreement with the administration regarding student free speech, which was dubbed the Pact of October 2.[3]

Occupation of Sproul Hall

The student occupation of Sproul Hall on December 2, 1964 was the largest single demonstration organized by the Free Speech Movement.[3] The demonstration was in response to the proposed expulsion of Jack Weinberg and other members of the Free Speech Movement and other student political groups for their involvement in the recent protests on the Berkeley campus, as well as for the Universities refusal to drop charges against student political group leaders. The initial plan was to occupy the hall for a single night; however, the protesters were prepared for a two- to three-day demonstration and siege of Sproul Hall.[5] Ultimately, 1500 students occupied Sproul Hall before being removed by police. In all, 773 student activists were arrested for their involvement in this event.[3]

Vietnam Day March

The Vietnam Day march was the ultimate achievement of the Vietnam Day Committee. The committee was formed on May 22, 1965 during a two-day-long protest of the Vietnam War on the Berkeley campus.[3] The march occurred on November 21, 1965. After several failed attempts due to blockades by police and the National Guard, the Vietnam day committee was able to organize a march through the streets of Oakland, California. This march was monumental, as over 10,000 people marched showing their protest of the war, thus making it the first large-scale demonstration of negative public opinion of the Vietnam War.[3]
Other notable events[edit]
• March down Telegraph Avenue – October 15, 1965 Berkeley, CA
• March on Oakland Army Terminal – November 1965 Berkeley & Oakland, CA
• Stop the Draft Week – October 1967 Oakland, CA

Black Panther Party

The Black Panther Party, founded by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton in late 1966, aimed to improve civil rights of African Americans and to rid police brutality against African Americans, especially in the Oakland area. Through their Ten Point Program, the Black Panthers were able to establish a foundation for their organization as a whole. The Black Panther Party used the technique of social agitation, in the form of vigilantism, their survival programs, and more broadly to influence the Civil Rights Movement.
Their organization and establishment inspired the Berkeley students, and led to cohesion between the two groups. The event epitomizing this cohesion was the Sheraton Palace demonstration, in San Francisco, California. The Berkeley Students involved in the various student groups (I.E. SLATE & CORE) and the members of the Black Panther Party united to protest outside the hotel while meetings between the administration board were being conducted inside. The goal of the protest was to advance the job opportunities of African Americans within the hotel through the use of social agitation. The protest proved successful, as the Hotel eventually signed an agreement allowing African Americans opportunities to not only advance but also to be hired into managerial positions.


The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was one of the principal organizations of the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. There is evidence that many of the students involved in the Berkeley riots acquired their spirit of protest and learned techniques of civil disobedience through prior involvement in civil rights groups.

Vietnam Day Committee

The Vietnam Day Committee (VDC) was a coalition of left-wing political groups, student groups, labor organizations, and pacifist religions in the United States of America that opposed the Vietnam War. It was formed in Berkeley, California in the spring of 1965 by activist Jerry Rubin, and was active through the majority of the Vietnam war, organizing several rallies and marches in California as well as coordinating and sponsoring nationwide protests.


Stemming from TASC (Towards an Active Student Community), SLATE was the main “New Left” student group for the Berkeley campus throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Founded in February 1958, the SLATE Coordinating Committee aimed to promote students running for the Associated Students of University of California (ASUC) who were committed to engage in issue-oriented political education both on and off campus. SLATE was involved with both on-and off-campus issues such as “fair bear” minimum wages for students and affordable housing for students. SLATE led protests against compulsory ROTC, demonstrations against the death penalty, protests against the California House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), and protests against racial discrimination.[6]


The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) is a U.S. civil rights organization that played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement from its foundation in 1942 to the mid-1960s. Membership in CORE is stated to be open to “anyone who believes that ‘all people are created equal’ and is willing to work towards the ultimate goal of true equality throughout the world.” Since 1968, CORE has been led by Roy Innis.

Free Speech Movement

The Free Speech Movement (FSM) was a student protest which took place during the 1964–1965 academic year on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley under the informal leadership of students Mario Savio, Jack Weinberg, Brian Turner, Bettina Apthecker, Steve Weissman, Art Goldberg, Jackie Goldberg, and others. In protests unprecedented at the time, students insisted that the university administration lift a ban on on-campus political activities and acknowledge the students’ right to free speech and academic freedom.

Anti-War Movement

The idea was that if enough Americans believed the war was wrong, they could end it.[3] This was the central driving goal of the movement as a whole. Through marches, protests, and riots the protesters aimed to bring awareness to injustices happening in the war with hopes to end it permanently. Common events were protests around the drafting/induction centers and marches through town, which were often accompanied by speeches against the war in Vietnam. These protests were often met with police force in full riot gear which in turn sparked more angry riots. At one point the National Guard was called in to assist the local police force in riot control. Tear gas was used to control the crowds and left a haze of gas over the campus for days at a time. Classes were cancelled, or sometimes held in off-campus sites including students’ apartments.

Women’s Rights

As women became more involved in the inner workings of the Berkeley Riots, they began to move up in the ranks of the positions as well. However, as time progressed they began to face opposition, even from their peers. An organization based upon promoting the advancement of human rights was now rejecting women the opportunity to lead. This created a new branch of advancement for the Women’s Rights Movement.


Traditionally, antinomianism has been used to refer to the idea that members of a Christian religious group are under no obligation to obey the laws of ethics or morality as presented by religious authorities. However, a few scholars began to use the term in a secular context.
During this era, many people were influenced by the “antinomian personality”, a behavioral style which “places characteristic emphasis on intuition, immediacy, self-actualization, transcendence, and similar themes familiar with Hippie conduct,” said Lawrence Chenoweth.[7] He said that those settled into this psychological state embrace the present, while rejecting the past and “fearing” the future. Chenoweth claims that the antinomian takes on a holistic attitude which results from the “confusion as to whether he is an agent or an agent to be acted upon and serves to compensate for the isolation he suffers.”[7] The antinomian often confronts “forces which make the individual aware of his impotence.”[7] Chenoweth says that all of these traits then combine into the stereotypical hippie persona, as the antinomian “treats his mind as if it were completely malleable, devalues reality, rejects reason and understanding, and selects certain experiences to create a fantasied, dogmatic cosmic view of the world.”[7] In doing so, says Nathan Adler, “the individual internalizes an objective world which he perceives to be reliable and consistent.”[8] As the individual now views the world in this fashion, he or she is easily agitated when the outside world deviates from his or her ideal and seeks to control its movements.


Many of the musicians during this era contributed widespread influence on the young people. This led to a young counterculture that had a distaste for authority and its ability to set boundaries around them.


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Kent State shootings
John Filo‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of Mary Ann Vecchio, a 14-year-old runaway kneeling over the body of Jeffrey Miller minutes after he was shot by the Ohio National Guard
Location Kent, Ohio, US
Date May 4, 1970
12:24 pm[1] (Eastern)
Target Kent State University students
Deaths 4
Non-fatal injuries 9
Memorial to Jeffrey Miller, taken from approximately the same perspective as John Filo’s famous 1970 photograph as it appears today.
The Kent State shootings (also known as the May 4 massacre or the Kent State massacre)[2][3][4] occurred at Kent State University in the US city of Kent, Ohio, and involved the shooting of unarmed college students by the Ohio National Guard on Monday, May 4, 1970. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanentparalysis.[5][6]
Some of the students who were shot had been protesting the Cambodian Campaign, which President Richard Nixon announced during a television address on April 30. Other students who were shot had been walking nearby or observing the protest from a distance.[7][8]
There was a significant national response to the shootings: hundreds of universities, colleges, and high schools closed throughout the United States due to a student strike of four million students,[9] and the event further affected public opinion—at an already socially contentious time—over the role of the United States in the Vietnam War.[10]


Richard Nixon was elected President of the United States in 1968, promising to end the Vietnam War. In November 1969, the My Lai Massacre by American troops of between 347 and 504 civilians in a Vietnamese village was exposed, leading to increased public opposition in the United States to the war. The nature of the draft also changed in December 1969, with the first draft lottery since World War II. This eliminated deferments allowed in the prior draft process, affecting many college students and teachers.
The war had appeared to be winding down throughout 1969, so the new invasion of Cambodia angered those who believed it only exacerbated the conflict. Across the country, campuses erupted in protests in what Time called “a nation-wide student strike”, setting the stage for the events of early May 1970.


Map of the shootings

Thursday, April 30

President Nixon announced to the nation that the “Cambodian Incursion” had been launched by United States combat forces.

Friday, May 1

At Kent State University a demonstration with about 500 students[11] was held on May 1 on the Commons (a grassy knoll in the center of campus traditionally used as a gathering place for rallies or protests). As the crowd dispersed to attend classes by 1 p.m., another rally was planned for May 4 to continue the protest of the expansion of the Vietnam War into Cambodia. There was widespread anger, and many protesters issued a call to “bring the war home”. A group of history students buried a copy of the U.S. Constitution to symbolize that Nixon had killed it.[11]
Trouble exploded in town around midnight, when people left a bar and began throwing beer bottles at police cars and breaking downtown storefronts. In the process they broke a bank window, setting off an alarm. The news spread quickly and it resulted in several bars closing early to avoid trouble. Before long, more people had joined the vandalism.
By the time police arrived, a crowd of 120 had already gathered. Some people from the crowd had already lit a small bonfire in the street. The crowd appeared to be a mix of bikers, students, and transient people. A few members of the crowd began to throw beer bottles at the police, and then started yelling obscenities at them. The entire Kent police force was called to duty as well as officers from the county and surrounding communities. Kent Mayor LeRoy Satrom declared a state of emergency, called Ohio Governor Jim Rhodes‘ office to seek assistance, and ordered all of the bars closed. The decision to close the bars early increased the size of the angry crowd. Police eventually succeeded in using tear gas to disperse the crowd from downtown, forcing them to move several blocks back to the campus.[8]

Saturday, May 2

City officials and downtown businesses received threats, while rumors proliferated that radical revolutionaries were in Kent to destroy the city and university. Mayor Satrom met with Kent city officials and a representative of the Ohio Army National Guard. Following the meeting, Satrom made the decision to call Governor Rhodes and request that the National Guard be sent to Kent, a request that was granted. Because of the rumors and threats, Satrom believed that local officials would not be able to handle future disturbances.[8]
The decision to call in the National Guard was made at 5:00 pm, but the guard did not arrive into town that evening until around 10 pm. A large demonstration was already under way on the campus, and the campus Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) building[12] was burning. The arsonists were never apprehended and no one was injured in the fire.[13] More than a thousand protesters surrounded the building and cheered its burning. 
Several Kent firemen and police officers were struck by rocks and other objects while attempting to extinguish the blaze. Several fire engine companies had to be called in because protesters carried the fire hose into the Commons and slashed it.[14][15][16] The National Guard made numerous arrests and used tear gas; at least one student was slightly wounded with a bayonet.[17]

Sunday, May 3

During a press conference at the Kent firehouse, an emotional Governor Rhodes pounded on the desk[18] and called the student protesters un-American, referring to them as revolutionaries set on destroying higher education in Ohio. “We’ve seen here at the city of Kent especially, probably the most vicious form of campus oriented violence yet perpetrated by dissident groups. They make definite plans of burning, destroying, and throwing rocks at police, and at the National Guard and the Highway Patrol. 
This is when we’re going to use every part of the law enforcement agency of Ohio to drive them out of Kent. We are going to eradicate the problem. We’re not going to treat the symptoms. And these people just move from one campus to the other and terrorize the community. They’re worse than the brown shirts and the communist element and also the night riders and the vigilantes”, Rhodes said. 

“They’re the worst type of people that we harbor in America. Now I want to say this. They are not going to take over [the] campus. I think that we’re up against the strongest, well-trained, militant, revolutionary group that has ever assembled in America.”[19] Rhodes can be heard in the recording of his speech yelling and pounding his fists on the desk.[20][21]
Rhodes also claimed he would obtain a court order declaring a state of emergency that would ban further demonstrations and gave the impression that a situation akin to martial law had been declared; however, he never attempted to obtain such an order.[8]
During the day, some students came into downtown Kent to help with cleanup efforts after the rioting, which was met with mixed reactions from local businessmen. Mayor Satrom, under pressure from frightened citizens, ordered a curfew until further notice.
Around 8:00 pm, another rally was held on the campus Commons. By 8:45 pm the Guardsmen used tear gas to disperse the crowd, and the students reassembled at the intersection of Lincoln and Main, holding a sit-in with the hopes of gaining a meeting with Mayor Satrom and the university president, Robert White. 

At 11:00 p.m., the Guard announced that a curfew had gone into effect and began forcing the students back to their dorms. A few students were bayoneted by Guardsmen.[22]

Monday, May 4

On Monday, May 4, a protest was scheduled to be held at noon, as had been planned three days earlier. University officials attempted to ban the gathering, handing out 12,000 leaflets stating that the event was canceled. Despite these efforts, an estimated 2,000 people gathered[23] on the university’s Commons, near Taylor Hall. The protest began with the ringing of the campus’s iron Victory Bell (which had historically been used to signal victories in football games) to mark the beginning of the rally, and the first protester began to speak.
Companies A and C, 1/145th Infantry and Troop G of the 2/107th Armored Cavalry, Ohio National Guard (ARNG), the units on the campus grounds, attempted to disperse the students. The legality of the dispersal was later debated at a subsequent wrongful death and injury trial. On appeal, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that authorities did indeed have the right to disperse the crowd.[24]
The dispersal process began late in the morning with campus patrolman Harold Rice,[25] riding in a National Guard Jeep, approaching the students to read them an order to disperse or face arrest. The protesters responded by throwing rocks, striking one campus patrolman and forcing the Jeep to retreat.[8]
Just before noon, the Guard returned and again ordered the crowd to disperse. When most of the crowd refused, the Guard used tear gas. Because of wind, the tear gas had little effect in dispersing the crowd, and some launched a second volley of rocks toward the Guard’s line, to chants of, “Pigs off campus!” The students lobbed the tear gas canisters back at the National Guardsmen, who wore gas masks.
When it became clear that the crowd was not going to disperse, a group of 77 National Guard troops from A Company and Troop G, with bayonets fixed on their M1 Garand rifles, began to advance upon the hundreds of protesters. As the guardsmen advanced, the protesters retreated up and over Blanket Hill, heading out of the Commons area. 
Once over the hill, the students, in a loose group, moved northeast along the front of Taylor Hall, with some continuing toward a parking lot in front of Prentice Hall (slightly northeast of and perpendicular to Taylor Hall). The guardsmen pursued the protesters over the hill, but rather than veering left as the protesters had, they continued straight, heading down toward an athletic practice field enclosed by a chain link fence. 
Here they remained for about ten minutes, unsure of how to get out of the area short of retracing their path. During this time, the bulk of the students congregated off to the left and front of the guardsmen, approximately 150 to 225 ft (46 to 69 m) away, on the veranda of Taylor Hall. Others were scattered between Taylor Hall and the Prentice Hall parking lot, while still others (perhaps 35 or 40) were standing in the parking lot, or dispersing through the lot as they had been previously ordered.
While on the practice field, the guardsmen generally faced the parking lot which was about 100 yards (91 m) away. At one point, some of the guardsmen knelt and aimed their weapons toward the parking lot, then stood up again. For a few moments, several guardsmen formed a loose huddle and appeared to be talking to one another. 
They had cleared the protesters from the Commons area, and many students had left, but some stayed and were still angrily confronting the soldiers, some throwing rocks and tear gas canisters. About ten minutes later, the guardsmen began to retrace their steps back up the hill toward the Commons area. Some of the students on the Taylor Hall veranda began to move slowly toward the soldiers as they passed over the top of the hill and headed back down into the Commons.
At 12:24 pm,[1] according to eyewitnesses, a Sgt. Myron Pryor turned and began firing at the students with his .45 pistol.[26] A number of guardsmen nearest the students also turned and fired their rifles at the students. In all, 29 of the 77 guardsmen claimed to have fired their weapons, using a final total of 67 rounds of ammunition. The shooting was determined to have lasted only 13 seconds, although John Kifner reported in the New York Times that “it appeared to go on, as a solid volley, for perhaps a full minute or a little longer.”[27] The question of why the shots were fired remains widely debated.
Photo taken from the perspective of where the Ohio National Guard soldiers stood when they opened fire on the students
Bullet hole in Solar Totem #1 sculpture[28] by Don Drumm caused by a .30 caliber round fired by the Ohio National Guard at Kent State on May 4, 1970
The Adjutant General of the Ohio National Guard told reporters that a sniper had fired on the guardsmen, which itself remains a debated allegation. Many guardsmen later testified that they were in fear for their lives, which was questioned partly because of the distance between them and the students killed or wounded. 
Time magazine later concluded that “triggers were not pulled accidentally at Kent State.” The President’s Commission on Campus Unrest avoided probing the question of why the shootings happened. Instead, it harshly criticized both the protesters and the Guardsmen, but it concluded that “the indiscriminate firing of rifles into a crowd of students and the deaths that followed were unnecessary, unwarranted, and inexcusable.”[29]
The shootings killed four students and wounded nine. Two of the four students killed, Allison Krause and Jeffrey Miller, had participated in the protest, and the other two, Sandra Scheuerand William Knox Schroeder, had been walking from one class to the next at the time of their deaths. Schroeder was also a member of the campus ROTC battalion. Of those wounded, none was closer than 71 feet (22 m) to the guardsmen. Of those killed, the nearest (Miller) was 225 feet (69 m) away, and their average distance from the guardsmen was 345 feet (105 m).

Eyewitness Account

Two men who were present related what they saw.
Unidentified speaker 1:
Suddenly, they turned around, got on their knees, as if they were ordered to, they did it all together, aimed. And personally, I was standing there saying, they’re not going to shoot, they can’t do that. If they are going to shoot, it’s going to be blank.[30]
Unidentified speaker 2:
The shots were definitely coming my way, because when a bullet passes your head, it makes a crack. I hit the ground behind the curve, looking over. I saw a student hit. He stumbled and fell, to where he was running towards the car. Another student tried to pull him behind the car, bullets were coming through the windows of the car.
As this student fell behind the car, I saw another student go down, next to the curb, on the far side of the automobile, maybe 25 or 30 yards from where I was lying. It was maybe 25, 30, 35 seconds of sporadic firing.
The firing stopped. I lay there maybe 10 or 15 seconds. I got up, I saw four or five students lying around the lot. By this time, it was like mass hysteria. Students were crying, they were screaming for ambulances. I heard some girl screaming, “They didn’t have blank, they didn’t have blank,” no, they didn’t.[31]
May 4, after the shootings
Immediately after the shootings, many angry students were ready to launch an all-out attack on the National Guard. Many faculty members, led by geology professor and faculty marshal Glenn Frank, pleaded with the students to leave the Commons and to not give in to violent escalation:
I don’t care whether you’ve never listened to anyone before in your lives. I am begging you right now. If you don’t disperse right now, they’re going to move in, and it can only be a slaughter. Would you please listen to me? Jesus Christ, I don’t want to be a part of this … ![32]
After 20 minutes of speaking, the students left the Commons, as ambulance personnel tended to the wounded, and the Guard left the area. Professor Frank’s son, also present that day, said, “He absolutely saved my life and hundreds of others”.[33]
Killed (and approximate distance from the National Guard):
Jeffrey Glenn Miller; age 20; 265 ft (81 m) shot through the mouth; killed instantly
Allison B. Krause; age 19; 343 ft (105 m) fatal left chest wound; died later that day
William Knox Schroeder; age 19; 382 ft (116 m) shot in the back; fatal chest wound; died almost an hour later in a hospital while undergoing surgery
Sandra Lee Scheuer; age 20; 390 ft (120 m) fatal neck wound; died a few minutes later from loss of blood
Wounded (and approximate distance from the National Guard):
Joseph Lewis Jr.; 71 ft (22 m); hit twice in the right abdomen and left lower leg
John R. Cleary; 110 ft (34 m); upper left chest wound
Thomas Mark Grace; 225 ft (69 m); struck in left ankle
Alan Michael Canfora; 225 ft (69 m); hit in his right wrist
Dean R. Kahler; 300 ft (91 m); back wound fracturing the vertebrae, permanently paralyzed from the chest down
Douglas Alan Wrentmore; 329 ft (100 m); hit in his right knee
James Dennis Russell; 375 ft (114 m); hit in his right thigh from a bullet and in the right forehead by birdshot, both wounds minor
Robert Follis Stamps; 495 ft (151 m); hit in his right buttock
Donald Scott MacKenzie; 750 ft (230 m); neck wound
In the President’s Commission on Campus Unrest (pp. 273–274)[34] they mistakenly list Thomas V. Grace, who is Thomas Mark Grace’s father, as the Thomas Grace injured.
All those shot were students in good standing at the university.[34]
Although initial newspaper reports had inaccurately stated that a number of National Guard members had been killed or seriously injured, only one Guardsman, Sgt. Lawrence Shafer, was injured seriously enough to require medical treatment, approximately 10 to 15 minutes prior to the shootings.[35] Shafer is also mentioned in a memo from November 15, 1973. The FBI memo was prepared by the Cleveland Office and is referred to by Field Office file # 44-703. It reads as follows:
Upon contacting appropriate officers of the Ohio National Guard at Ravenna and Akron, Ohio, regarding ONG radio logs and the availability of service record books, the respective ONG officer advised that any inquiries concerning the Kent State University incident should be directed to the Adjutant General, ONG, Columbus, Ohio. Three persons were interviewed regarding a reported conversation by Sgt Lawrence Shafer, ONG, that Shafer had bragged about “taking a bead” on Jeffrey Miller at the time of the ONG shooting and each interviewee was unable to substantiate such a conversation.
In an interview broadcast in 1986 on the ABC News documentary series Our World, Shafer identified the person that he fired at as Joseph Lewis.
Aftermath and long-term effects
Photographs of the dead and wounded at Kent State that were distributed in newspapers and periodicals worldwide amplified sentiment against the United States’ invasion of Cambodia and the Vietnam War in general. In particular, the camera of Kent State photojournalism student John Filo captured a fourteen-year-old runaway, Mary Ann Vecchio, screaming over the body of the dead student, Jeffrey Miller, who had been shot in the mouth. The photograph, which won a Pulitzer Prize, became the most enduring image of the events, and one of the most enduring images of the anti-Vietnam War movement.[36][37]
The shootings led to protests on college campuses throughout the United States, and a student strike, causing more than 450 campuses across the country to close with both violent and non-violent demonstrations.[9] A common sentiment was expressed by students at New York University with a banner hung out of a window which read, “They Can’t Kill Us All.”[38] 


On May 8, eleven people were bayonetted at the University of New Mexico by the New Mexico National Guard in a confrontation with student protesters.[39]Also on May 8, an antiwar protest at New York’s Federal Hall held at least partly in reaction to the Kent State killings was met with a counter-rally of pro-Nixon construction workers (organized by Peter J. Brennan, later appointed U.S. Labor Secretary by President Nixon), resulting in the “Hard Hat Riot“.


Just five days after the shootings, 100,000 people demonstrated in Washington, D.C., against the war and the killing of unarmed student protesters. Ray Price, Nixon’s chief speechwriter from 1969–1974, recalled the Washington demonstrations saying, “The city was an armed camp. The mobs were smashing windows, slashing tires, dragging parked cars into intersections, even throwing bedsprings off overpasses into the traffic down below. This was the quote, student protest. That’s not student protest, that’s civil war.”[9] 
Not only was Nixon taken to Camp David for two days for his own protection, but Charles Colson (Counsel to President Nixon from 1969 to 1973) stated that the military was called up to protect the administration from the angry students; he recalled that “The 82nd Airborne was in the basement of the executive office building, so I went down just to talk to some of the guys and walk among them, and they’re lying on the floor leaning on their packs and their helmets and their cartridge belts and their rifles cocked and you’re thinking, ‘This can’t be the United States of America. This is not the greatest free democracy in the world. This is a nation at war with itself.'”[9]
Shortly after the shootings took place, the Urban Institute conducted a national study that concluded the Kent State shooting was the single factor causing the only nationwide student strike in U.S. history; over 4 million students protested and over 900 American colleges and universities closed during the student strikes. The Kent State campus remained closed for six weeks.
President Nixon and his administration’s public reaction to the shootings was perceived by many in the anti-war movement as callous. Then National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger said the president was “pretending indifference.” Stanley Karnow noted in hisVietnam: A History that “The [Nixon] administration initially reacted to this event with wanton insensitivity. Nixon’s press secretary, Ron Ziegler, whose statements were carefully programmed, referred to the deaths as a reminder that ‘when dissent turns to violence, it invites tragedy.'” Three days before the shootings, Nixon himself had talked of “bums” who were antiwar protestors on US campuses,[40] to which the father of Allison Krause stated on national TV “My child was not a bum.”[41]
A Gallup Poll taken immediately after the shootings showed that 58 percent of respondents blamed the students, 11 percent blamed the National Guard and 31 percent expressed no opinion.[42]
Karnow further documented that at 4:15 am on May 9, 1970, the president met about 30 student dissidents conducting a vigil at theLincoln Memorial, whereupon Nixon “treated them to a clumsy and condescending monologue, which he made public in an awkward attempt to display his benevolence.” Nixon had been trailed by White House Deputy for Domestic Affairs Egil Krogh, who saw it differently, saying, “I thought it was a very significant and major effort to reach out.”[9] 
In any regard, neither side could convince the other and after meeting with the students, Nixon expressed that those in the anti-war movement were the pawns of foreign communists.[9] After the student protests, Nixon asked H. R. Haldeman to consider the Huston Plan, which would have used illegal procedures to gather information on the leaders of the anti-war movement. Only the resistance of J. Edgar Hoover stopped the plan.[9]


On May 14, ten days after the Kent State shootings, two students were killed (and 12 wounded) by police at Jackson State Universityunder similar circumstances – the Jackson State killings – but that event did not arouse the same nationwide attention as the Kent State shootings.[43]


There was wide discussion as to whether these were legally justified shootings of American citizens, and whether the protests or the decisions to ban them were constitutional. These debates served to further galvanize uncommitted opinion by the terms of the discourse. The term “massacre” was applied to the shootings by some individuals and media sources, as it had been used for theBoston Massacre of 1770, in which five were killed and several more wounded.[2][3][4]
On June 13, 1970, as a consequence of the killings of protesting students at Kent State and Jackson State, President Nixon established the President’s Commission on Campus Unrest, known as the Scranton Commission, which he charged to study the dissent, disorder, and violence breaking out on college and university campuses across the nation.[44][45]

The Commission issued its findings in a September 1970 report that concluded that the Ohio National Guard shootings on May 4, 1970, were unjustified. The report said:

Even if the guardsmen faced danger, it was not a danger that called for lethal force. The 61 shots by 28 guardsmen certainly cannot be justified. Apparently, no order to fire was given, and there was inadequate fire control discipline on Blanket Hill. The Kent State tragedy must mark the last time that, as a matter of course, loaded rifles are issued to guardsmen confronting student demonstrators.
In September 1970, twenty-four students and one faculty member were indicted on charges connected with the May 4 demonstration at the ROTC building fire three days before. These individuals, who had been identified from photographs, became known as the “Kent 25.” Five cases, all related to the burning of the ROTC building, went to trial; one non-student defendant was convicted on one charge and two other non-students pleaded guilty. One other defendant was acquitted, and charges were dismissed against the last. In December 1971, all charges against the remaining twenty were dismissed for lack of evidence.[46][47]


Eight of the guardsmen were indicted by a grand jury. The guardsmen claimed to have fired in self-defense, a claim that was generally accepted by the criminal justice system. In 1974 U.S. District Judge Frank Battisti dismissed charges against all eight on the basis that the prosecution’s case was too weak to warrant a trial.[8]
Larry Shafer, a guardsman who said he fired during the shootings and was one of those charged, told the Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier newspaper in May 2007: “I never heard any command to fire. That’s all I can say on that.” Shafer—a Ravenna city councilman and former fire chief—went on to say, “That’s not to say there may not have been, but with all the racket and noise, I don’t know how anyone could have heard anything that day.” Shafer also went on to say that “point” would not have been part of a proper command to open fire.
Civil actions were also attempted against the guardsmen, the State of Ohio, and the president of Kent State. The federal court civil action for wrongful death and injury, brought by the victims and their families against Governor Rhodes, the President of Kent State, and the National Guardsmen, resulted in unanimous verdicts for all defendants on all claims after an eleven-week trial.[48] 
The judgment on those verdicts was reversed by the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on the ground that the federal trial judge had mishandled an out-of-court threat against a juror. On remand, the civil case was settled in return for payment of a total of $675,000 to all plaintiffs by the State of Ohio[49] (explained by the State as the estimated cost of defense) and the defendants’ agreement to state publicly that they regretted what had happened:
In retrospect, the tragedy of May 4, 1970 should not have occurred. The students may have believed that they were right in continuing their mass protest in response to the Cambodian invasion, even though this protest followed the posting and reading by the university of an order to ban rallies and an order to disperse. These orders have since been determined by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to have been lawful.
Some of the Guardsmen on Blanket Hill, fearful and anxious from prior events, may have believed in their own minds that their lives were in danger. Hindsight suggests that another method would have resolved the confrontation. Better ways must be found to deal with such a confrontation.
We devoutly wish that a means had been found to avoid the May 4th events culminating in the Guard shootings and the irreversible deaths and injuries. We deeply regret those events and are profoundly saddened by the deaths of four students and the wounding of nine others which resulted. We hope that the agreement to end the litigation will help to assuage the tragic memories regarding that sad day.
In the succeeding years, many in the anti-war movement have referred to the shootings as “murders,” although no criminal convictions were obtained against any National Guardsman. In December 1970, journalist I. F. Stone wrote the following:
To those who think murder is too strong a word, one may recall that even Agnew three days after the Kent State shootings used the word in an interview on the David Frost show in Los Angeles. Agnew admitted in response to a question that what happened at Kent State was murder, “but not first degree” since there was – as Agnew explained from his own training as a lawyer – “no premeditation but simply an over-response in the heat of anger that results in a killing; it’s a murder. It’s not premeditated and it certainly can’t be condoned.”[50]
The Kent State incident forced the National Guard to re-examine its methods of crowd control. The only equipment the guardsmen had to disperse demonstrators that day were M1 Garand rifles loaded with .30-06 FMJ ammunition, 12 Ga. pump shotguns, bayonets, and CS gas grenades. In the years that followed, the U.S. Army began developing less lethal means of dispersing demonstrators (such as rubber bullets), and changed its crowd control and riot tactics to attempt to avoid casualties amongst the demonstrators. Many of the crowd-control changes brought on by the Kent State events are used today by police and military forces in the United States when facing similar situations, such as the 1992 Los Angeles Riots and civil disorder during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrinain 2005.


One outgrowth of the events was the Center for Peaceful Change established at Kent State University in 1971 “as a living memorial to the events of May 4, 1970.”[51] Now known as The Center for Applied Conflict Management (CACM), it developed one of the earliest conflict resolution undergraduate degree programs in the United States. The Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence, an interdisciplinary program dedicated to violence prevention, was established in 1998.


According to FBI reports, one part-time student, Terry Norman, was already noted by student protesters as an informant for both campus police and the Akron FBI branch. Norman was present during the May 4 protests, taking photographs to identify student leaders,[52] while carrying a sidearm and wearing a gas mask.
In 1970, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover responded to questions from then-Congressman John Ashbrook by denying that Norman had ever worked for the FBI, a statement Norman himself disputed.[53] On August 13, 1973, Indiana Senator Birch Bayh sent a memo to then-governor of Ohio John J. Gilligan suggesting that Norman may have fired the first shot, based on testimony he [Bayh] received from guardsmen who claimed that a gunshot fired from the vicinity of the protesters instigated the Guard to open fire on the students.[54]
Throughout the 40 years since the shootings, debate has continued on about the events of May 4, 1970.[55][56]
Two of the survivors have died: James Russell on June 23, 2007;[57] and Robert Stamps in June 2008.[58]


In 2007 Alan Canfora, one of the wounded, located a copy of a tape of the shootings in a library archive. The original 30-minute reel-to-reel tape was made by Terry Strubbe, a Kent State communications student who turned on his recorder and put its microphone in his dorm window overlooking the campus. A 2010 audio analysis of a tape recording of the incident by Stuart Allen and Tom Owen, who were described by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “nationally respected forensic audio experts,” concluded that the guardsmen were given an order to fire. 
It is the only known recording to capture the events leading up to the shootings. According to the Plain Dealer description of the enhanced recording, a male voice yells “Guard!” Several seconds pass. Then, “All right, prepare to fire!” “Get down!,” someone shouts urgently, presumably in the crowd. Finally, “Guard! … ” followed two seconds later by a long, booming volley of gunshots. 
The entire spoken sequence lasts 17 seconds. Further analysis of the audiotape revealed that four pistol shots and a violent confrontation occurred approximately 70 seconds before the National Guard opened fire. According to The Plain Dealer, this new analysis raised questions about the role of Terry Norman, a Kent State student who was an FBI informant and known to be carrying a pistol during the disturbance. Alan Canfora said it was premature to reach any conclusions.[59][60]
In April, 2012 the United States Department of Justice determined that there were “insurmountable legal and evidentiary barriers” to reopening the case. Also in 2012 the FBI concluded the Strubbe tape was inconclusive because what has been described as pistol shots may have been slamming doors and that voices heard were unintelligible. Despite this, organizations of survivors and current Kent State students continue to believe the Strubbe tape proves the Guardsmen were given a military order to fire and are petitioning State of Ohio and U.S. Government officials to reopen the case using independent analysis. The organizations do not desire to prosecute or sue individual guardsmen believing they are also victims.[61][62]
One of these groups, the Kent State Truth Tribunal,[63] was founded in 2010 by the family of Allison Krause along with Emily Kunstlerto demand accountability by the U.S. government for the massacre. In 2014 KSTT announced their request for an independent review by the United Nations Human Rights Committee under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the human rights treaty ratified by the United States.[64][65]

Memorials and remembrances

Kent State Shootings Site
Location .5 mi. SE of the intersection of E. Main St. and S. Lincoln St.,Kent, Ohio
Area 17.24 acres (6.98 ha)[67]
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 10000046[66]
Added to NRHP February 23, 2010[66]
Each May 4 from 1971 to 1975 the Kent State University administration sponsored an official commemoration of the events. Upon the university’s announcement in 1976 that it would no longer sponsor such commemorations, the May 4 Task Force, a group made up of students and community members, was formed for this purpose. The group has organized a commemoration on the university’s campus each year since 1976; events generally include a silent march around the campus, a candlelight vigil, a ringing of the Victory Bell in memory of those killed and injured, speakers (always including eyewitnesses and family members), and music.
On May 12, 1977, a tent city was erected and maintained for a period of more than 60 days by a group of several dozen protesters on the Kent State campus. The protesters, led by the May 4 Task Force but also including community members and local clergy, were attempting to prevent the university from erecting a gymnasium annex on part of the site where the shootings occurred seven years earlier, which they believed would alter and obscure the historical event. Law enforcement finally brought the tent city to an end on July 12, 1977, after the forced removal and arrest of 193 people. The event gained national press coverage and the issue was taken to the U.S. Supreme Court.[68]
In 1990, twenty years after the shootings, a memorial commemorating the events of May 4 was dedicated on the campus on a 2.5 acre (10,000 m²) site overlooking the University’s Commons where the student protest took place.[69] Even the construction of the monument became controversial and, in the end, only 7% of the design was constructed. The memorial itself does not contain the names of those killed or wounded in the shooting; under pressure, the university agreed to install a plaque near it with the names.[70][71]
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In 1999, at the urging of relatives of the four students killed in 1970, the university constructed an individual memorial for each of the students in the parking lot between Taylor and Prentice halls. Each of the four memorials is located on the exact spot where the student fell, mortally wounded. They are surrounded by a raised rectangle of granite[72]featuring six lightposts approximately four feet high, with the student’s name engraved on a triangular marble plaque in one corner.[73]
George Segal’s 1978 cast-from-life bronze sculpture, In Memory of May 4, 1970, Kent State: Abraham and Isaac was commissioned for the Kent State campus by a private fund for public art,[74] but was refused by the university administration who deemed its subject matter (the biblical Abraham poised to sacrifice his son Isaac) too controversial. The sculpture was accepted in 1979 by Princeton University, and currently resides there between the university chapel and library.[75]
An earlier work of land art, Partially Buried Woodshed,[76] was produced on the Kent State campus by Robert Smithson in January 1970.[77] Shortly after the events, an inscription was added that recontextualized the work in such a way that it came to be associated by some with the event.
In 2004, a simple stone memorial was erected at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School in Plainview, New York, which Jeffrey Miller had attended.
On May 3, 2007, just prior to the yearly commemoration, an Ohio Historical Society marker was dedicated by KSU president Lester Lefton. It is located between Taylor Hall and Prentice Hall between the parking lot and the 1990 memorial.[78] Also in 2007, a memorial service was held at Kent State in honor of James Russell, one of the wounded, who died in 2007 of a heart attack.[79]
In 2008, Kent State University announced plans to construct a May 4 Visitors’ Center in a room in Taylor Hall.[80] The center was officially opened in May 2013, on the anniversary of the shootings.[81]
A 17.24-acre (6.98 ha) area was listed as “Kent State Shootings Site” on the National Register of Historic Places on February 23, 2010.[66] Places normally cannot be added to the Register until they have been significant for at least fifty years, and only cases of “exceptional importance” can be added sooner.[82] The entry was announced as the featured listing in the National Park Service‘s weekly list of March 5, 2010.[83] 


Contributing resources in the site are: Taylor Hall, the Victory Bell, Lilac Lane and Boulder Marker, The Pagoda, Solar Totem, and the Prentice Hall Parking Lot.[67] The National Park Service stated the site “is considered nationally significant given its broad effects in causing the largest student strike in United States history, affecting public opinion about the Vietnam War, creating a legal precedent established by the trials subsequent to the shootings, and for the symbolic status the event has attained as a result of a government confronting protesting citizens with unreasonable deadly force.”[10]
Every year on the anniversary of the shootings, notably on the 40th anniversary in 2010, students and others who were present share remembrances of the day and the impact it has had on their lives. Among them are Nick Saban, head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team who was a freshman in 1970;[84] surviving student Tom Grace, who was shot in the foot;[85] Kent State faculty member Jerry Lewis;[86] photographer John Filo;[33] and others.

Cultural references


1970: Confrontation at Kent State (director Richard Myers) – documentary filmed by a Kent State University filmmaker in Kent, Ohio, directly following the shootings.
2000: Kent State: The Day the War Came Home (director Chris Triffo, executive producer Mark Mori), the Emmy-Award-winning documentary featuring interviews with injured students, eyewitnesses, guardsmen, and relatives of students killed at Kent State.
2007: 4 Tote in Ohio: Ein Amerikanisches Trauma (“4 dead in Ohio: an American trauma”) (directors Klaus Bredenbrock and Pagonis Pagonakis) – documentary featuring interviews with injured students, eyewitnesses and a German journalist who was a U.S. correspondent.
2008: How It Was: Kent State Shootings – National Geographic Channel documentary series episode.[87]
2010: Fire In the Heartland: Kent State, May 4, and Student Protest in America (director Daniel Lee Miller) – documentary featuring the build-up to, the events of, and the aftermath of the shootings, told by many of those who were present and in some cases wounded.
Film and television[edit]
1974: The Trial of Billy Jack – The climactic scene of this film depicts National Guardsmen lethally firing on unarmed students, and the credits specifically mention Kent State and other student shootings.[88]
1981: Kent State (director James Goldstone) – television docudrama.[89]
1995: Nixon – Directed by Oliver Stone, the film features actual footage of the shootings; the event also plays an important role in the course of the film’s narrative.
2000: The ’70s starring Vinessa Shaw and Amy Smart, a mini-series depicting four Kent State students affected by the shootings, as they move through the decade.[90]
2002: The Year That Trembled (written and directed by Jay Craven; based on a novel by Scott Lax), a coming-of-age movie set in 1970 Ohio, in the aftermath of the Kent State killings.[91]
1976 – Kent State: A Requiem by J. Gregory Payne. First performed in 1976. Told from the perspective of Bill Schroeder’s mother, Florence, this play has been performed at over 150 college campuses in the U.S. and Europe in tours in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s; it was last performed at Emerson College in 2007. It is also the basis of NBC’s award-winning 1981 docudrama Kent State.[92]
2010– David Hassler, director of the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State and theatre professor Katherine Burke teamed up to write the play May 4 Voices, in honor of the incident’s 40th anniversary.[93]
2012- 4 Dead in Ohio: Antigone at Kent State (created by students of Connecticut College‘s theatre department and David Jaffe ’77, associate professor of theater and the director of the play) – An adaptation of SophoclesAntigone using the play Burial at Thebes by Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney. It was performed November 15–18, 2012 in Tansill Theater.[94]


Harlan Ellison‘s story collection, Alone Against Tomorrow (1971), is dedicated to the four students who were killed.[95]
Gael Baudino‘s Dragonsword trilogy (1988–1992) follows the story of a teaching assistant who narrowly missed being shot in the massacre. Frequent references are made to how the experience and its aftermath still traumatize the protagonist decades later, when she herself is a soldier.
Jerry Fishman’s How Nixon Taught America to do The Kent State Mambo (2010) is a fantasy novella about the tragedy.[96]
Stephen King‘s post-apocalyptic novel The Stand includes a scene in Book I in which Kent State campus police officers witness U.S. soldiers shooting students protesting the government cover-up of the military origins of the Superflu which is decimating the country.[97]


The best known popular culture response to the deaths at Kent State was the protest songOhio“, written by Neil Young for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The song was written, recorded, and preliminary pressings (acetates) were rushed to major radio stations, although the group already had a hit song, “Teach Your Children“, on the charts at the time. Within two-and-a-half weeks of the Kent State shootings, “Ohio” was receiving national airplay.[98] Crosby, Stills, and Nash visited the Kent State campus for the first time on May 4, 1997, where they performed the song for the May 4 Task Force’s 27th annual commemoration.[99]
There are a number of lesser known musical tributes, including the following:
Harvey Andrews‘ 1970 song “Hey Sandy”[98][100] was addressed to Sandra Scheuer.lyrics
Steve Miller’s “Jackson-Kent Blues,” from The Steve Miller Band album Number 5 (released in November 1970), is another direct response.[98]
The Beach Boys released “Student Demonstration Time[101] in 1971 on Surf’s Up. Mike Love wrote new lyrics for Leiber & Stoller‘s “Riot in Cell Block Number Nine.”[98]
Bruce Springsteen wrote a song called “Where Was Jesus in Ohio” in May or June 1970. The unreleased and uncirculating song is reported to be the artist’s emotionally charged response to the Kent State shootings.[102]
In 1970–71 Halim El-Dabh, a Kent State University music professor who was on campus when the shootings occurred, composedOpera Flies, a full-length opera, in response to his experience. The work was first performed on the Kent State campus on May 8, 1971, and was revived for the 25th commemoration of the events in 1995.[103]
Actress and singer Ruth Warrick released in 1971 a single with the song “41,000 Plus 4 – The Ballad of the Kent State”, an homage to the four students killed at Kent State.[104]
In 1971, the composer and pianist Bill Dobbins (who was a Kent State University graduate student at the time of the shootings), composed “The Balcony”, an avant-garde work for jazz band inspired by the same event, according to the album’s liner notes.[105]
Dave Brubeck‘s 1971 cantata Truth Is Fallen was written in response to the slain students at Kent State University and Jackson State University; the work was premiered in Midland, Michigan on May 1, 1971, and released on LP in 1972.[98][106]
Holly Near‘s “It Could Have Been Me” was released on A Live Album (1974). The song is Near’s personal response to the incident.[107]
A commemorative 2-CD compilation featuring music and interviews was released by the May 4 Task Force in May 2005, in commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the shootings.[108]
One of the students who participated in the protest was Chrissie Hynde, future leader of The Pretenders, who was a sophomore at the time.[109] Her former bandmate,[110] Mark Mothersbaugh, and Gerald Casale, founding members of Devo, also attended Kent State at the time of the shootings. Casale was reportedly “standing about 15 feet (4.6 m) away”[111] from Allison Krause when she was shot, and was friends with her and another one of the students who were killed. The shootings were the transformative moment for him[112] and for the band, which became less of a pure joke and more a vehicle for social critique (albeit with a blackly humorous bent).[111]
Magpie cover the topic in their 1995 album, Give Light. The song ‘Kent’ was written by band member, Terry Leonino, a survivor of the Kent State shootings.[103]
Genesis recreates the events from the perspective of the Guards in the song “The Knife“, on Trespass (October 1970).[98]
Barbara Dane sings “The Kent State Massacre” written by Jack Warshaw on her 1973 album I Hate the Capitalist System.[113]
Musician, spoken word artist and political activist Jello Biafra, who was influenced by the Vietnam War protests and Kent State,[114] mentions the shootings in his satirical song “Wish I Was in El Salvador”, included in the collaboration album Last Scream of the Missing Neighbors he made with Canadian hardcore punk band D.O.A. in 1990. The verse recites “Commander says I gotta hold the line/’Til the TV cameras leave/Then we’ll fire away, make my day/Just like good ol’ Kent State”.[115]
Chris Butler (The Waitresses) was attending Kent State University at the time of the shootings and released an album in 2014 based on his personal recollections of the event.[citation needed]
The Swedish rock band Gläns över Sjö & Strand made a song about the shootings, in the album Är du lönsam lilla vän?, called “Ohio 4 maj 1970”.[116][117]

Police Fired Tear Gas at Occupy Protesters in 2011

The savage violence of the police against Occupy protesters in 2011 was well documented, and included the use of tear gas and other chemical irritants. Tear gas is prohibited for use against enemy soldiers in battle by the Chemical Weapons Convention. Can’t police give civilian protesters in Oakland, California the same courtesy and protection that international law requires for enemy soldiers on a battlefield?

The FBI Attacked Men, Women, and Children With Tear Gas in Waco in 1993

At the infamous Waco siege of a peaceful community of Seventh Day Adventists, the FBI pumped tear gas into buildings knowing that women, children, and babies were inside. The tear gas was highly flammable and ignited, engulfing the buildings in flames and killing 49 men and women, and 27 children, including babies and toddlers. Remember, attacking an armed enemy soldier on a battlefield with tear gas is a war crime. What kind of crime is attacking a baby with tear gas?


ACLU: Know Your Rights: Free Speech, Protests and Demonstrations


Riots and protests are one of the signs that show that a bottoms up democracy is NOT working in whatever country that happen in. Riots are not made up of extremists in most cases, but rather grow out of a frustration and anger about things going wrong, which are not being addressed by the President and/or political leaders. 
As the ordinary person on the streets in America feels freedom and democracy slipping away, the levels of frustration and anger grow. As the militarized police cracks down harder, the anger and frustration builds even more. As secret behind closed door agreements are forged, such as TPP, with absolutely zero input from average people the anger and frustration grows. 
As huge corporations take over governments and foreign policy plus sovereign rights of more countries, the anger and frustration grows. Extremism is the result of ignoring public input, voting rights, and bottoms up democracy. 
All of the things that President Obama pointed at in his speech above that cause extremism in foreign countries, are happening in AMERICA today. 
  1. Loss of freedom
  2. Loss of voting rights
  3. Loss of democracy
  4. Loss of bottoms up influence
  5. Loss of unions
  6. Loss of funding for fundamentals like food, housing, etc
  7. Increase in military industrial budget, while cutting all social programs
  8. Increase in corporate power via TPP, free trade agreements
  9. Importing foreign workers via visa programs
  10. Exporting jobs to Communist China
  11. Increase in militarized police force
  12. Increase in spying agencies, surveillance, controlled solely by President
  13. Increase in covert operations and spy agency budgets, all of them controlled only by President
  14. Neglect of infrastructure
  15. Cutting education funding
  16. Corrupting justice system by corporate control
  17. Growth in homeless population
  18. Growth in numbers of poor and destitute
  19. Stagnating income 
  20. Huge increase in costs and expenses, with no rise in pay
  21. Increasing money and resources going to assassinations globally via drone program
  22. Huge increases in violence and numbers of guns due to fear of extremism feeds negative cycles
President Obama said he is for greater democracy, greater transparency, greater protection for whistleblowers, dismantling the military industrial complex and getting rid of nuclear weapons, but then he does the exact opposite once in office. President Obama speaks very well, and gets applause for his speeches. It is very clear from what he actually DOES, that he is on the side of huge corporations, not ordinary folks, with his ACTIONS and votes. 
People are waking up to the fact that the politicians are nothing but shills for huge corporations, their money, their lobbyists and ALEC inspired laws. Ordinary people have little or no access to the political system anymore and are being shut out completely. Democracy and freedom is being lost. The military industrial complex that is made up of huge corporations is growing in absolute power, political takeover of both major parties and overall strength. 

Censored, Top Secret! Art And Science Of Deception; Global Corporations, CIA, Journalism And The 1%, Whistleblowers, Voting, Elections And Solutions

Due to all of these influences plus more, AGRP predicts that riots will tend to grow more frequent. Unless things radically change for the better INSIDE the US, the crackdown by militarized police will also increase. Loss of more freedom, loss of more democracy, martial law imposition, bayonets, and more shootings by the National Guard, police and or the military are not unusual in the US as shown by the above examples, plus the Civil War. The overall trend will be to increase the use of this top down violent suppression of the bottoms up democracy movement, unless things change for the better through drastic changes to the political arena, voting process and mass media control.  
Due to the legal precedent set of no punishment for those doing the shooting at Kent State, it is quite possible that troops, police and/or the National Guard will put down riots with gun fire and bayonets in the future, along with imposing martial law in riot prone areas. 
Violence, Riots And/Or Revolution Often Starts With Young People On College Campuses Or In The Streets Protesting – Berkeley Protests, Kent State Shooting, Baltimore Riots

Absolute Constitutional Gun Freedoms/Rights, Or Slavery To Gun Violence And Deaths?

When is enough enough? What does it take in terms of outrageous acts of violence, mass killings and mayhem in our local communities  to change the insane gun ‘freedom’ laws of this country? What does it take to get people to realize we only have one set of children, and each one of our children is precious? Children must be protected, not sent out into a world where a free fire law is in effect for all children. 

When people with a massive amount of hate can get their hands on guns easily, we get the mass killings in elementary, junior and high schools, over and over and over again, year after year. Security systems and security guards are no match for these legal, armed to the teeth, armored up serial killers who have legal access to their tools of the trade, thanks to the gun lobby and gun manufacturers. 

The military assault rifle toting killer at Sandy Hook Elementary shot through the security system at the school, which did not work to stop the violence. At Columbine, security guards were bypassed and outgunned. The Sandy Hook mass killer also shot and killed the principal and several teachers who ran out to see what was going on, so authority figures are meaningless in the world of absolute, rapid fire killing machines.  

Even police are no match for these weapons of mass destruction and death. The Sandy Hook and Columbine mass murderers had military style assualt rifles. The Sandy Hook mass child murderer had multiple 30 round magazines for his Bushmaster military style killing machine. He went into a classroom and shot all of the kindergarden kids in there multiple times, including the teacher. 

He then went on into another classroom and shot everyone there as well, multiple times in most cases. While he was reloading, six children ran out out of the room and saved themselves. This is a key and very important point to make note of… 

From the first shots fired, to the last shot fired by his military rifle,  took less than five minutes total. This mass murderer fired 152 bullets in total. He reloaded about five times in those five minutes. Then he took out a pistol and shot himself. How do we stop someone like this in any country, not just the USA? 

Many countries including  Switzerland, Israel, Japan and others have passed laws to make it harder for deranged killers like this one to kill so many people at a time, by passing gun violence prevention laws. There are many ways to reduce the death toll in OUR local schools, communities, theatres, and other public places. 

The problem is that the massive gun manufacturing, pro gun lobby  controls and directs the  mostly white, male political machine, through a  massive infusion of cash and political ‘favors’ system. 

Rachel Maddow; Gun Industry Using “Heat Shield” Defense; via A Green Road

Add on gerrymandering,  plus other very stealthy vote suppression techniques, and the majority of anti violence, peace loving Americans are left out of the discussion and cannot even debate the issues, much less get their supposed political representatives to listen to their point of view, in order to pass sensible violence reduction laws, much less other laws that may benefit ordinary Americans. Instead, laws are mostly passed that benefits the 1%, while the 99% suffers. 

Art And Science Of Deception; Global Corporations And The 1%

There are many ways to reduce the MASSIVE 30,000 annual US body count of innocent children, women and teens, through sensible laws that foster democracy, peace and harmony in communities.  Let’s look at just a few ways…..

If the killer of kindergardners had only limited access to a three, five or ten round maximum bullet magazine in a HUNTING RIFLE,  he could not have done what he did, especially NOT IN FIVE MINUTES. He would have been there for a lot longer time. A limited 3 bullet magazine inside of a hunting rifle and a slow, manual one bullet at a time reloading process would have given police, students and teachers much more time to run away, respond or do other things. The death toll would have been much, MUCH lower. 

Imagine that military assault rifle mass killing machines and 30 round magazines of ANY kind are not available and cannot be sold legally in your community. Schools are already gun free zones. Communities can be military style assault rifle free zones. It only takes the will of people who want to make a difference for their kids and seven future generations. It is not hard to do when one considers the consequences.

Pro gun hunters have quite a few restrictions when it comes to hunting animals. There are severe limits and controls on the absolute ‘freedoms’ of gun lovers when they are hunting geese and ducks, but these hunters do not complain about 2nd Amendments, rant and rave or threaten violence prevention advocates about this.  

Duck hunters cannot just take a 50 caliber sniper rifle and hunt ducks with it. Duck hunters cannot take machine guns or military style assault rifles and spray the sky with a massive amount of bullets.  There are many restrictions on gun owners when it comes to hunting wild ANIMALS. Even if they can kill animals, they are limited as to the number, types and even locations where this legal killing can be done. 

Hunters going after ducks or geese are ‘restricted’ to using ONLY certain kinds of shotguns. Those restricted shotguns are allowed only a few shells at a time, and each hunter has to put a plug in the gun to limit the capacity of a magazine that may theoretically allow more shells. This means that hunters shooting ducks or geese have to reload MANUALLY, one shell at a time, after they shoot 3 shells.  

Animal hunting laws in just about every state recognize that animals need a fair, fighting chance. Animals need a chance to run or fly away from a death dealing killing machine. 

Guns are not ‘fair’ when it comes to flesh and bone. Hunting with a bow and arrow is more fair, and going up against a wild animal with no weapons is the most fair contest of all, but pro gun hunters will  not do that. 

Every hunter wants to stack the deck in his or her favor with superior firepower, and be able to shoot as many rounds as possible without reloading. Hunting laws balance this unlimited ‘freedom’ desire against the needs of the wildlife, habitat, hunter safety, nearby communities and long range planning processes, just to name a few of the many considerations and stakeholders involved in creating these laws.

Shotguns with massive 100 round magazines are not allowed to be used against ducks and geese. If allowed, it would mean the extinction of any species it was used against. 

Shotguns which fire 30, 50 or 100 rounds in one clip or magazine are against the law when it comes to animals. People go to jail for violating this law. But, the gun manufacturers want to sell these things globally and make massive profits from selling even more ammo, so they pass laws making these 100 round magazines legal for use against humans. It is open season on kids in schools as far as they are concerned. Come and get them. They are easy pickings. 

Somehow, in this insane fantasy world of pro gun advocates, when it comes to humans, we are supposed to allow and promote an open season on our kids by encouraging the sales of military rifles, ammo and large magazines that can shoot off 30, 50 or even 100 bullets or shotgun shells in a matter of seconds, with absolutely no restrictions whatsoever. Humans are not allowed to run away or have a fair chance; so say the gun manufacturers, the gun lobby and the NRA. 

No one is allowed to express their feelings about all of this to an ‘absolute freedom’ kind of gun apologist organization or individual either… “Let the record show that you can be a United States Senator for 21 years, you can be 79-years-old, you can be the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and one of the most recognizable and widely respected veteran public servants in your nation, but if you are female while all of other those things, men who you defeat in arguments will still respond to you by calling you hysterical and telling you to calm down,” from the video above. 

According to many pro gun advocates, having feelings about protecting children is not OK for anyone else, other than them, in the USA. And the pro gun lobby answer to protecting our children is to arm them all WITH MORE GUNS. 

The NRA wants to arm all of the teachers, all of the students and sell more guns to MORE people. They want to make larger magazines, and legally sell larger guns that fire faster, and with deadlier bullets, such as depleted uranium. Really? More guns are the ONLY answer?

If a woman has feelings about small children being killed in school with military style assault rifles with huge military style assault style magazines, she is labeled ‘hysterical’ and ‘illogical’ or anti Constitutional. According to the NRA and gun manufacturers, women and peace loving citizens cannot have feelings and then act on them. 

What do women think? Can women and those who love peace take a stand on child protection issues, such as gun violence prevention?

Here is an example of how women are getting involved on a local community level, in order to prevent the needless deaths of more children. Women can and do make a difference on a local, regional, state and federal level, but only if they get involved and take action. 

In the view of the gun lobby, only white men can go on on with angry rants about guns, violence and the right to commit mass killings with no restrictions on them whatsoever. They can accuse anyone opposed to them as Socialists, Communists, traitors or worse. 

Charleston Heston gave a very passionate, emotion filled speech about ‘freedom’, guns and the rights of just about anyone to buy and own guns with NO restrictions at the 2000 NRA Annual Meeting. He ended his speech with a specific threat against Micheal Moore and the words; “From my cold dead hands”.

Gun owning men generally express but ONE feeling when it comes to discussing guns and gun rights; ANGER and/or rage.  Being angry when discussing guns and ‘rights’ of gun owners is considered ‘normal’. But if a woman gets angry due to the deaths of entire classrooms full of children from insane pro gun laws, that is not ok, and she is labeled; illogical, kooky, and hysterical. In other words, her opinion does not matter. Her opinion should not count. 

What does the phrase; From my cold dead hands” mean? From the context, could he be threatening anyone who passes any law against guns with being shot, by him personally, or by one of the gun toting NRA crowd? 

Certainly, gun owners and gun rights advocates are the only people who shoot and kill peace loving, violence prevention advocates, throughout all of history. Kennedy, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, and thousands more are testimony to this basic fact that those with guns kill peace and violence prevention leaders. Yet, when this is brought up, the illogical logic is used that guns don’t kill people, people do. Huh? So the gun lobby, gun manufacturers, and the NRA have no blood on their hands at all, ever, for any reason? 

The gun industry even says it is OK to allow mentally ill people to own guns and shoot whoever they have a grudge or prejudice against. They are the ones pushing to keep laws the way they are. This means that any serial murderer or criminal can get a gun and go do another Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. Now they can be famous too, thanks to the laws passed by the NRA and gun manufacturers, with a profit motive in mind. 

How To Get A Gun If You Are An Insane Serial Murderer Or Psychopath; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/01/how-to-get-gun-if-you-are-serial.html

Freedom has many meanings to many people. To the native and Aborigine majorities worldwide who are abused by gun toting police and a few rich white minority, guns have the opposite meaning that the NRA propogandizes, when it comes to ‘freedom’. 

To the Aborigines who for many thousands of years lived on many continents, guns were and still are seen as something that oppresses them and ‘takes them out’. Guns and their white owners commit genocide against native peoples globally. Guns kills anyone who opposes occupation of their native lands. Guns keep freedom and equal rights away from native or Aborigine majorities, and in the hands of a minority of usually white, male gun owners. Historically, guns were and still are used to take away property and rights from native land owners, such as the American Indians here in the good ol USA.  

If a black male had said “from my cold dead hands”, in the year 1968 or even in 2000 at a convention of gun toting black guys yelling and ranting about ‘freedom’, they would be arrested right on the spot as terrorists and thrown into jail for a very long time, as the Black Panther Party members and leaders were. 

Guns Do Not Stop Dictators, Informed People Voting Peacefully Do! via A Green Road

2nd Amendment Gun ‘Right” Was Used To Suppress Black Slaves In South; via A Green Road

Guns And Religion Historically Used To Commit Genocide And Enforce Apartheid; via A Green Road

Thanks to the NRA, anyone with money can buy and own any kind of military killing machines or weapons that they want, capable of murdering and mowing down whole classrooms of innocent children, with absolutely NO RESTRICTIONS, no registration, no insurance, no classes, no education, no yearly fees, no limits on number of bullets, any types of bullets (including cop killers). This happens ONLY IN THE USA. This is not possible in any other civilized country worldwide.  
In this fantasy world of ‘absolute gun freedom’, mostly a few white men want ABSOLUTE freedom and control in a fantasy world that is real only in their small little world,  with the horrific results for the larger community that follows on the heels of this mistaken belief system. 
The freedom to do and say whatever a US citizen wants to, has limits. We not only have freedoms and rights, but realistic limits on those freedoms and rights when it comes to protecting the ‘commons’ rights of everyone. We cannot threaten our neighbor verbally with death, or with a gun, or we go to jail. 

We cannot speed down the road, spraying bullets in all directions, or we go to jail. We cannot  shoot guns inside our own homes, or we go to jail. There are many common sense limits to ‘freedoms’, for the good of all people in a given community or nation. 
Balancing rights and responsibilities is what laws are for. Gun owners seem to think that they are exempt and immune to any type of responsibility, accountability, or consequences for their belief system of absolute freedom around gun ownership.
Diane Feinstein became mayor of San Francisco after PERSONALLY experiencing the results of a pro gun believer who killed Harvey Milk, a gay representative of the people of that city. She KNOWS the politics of gun violence from first hand experience. 
Guns are the FIRST weapons of choice for those who have a lot of hatred and prejudice, rather than the last choice. Harvey Milk was killed not by a kitchen knife, or a screwdriver, but with a gun. The seeds of hatred bloom and flourish with guns. Harvey Milk pointed at this FACT, and died to prove that this fact is true. 
Combining people who have a lot of hatred or fear with guns, is what causes the problems. Reducing the number of military weapons in civilians hands makes sense, doesn’t it? Does it not make sense to take reasonable, common sense steps to reduce the body count from the current horrific 30,000 per year that the US experiences? 
The US initiated foreign wars in Afghanistan and Iraq has cost 6,000 lives of US soldiers over ten years. Over 600 soldiers died per year overseas protecting our ‘freedom’. We try to reduce the number of these deaths, by all means possible. We spend BILLIONS to protect those troops from death and harm from guns and bombs. 
Yet, somehow it is OK to sacrifice multiple times that many of our family members on the alter of gun ‘freedom’ here at home, in our own communities, without even talking about how to reduce THAT number? Why is it ok to talk about protecting soldiers, but it is NOT ok to talk about protecting children in our community? 
Are we really ‘free’, when we live in fear in our own homes, and we are forced to lock doors, install security alarms and have security guards, because of easy access to military style guns and the culture of violence that they promote?

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Columbine; Analysis And Lessons Learned

Preliminary activities and intent

“Early warning signs began to surface in 1996, when Eric Harris first created a private website on America Online. Harris had initially created the site to host gaming levels of the video game Doom which he and his friend, Dylan Klebold, had created, primarily for friends. Upon this site, Harris began a blog, which included jokes and small journal entries concerning his thoughts on parents, school, and friends. By the end of the year, the site contained instructions on how to cause mischief, as well as instructions on how to make explosives and logs in which he described the trouble he and Klebold were causing. Beginning in early 1997, the blog postings began to show the first signs of Harris’s ever-growing anger against society.[4]
Harris’s site attracted few visitors, and caused no concern until late 1997, when Klebold gave the web address to Brooks Brown, a former friend of Harris. Brown’s mother had filed numerous complaints with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office concerning Harris, believing him to be dangerous. The website contained numerous death threats directed against Brown: Klebold apparently knew that if Brooks accessed the address, he would discover the content and inform his parents, with the parents’ subsequent actions resulting in the authorities being notified. Brown’s parents did subsequently view the content and contacted the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and an investigator named Michael Guerra was subsequently notified of the site’s existence.[4] Upon accessing Harris’s website site, Guerra discovered numerous violent threats directed against the students and teachers of Columbine High School. Other material included blurbs Harris had written concerning his general hatred of society, and his desire to kill those who annoyed him. Harris had begun noting the completion of construction of pipe bombs upon his site. In addition, he had noted a gun count and compiled a hit list of individuals he wished to target (although no overall plan detailing how he intended to attack targets he had specified was ever posted upon the site).[5] As Harris had stated upon his website that he was in possession of explosives, Guerra wrote a draft affidavit, requesting a search warrant of the Harris household, but the document was never filed.[4][6]
On January 30, 1998, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold committed an act of theft in which the pair stole tools and other equipment from a van parked near the city of Littleton, Colorado.[7] Both youths were arrested and subsequently attended a joint court hearing, where they pleaded guilty to the felony theft. The judge sentenced the pair to attend a juvenile diversion program.
Within the juvenile diversion program, both boys attended mandated classes and conversed with diversion officers. One of the classes the pair attended focused upon anger management. Harris also began attending therapy classes with a psychologist. However, despite Klebold having a history of drinking and his failing a dilute urine test, neither he nor Harris attended any substance abuse classes.[8]
Harris and Klebold were eventually released from diversion several weeks early due to their good behavior upon the program,[4] although both youths remained on probation.[9] Harris wrote an ingratiating letter to the owner of the equipment they stole, offering apologies and empathy for his and Klebold’s actions.[10] Harris would continue to attend scheduled appointments with his psychologist until a few months before he and Klebold were to commit the Columbine High School massacre.
Shortly after his and Klebold’s court hearing, Harris’s online blog disappeared, and his website was reverted to its original purpose of posting user-created levels of the online video game Doom. Harris began to write a paper journal, where he documented his thoughts and plans. He also boasted in these journal entries that he had faked his previously written letter of regret to the owner of the van from which he and Klebold had stolen items and applauded himself as to his deception skills.[11]
Despite having reverted his website to the its initially created purpose of hosting video game trivia, Harris continued to dedicate a section of his website to posting information regarding his and Klebold’s progress regarding their collection of guns and building of the bombs they subsequently used in the attack upon their school. (After the existence of this website was made public, AOL permanently deleted the website from its servers.)[12]


In one of his scheduled meetings with his psychiatrist, Eric Harris complained of depression, anger and to possessing suicidal thoughts. As a result of this, he was prescribed the anti-depressant Zoloft. He subsequently complained to feeling restless and to experiencing a lack of concentration to his doctor, and in April, he was switched to a similar anti-depressant drug— Luvox.[13] At the time of his death, Harris had therapeutic Luvox levels in his system. Some analysts, such as psychiatrist Peter Breggin, have argued that one or both of these medications may have contributed to Harris’s actions. Breggin claimed that side-effects of these drugs include increased aggression, loss of remorse, depersonalization, and mania.[14] A subsequent study conducted by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices identified Luvox as being 8.4 times more likely than other medications to be associated with violence.[15]

Journals and videos

Harris and Klebold both began keeping journals of their progress soon after their arrests. The pair documented their arsenal with video tapes that were kept secret.[4][16]
Journal entries reveal that the pair had formulated an elaborate plan for a major bombing rivaling theOklahoma City bombing. The entries contained blurbs about ways to escape to Mexico, hijacking an aircraft at Denver International Airport and crashing into a building in New York City, as well as details about the attacks. The pair hoped that after setting off bombs in the cafeteria at the busiest time of day, killing many hundreds of students, they would use their guns to shoot survivors as they fled from the school. Then, as police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, and reporters came to the school, bombs set in the boys’ cars would go off, killing the emergency personnel, media, and law officers; this original plan failed when their main explosives did not detonate.[4][17] The pair kept videos that documented the explosives, ammunition, and weapons they had acquired illegally. In these videos, the shooters revealed all the elaborate and creative ways the two had thought up to hide their arsenals in their own homes, as well as the ways they would deceive their parents about their activities. Some videos contained footage of the pair doing target practice in nearby foothills, as well as shots of the areas of the high school they planned to attack.[4] On April 20, approximately thirty minutes before the attack,[18] a final video had the pair saying goodbye and apologizing to their friends and families.


In the months prior to the attacks, Harris and Klebold acquired two 9 mm firearms and two 12-gaugeshotguns. A rifle and the two shotguns were bought by a friend named Robyn Anderson at the Tanner Gun Show in December 1998.[19] Harris and Klebold later bought a handgun from another friend named Mark Manes for a sum of $500. Manes was subsequently jailed following the massacre for selling a handgun to a minor[20] as was Philip Duran, who had introduced the duo to Manes.[21]
With instructions from the Internet, they built 99 improvised explosive devices of various designs and sizes. They sawed the barrels and butts off their shotguns to make them easier to conceal.[4] The perpetrators committed numerous felony violations of state and federal law, including the National Firearms Act and theGun Control Act of 1968, even before the massacre began.
On April 30 high-ranking officials of Jefferson County and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office met to decide if they should reveal that Michael Guerra, a Sheriff’s Office detective, had drafted an affidavit for a search warrant of Harris’s residence a year before the shootings, based on his previous investigation of Harris’s website and activities. They decided not to disclose this information at a press conference held on April 30, nor did they mention it in any other way. Over the next two years, Guerra’s original draft and investigative file documents were lost. Their loss was termed “troubling” by a Grand Jury convened after the file’s existence was reported in April 2001.[33]


The link between bullying and school violence has attracted increasing attention since the 1999 attack at Colorado’s Columbine High School. Both of the shooters were classified as gifted children and had allegedly been victims of bullying for years. A year later, an analysis by officials at the US Secret Service of 37 premeditated school shootings found that bullying, which some of the shooters described “in terms that approached torment,” played the major role in more than two-thirds of the attacks.[37] A similar theory was expounded by Brooks Brown in his book on the massacre; he noted that teachers commonly looked the other way when confronted with bullying.[22]
Early stories following the shootings charged that school administrators and teachers at Columbine had long condoned a climate of bullying by the so-called jocks or athletes, allowing an atmosphere of outright intimidation and resentment to fester which, they claimed, could have helped trigger the perpetrators’ extreme violence.[38] Reportedly, homophobic remarks were directed at Klebold and Harris.[39]
However, Dave Cullen (in Columbine), while acknowledging the pervasiveness of bullying in high schools including Columbine, strongly disputes the theory of “revenge for bullying” as a motivation for the actions of Harris and Klebold, on the grounds that the two were not actually victims of bullying. Indeed, Harris in particular was more a perpetrator of bullying than a victim. [40]

Psychopathy and depression

In July 1999 the FBI organized a major summit on school shooters in Leesburg, Virginia. Attending were psychologists, psychiatrists, and representatives from recent school shootings, including a large Columbine contingent. Attorney General Janet Reno was in attendance. The FBI eventually published a major report on school shooters, though it steered clear of pinpointing the causes of any individual case.[41]
On the fifth anniversary of Columbine, the FBI’s lead Columbine investigator and several psychiatrists went public with their conclusions in a news article.[42] There they argued Harris was a clinical psychopath and Klebold was depressive. They believed the plan was masterminded by Harris, who they thought had a messianic-level superiority complex and hoped to illustrate his massive superiority to the world.
The attack on Columbine High School was the culmination of more than a year of planning, firearms acquisition, and bomb building. Harris’s journals, in particular, show methodical preparation over a long period of time, including several experimental bomb detonations. [43] The massacre was anything but a failure of impulse control.

Video games

Jerald Block, a US psychiatrist, has differed with the FBI opinion of psychopathology and depression, arguing that the killers’ actions are not well explained by such diagnoses. Rather, he states that Klebold and Harris were immersed in games like Doom, and that their lives were most gratifying while playing in a virtual world.
Both Harris and Klebold were fans of video games such as Doom and Wolfenstein 3D. Harris often created levels for Doom that were widely distributed; these can still be found on the Internet as the Harris levels. Rumors that the layout of these levels resembled that of Columbine High School circulated, but appear to be untrue.[44] Harris spent a great deal of time creating another large mod, named Tier, calling it his “life’s work.”[45] The mod was uploaded to the Columbine school computer and to AOL shortly before the attack, but appears to have been lost. One researcher argued that it is nearly certain the Tier mod included a mock-up of Columbine High School.[8]
As they got into trouble, the two teenagers started to get their computer access restricted. Jerald Block believes that anger that was being projected into the games was now unleashed into the real world. In addition, the computer restrictions opened up substantial amounts of idle time that would have otherwise gone towards their online activities. They increasingly used that time to express their anger, and their antisocial tendencies likewise increased. This, in turn, generated more restrictions. Finally, after being arrested and banned from their computers for about a month, the two teens became homicidal and began documenting plans to attack the school. Block writes that the plan to attack the school first appears in Klebold’s writings, and that Klebold may have considered using a different partner-in-crime than Harris. That person’s name was redacted by the police from Klebold’s journal.[8]
Some analysts argued that part of the killers’ problem may have been desensitization due to their constant exposure to violent imagery in such video games, as well as music and movies, theorizing that their obsession with these forms of media may have led them to depersonalization.[citation needed] American news media compared the massacre to a fantasy sequence from the 1995 film The Basketball Diaries, in which protagonist Leonardo DiCaprio wears a black trench coat and shoots six classmates in his school’s hallways.[citation needed] Several unsuccessful lawsuits against video game manufacturers were filed as a result by parents of some of the victims.[46][47] Harris and Klebold were fans of the movie Natural Born Killers, and used the film’s acronym, NBK, as a code in their home videos and journals.[8]


Blame for the shootings was directed on a number of metal or ‘dark music’ bands such as KMFDM andRammstein.[50] The majority of that blame was directed at Marilyn Manson and his eponymous band.[51][52]After being linked by news outlets and pundits with sensationalist headlines such as “Killers Worshipped Rock Freak Manson” and “Devil-Worshipping Maniac Told Kids To Kill,”[53][54] many came to believe that Manson’s music and imagery were, indeed, Harris and Klebold’s sole motivation,[55] despite later reports that the two were not fans.[56][57]
In the immediate aftermath, the band canceled the remaining North American dates of their Rock is Dead Tour out of respect for the victims, while steadfastly maintaining that music, movies, books or video games were not to blame. Manson stated:[58][59][60][61]
The [news] media has unfairly scapegoated the music industry and so-called Goth kids and has speculated, with no basis in truth, that artists like myself are in some way to blame. This tragedy was a product of ignorance, hatred and an access to guns. I hope the [news] media’s irresponsible finger-pointing doesn’t create more discrimination against kids who look different.[58]
On May 1, 1999, the embattled musician expanded his rebuttal to the accusations leveled at him and his band in his Rolling Stone magazine op-ed piece, “Columbine: Whose Fault Is It?” He castigated the ensuing hysteria and moral panic and what he saw as the irresponsibly handled news media coverage; he chastised America’s habit of hanging blame on scapegoats to escape responsibility.[62][63][64] Columbine and America’s fixation on a culture of guns, blame, and ‘celebrity by death’ was further explored in the group’s 2000 album Holy Wood.
In 2002 Manson appeared in Michael Moore‘s documentary, Bowling for Columbine; his appearance was filmed during the band’s first show in Denver since the shooting. When Moore asked what he would have said to the students at Columbine, he replied, “I wouldn’t say a single word. I would listen to what they have to say, and that’s what no one did.”[65]
Sascha Konietzko of KMFDM released a statement stating their music denounced “war, oppression, fascism and violence against others.”[50]

Secret Service report on school shootings

A US Secret Service study concluded that schools were placing false hope in physical security, when they should be paying more attention to the pre-attack behaviors of students. Zero-tolerance policies and metal detectors “are unlikely to be helpful,” the Secret Service researchers found. The researchers focused on questions concerning the reliance on SWAT teams when most attacks are over before police arrive, profiling of students who show warning signs in the absence of a definitive profile, expulsion of students for minor infractions when expulsion is the spark that push some to return to school with a gun, buying software not based on school shooting studies to evaluate threats although killers rarely make direct threats, and reliance on metal detectors and police officers in schools when the shooters often make no effort to conceal their weapons.[66]
In May 2002 the Secret Service published a report that examined 37 US school shootings. They had the following findings:
  • Incidents of targeted violence at school were rarely sudden, impulsive acts.
  • Prior to most incidents, other people knew about the attacker’s idea and/or plan to attack.
  • Most attackers did not threaten their targets directly prior to advancing the attack.
  • There is no accurate or useful profile of students who engaged in targeted school violence.
  • Most attackers engaged in some behavior prior to the incident that caused others concern or indicated a need for help.
  • Most attackers had difficulty coping with significant losses or personal failures. Moreover, many had considered or attempted suicide.
  • Many attackers felt bullied, persecuted, or injured by others prior to the attack.
  • Most attackers had access to and had used weapons prior to the attack.
  • In many cases, other students were involved in some capacity.
  • Despite prompt law enforcement responses, most shooting incidents were stopped by means other than law enforcement intervention.[67]

School security

Following the Columbine shooting, schools across the United States instituted new security measures such as see-through backpacks, metal detectors, and security guards. Some schools implemented school door numbering to improve public safety response. Several schools throughout the country resorted to requiring students to wear computer-generated IDs.[68] At the same time, police departments reassessed their tactics and now train for Columbine-like situations after criticism over the slow response and progress of the SWAT teams during the shooting.[69]

Anti-bullying policies

In response to concerns over the causes of Columbine and other school massacres, some schools instituted new anti-bullying policies as well as zero tolerance approaches to weapons and threatening behavior.[70]Despite the nature of the Columbine incident, some social science experts feel the zero tolerance in schools has gone overboard.[71]

Long-term results

Police tactics

One significant change to police tactics following Columbine is the introduction of the Immediate Action Rapid Deployment tactic, used in situations with an active shooter. Police followed the traditional tactic at Columbine: surround the building, set up a perimeter, contain the damage. That approach has been replaced by a tactic which takes into account the presence of an active shooter whose interest is to kill, not to take hostages. This tactic calls for a four-person team to advance into the site of any ongoing shooting, optimally a diamond-shaped wedge, but even with just a single officer if more are not available. Police officers using this tactic are trained to move toward the sound of gunfire and neutralize the shooter as quickly as possible.[72] Their goal is to stop the shooter at all costs; they are to walk past wounded victims, as the aim is to prevent the shooter from killing or wounding more. David Cullen, author of the 2009 bookColumbine, said that, “The active protocol has proved successful at numerous shootings during the past decade. At Virginia Tech alone, it probably saved dozens of lives.”[73]

Gun control

The HOPE Columbine Memorial Library that replaced the library where most of the massacre unfolded

The shooting resulted in calls for more gun control measures. In 2000 federal and state legislation was introduced that would require safety locks on firearms as well as ban the importation of high-capacity ammunition magazines. Though laws were passed that made it a crime to buy guns for criminals and minors, there was considerable controversy over legislation pertaining to background checks at gun shows. There was concern amongst the gun lobby over further restrictions on Second Amendment rights in the US.[74][75] In 2001, K-Mart, which sold ammunition to the shooters, announced it would no longer sell handgun ammunition, action encouraged by and documented in Michael Moore‘s film Bowling for Columbine.


In 2000 youth advocate Melissa Helmbrecht organized a remembrance event in Denver featuring two surviving students, called the “Day of Hope.”[76][77]
A permanent memorial “to honor and remember the victims of the April 20, 1999 shootings at Columbine High School” was dedicated on September 21, 2007, in Clement Park, a meadow adjacent to the school where impromptu memorials were held in the days following the shooting. The memorial fund raised $1.5 million in donations over eight years of planning.[78]

The Columbine memorial

Becoming part of the vernacular

Since the shooting, “Columbine” or “the Columbine incident” has become a euphemism for a school shooting. Charles Andrew Williams, theSantana High School shooter, reportedly told his friends that he was going to “pull a Columbine,” though none of them took him seriously. Many foiled school shooting plots mentioned Columbine and the desire to “outdo Harris and Klebold.”[79] Convicted students Brian Draper and Torey Adamcik of Pocatello High School in Idaho, who murdered their classmate Cassie Jo Stoddart, mentioned Harris and Klebold in their homemade videos, and were reportedly planning a “Columbine-like” shooting.[80]
Seung-Hui Cho, the shooter in the Virginia Tech massacre, mentioned “martyrs like Eric and Dylan,” apparently referring to Columbine High School gunmen Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.[81] 

Threats and intimidating comments

Allusions to violence
Excessive or intimidating references to mass murder or shooting sprees, real or fictional
Excessive interest in the police, military
Intimidating weapon comments
Inappropriate communications
Documenting or stalking potential victims
Depression or suicidal thoughts
Repeatedly accusing other people of causing one’s problems
Unreasonable complaints

If you see some or most of the above signs in someone around you, take action. Talk to a school counselor, principal, teacher, police or priest. Keep talking to people who are in a position of authority and warn them, even if the first person you talk to dismisses you or refuses to take action. (this is what happened in this case)

Print out the Dietz Warning Signs and give the authority figure specifics about what you saw, heard or experienced as far as these warning signs go. 

Do not allow kids to spend time on ultra violent video games, until after they turn 18. 

Avoid mass media reports, news and/or movies about mass murder; it creates copy cats and teaches kids how to do it.

Mass media should avoid covering mass murderers, as that creates more violence and more copy cats. Just covering Columbine created multiple violent events at other schools around the nation.

Pay attention to kids or adults if they talk about, write about, or make websites or movies about violence, suicide or murder; take this VERY seriously.

Address mental or emotional problems in children or employees as soon as you become aware of them.

Discuss issues with kids, and go into depth on problems, issues, bullying, violence, sadness, depression, weapons, war, school issues, etc.

Spend lots of time with kids, more than just once a week going out to eat or buying them things. Get to know them well enough so that you can tell if they are going in this kind of direction. These kids were left alone for the most part, with LOTS of time on their hands and no supervision. 

Do not allow guns, bullets, or violence promoting equipment, literature or media in the home. (this encourages and promotes the use of violence as a solution for problems.)

Watch for animal cruelty; it is a warning sign of potential murderer.

Pay attention if a child joins neo nazi, anarchist, goth or any group focused on discrimination, bullying, intimidation, violence, cutting, mutilation or other forms of violence, both verbal, emotional or physical.

Address depression, sadness or anger as soon as it appears, or it may grow and develop into suicide, rage, mass murder.

Talk to the mental health department and ask for their help. 

Get the person who has the warning signs some help.

Be careful with prescription drugs for depression. In teens, one of the side effects is depression, another is violent thoughts leading to actions, another is suicide.

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