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flamin lib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-03-06 04:34 PM
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23. I don't know your history or experience but being in a situation like
an active riot is a scary thing. The line between civil disobedience and violence can be thin. Once violence erupts it is contagious and spreads. That's what happened to the NG at Kent State. One scared 19 year old with a loaded gun shit his pants and opened fire. Everybody around him followed suit.

It is the job of law enforcement, including military riot control, to find that line and keep it from being crossed. Too many times law enforcement is the one to cross that line. That's what happened at Kent State. That's what happened with civilian police in far too many situations back then.

It takes training and a lot of discipline to maintain control, not only of the situation but of yourself. These poor kids didn't have that training or discipline and neither did the leadership on the ground.

Point in fact is that much of the gunfire was random. Not directed at the protesters but elevated above their heads. That's how people in the dorm were killed.
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