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kainah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-03-06 03:44 PM
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11. agree in part and disagree in part
Some of the guardsmen were, indeed, scared and inexperienced troops who had not received proper training and had been placed in an untenable situation. They started shooting primarily because they assumed there was a threat or that an order to shoot had been given. Researchers usually refer to them as "the shooters."

OTOH, there were some guardsmen there who had been in the Guard for many years. They knew exactly what they were doing and they also knew that the younger guardsmen would likely panic and join in the firing, These are referred to as "the Shooters."

But I agree with you that a good deal of the blame belongs on the Nixon administration and also on Governor Rhodes. As I explained in the previous parts of this series, they were definitely looking for the confrontation they got that day.
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