‘Bury Your Guns at Wounded Knee’
December 29, 2012 marked the 122nd Anniversary of the murder of 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. These 297 people, in their winter camp, were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection.” The slaughter began after the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms. The Calvary began shooting, and managed to wipe out the entire camp. 200 of the 297 victims were women and children. About 40 members of the 7th Cavalry were killed, but over half of them were victims of fratricide from the Hotchkiss guns of their overzealous comrades-in-arms. Twenty members of the 7th Cavalry’s death squad, were deemed “National Heroes” and were awarded the Medal of Honor for their acts of [cowardice] heroism.
We hear very little of Wounded Knee today. It is usually not mentioned in our history classes or books. What little that does exist about Wounded Knee is normally a sanitized “Official Government Explanation.” And there are several historically inaccurate depictions of the events leading up to the massacre, which appear in movie scripts and are not the least bit representative of the actual events that took place that day.
Wounded Knee was among the first federally backed gun confiscation attempts in United States history. It ended in the senseless murder of 297 people.
Before you jump on the emotionally charged bandwagon for gun control, take a moment to reflect on the real purpose of the Second Amendment, the right of the people to take up arms in defense of themselves, their families, and property in the face of invading armies or an oppressive government.
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Gun control at Wounded Knee
On the morning of Dec. 29, 1890, members of the Lakota Sioux Tribe in South Dakota found out the hard way how successful a nearly disarmed citizenry can repel a more heavily armed government force.
Approx-imately 500 men of the U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry Regiment surrounded the Lakota encampment, and troops soon entered to disarm the Native Americans. A search resulted in the confiscation of only 38 rifles. Some tribe members didn’t want to surrender their weapons and one, Black Coyote, refused. An ensuing scuffle resulted and Black Coyote’s rifle discharged. Almost immediately, the Army opened fire from all sides, shooting indiscriminately in every direction.
Artillerymen tending four Hotchkiss guns (a light field cannon) also began firing point-blank into the melee. No distinction between Indian and soldier was given during the bombardment. “Friendly fire” was responsible for most of the Army casualties.
The butchery was mind numbing. Within a few moments, 297 men, women and children of the tribe as well as 25 soldiers were slaughtered. A few tribe members began shooting back but were quickly killed. Several surviving unarmed Sioux attempted to flee the killing field, but they, too, were pursued and shot by the cavalrymen.