The deadliest shooting in US history

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The deadliest shooting in US history was the “Wounded Knee Massacre” which occurred on December 29,1890.1024px-Woundedknee1891On Wounded Knee Creek near the Pine Ridge agency, the Seventh Cavalry of the U.S. Army opened fire on an encampment of Big Foot’s band of Miniconjou Sioux. When the shooting ended, Big Foot and most of his people were dead or dying. It has been estimated that nearly 250 of the original 350 men, women, and children in the camp were slain. Twenty-five soldiers were killed and thirty-nine wounded.

Soldiers with the Hotchkiss guns used at Wounded Knee
Soldiers with the Hotchkiss guns used at Wounded Knee

The Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota were murdered by federal agents and the 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 300 victims were women and children.

Wounded Knee was among the first federally backed gun confiscation attempts in United States history. It ended in the senseless murder of 250 people.

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

Wounded Knee is the prime example of why the Second Amendment exists and why we should vehemently resist any attempts to infringe on our Rights to Bear Arms. Without the Second Amendment we will be totally stripped of any ability to defend ourselves and our families.
  • Sources –
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wounded-Knee-Massacre/138997342786304?fref=ts
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wounded_Knee_Massacre
    http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/m_r/momaday/knee.htm
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