Response to Article on the Massacre of Wounded Knee

I found this article on facebook written by Matthew W. Yates

Read the article then my response.

Article:

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY TO THINK ABOUT…….December 29, 2015 marks the 125th 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. The argument that the Second Amendment only applies to hunting and target shooting is asinine. When the United States Constitution was drafted, “hunting” was an everyday chore carried out by men and women to put meat on the table each night, and “target shooting” was an unheard of concept. Musket balls were a precious commodity and were certainly not wasted on “target shooting”. 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.

As time goes forward, the average citizen in the United States continually loses little chunks of personal freedom or “liberty”. Far too many times, unjust gun control bills were passed and signed into law under the guise of “for your safety” or “for protection”. The Patriot Act signed into law by G.W. Bush, was expanded and continues under Barack Obama. It is just one of many examples of American citizens being stripped of their rights and privacy for “safety”. Now, the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is on the table, and will, most likely be attacked to facilitate the path for the removal of our firearms, all in the name of “our safety”.

Before any American citizen blindly accepts whatever new firearms legislation that is about to be doled out, they should stop and think about something for just one minute-
Evil does exist in our world. It always has and always will. Throughout history evil people have committed evil acts. In the Bible one of the first stories is that of Cain killing Abel. We can not legislate “evil” into extinction. Good people will abide by the law, and the criminal element will always find a way around it.

Evil exists all around us, but looking back at the historical record of the past 200 years, across the globe, where is “evil” and “malevolence” most often found? In the hands of those with the power, the governments. That greatest human tragedies on record and the largest loss of innocent human life can be attributed to governments. Who do the governments always target? “Scapegoats” and “enemies” within their own borders…but only after they have been disarmed to the point where they are no longer a threat. Ask any Native American, and they will tell you it was inferior technology and lack of arms that contributed to their demise. Ask any Armenian why it was so easy for the Turks to exterminate millions of them, and they will answer “We were disarmed before it happened”. Ask any Jew what Hitler’s first step prior to the mass murders of the Holocaust was- confiscation of firearms from the people.

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.

my response:

Interesting article. It makes a good point about the seemingly innocuous action of removing firearms as a safety precaution. I agree that the confiscation weapons from the Sioux was logistically unwise in retrospect. It is also just plain wrong to do generally. It seems that the Cavalry were expectant of some resistance but were not completely prepared for what ensued.

Some soldiers went berserk and acted foolhardy and immoral other portions of the killing it seems could have been avoided but was not intended by either side. The American press did not approve of the massacre and immediately denounced the troops and the President ordered a full court of inquiry into the conduct of the troops. It seems crazy to me that 20 received a medal of honor for what happened. However, it makes more sense considering the massive amounts of that award that were handed out prior to 1916 when compared to the very few following that year including WWII. The “Official Government Explanations” seem to also be backed up by historians who conducted independent research on the topic.

There are still conflicting reports regarding the official account of how the massacre started. What i have read seems to indicate much confusion as one (deaf) Sioux warrior would not give up his gun and while resisting two US soldiers a shot was accidentally fired followed by 5 or 6 Sioux brandishing weapons and firing on the Cavalry first. Official and uncontradicted testimony from Major Whitside stated that at least 50 shots were fired before the cavalry returned fire. Again, this does not permit the murder that followed by any means. I just want to get a clear and balanced picture of what happened historically.

Add a medicine man, who at the moment of the altercation, was inciting other Sioux by performing a ritual meant to bring back dead Sioux and rid the land of white people we can see how this unfortunate and terrible massacre escalated. This was not a completely unprovoked slaughter of unarmed innocents. Sioux were encouraged to surrender several times. The Sioux warriors were well trained to handle and battle with guns. Whitside even lifted an indian infant from the arms of the childs dead mother and brought it to safety. It does not seem the Cavalry or the government of the U.S. intended to kill indians that day. Although some may have.They would have much preferred to have just taken the guns.

Again. I dont agree with the government taking any law abiding citizen’s guns away. What they did was a mistake. The author of this article makes a good point but I think he overstates his argument regarding the nature of the massacre. It was terrible. It should have not happened. But as we can see, “the slaughter began…” after many contributing factors occurred. I hate that this happened. What some of the men did was evil. U.S. soldiers who were there even could not believe it had happened and were disgusted at the merciless disregard for life. Major General Nelso Miles rebuked the officers noting the death toll of women and children. Thanks for the post. It caused me to research. Keep them coming.

(My info was gathered from wikipedia search “wounded knee massacre” and the book “the 10 Big lies about america” by michael medved.

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