“Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We’re finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.
Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are cutting us down
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?” – Neil Young ‘Ohio’
It became obvious that our own government had turned against us May 4th, 1970 when our own National Guard opened fire on students changing classes at Kent State University in Ohio. The Nation was stunned to learn what our country had turned into. It was confusing back then but now we know that the US was taken over by a band of international corporations known as the ‘Military Industrial Complex’ as coined by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Anybody that still thought we lived in a free republic after that simply was not accepting reality.
The Kent State shootings—also known as the May 4 massacre or, frequently, the Kent State massacre—occurred at Kent State University in the city of Kent, Ohio, and involved the shooting of unarmed college students by members of the Ohio National Guardon Monday, May 4, 1970. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.
Some of the students who were shot had been protesting against the American invasion of Cambodia, which President Richard Nixonannounced in a television address on April 30. Other students who were shot had been walking nearby or observing the protest from a distance.
There was a significant national response to the shootings: hundreds of universities, colleges, and high schools closed throughout the United States due to a student strike of four million students, and the event further affected the public opinion—at an already socially contentious time—over the role of the United States in the Vietnam War.