Much Worse Than Mere Flashbacks: Not A Good Day at Ft. Hood or Kent State

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by Donald Joy

While preparing an early analysis of this afternoon’s shootings at Ft. Hood, frantically gathering as many details as I could from various sources, the news broke that an active shooter is being reported at Kent State University in Ohio, and that the entire campus is under lockdown as I type.

What’s coming next? Someone on a comment thread suggested that the authorities at Virginia Tech immediately go to high alert and put the place on lockdown.

Most reading this, I believe, are of a certain generation for whom the words “Kent State” evokes an immediate, visceral tension, and memories of National Guard troops having opened fire on Vietnam War-protesting students in May of 1970, resulting in 4 dead.

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