After going on a Freedom Ride, Dan gets arrested and is in prison. In A Letter Home, 1,000 Ohio National Guardsmen are pointing innocent college students at gunpoint, and this is the outbreak. “By now you know the end of it all from the news. Four Kent State students died, and nine students were wounded” (6). These are two of the many similarities found in this story, but there are also many differences as
On a cold night of March 5, 1770 in Boston, Massachusetts, nine British soldiers fired shots into a crowd of one hundred Bostonians. Five were fatally injured or killed in the shooting, and some of the people killed were not even in the mob. This caused major corruption amongst the town, across the state, even across what was then America. Captain Preston, who ordered all to fire, was found innocent and two soldiers were convicted of manslaughter. This was named as the Boston Massacre, which had a lot to do with how America is today.
On February 14, 2018, America was struck with another merciless school shooting. A 19 year-old Nikolas Cruz gunned down his former (was expelled at the time of shooting) high school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. There were 17 victims that will forever be in the hearts of their fellow classmates. Nikolas later after the shooting blended into the crowd, and then went to a subway and ordered a drink. Now right in that very moment, there is definitely something wrong with the security system in the high school.
The bar for an event like this occurring is set so low, that many people don’t even realize that these incidents occur on almost a daily basis—they occur so frequently that the mainstream media often only reports mass shootings where dozens of people have been injured or killed. For example, the most recently alarming mass shooting occurred only a month ago in Parkland, Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a former student waltzed into one of the school buildings with an AR-15, pulled a fire alarm, and aimed his weapon at fleeing students, faculty, and staff, killing 17, and wounding 17 other victims, and has been broadcast across every platform almost nonstop. While this heartbreaking tragedy deserves all of the media attention it’s been receiving, there have been approximately 14 additional mass shootings, where 14 people have been killed, and almost 50 have been injured, with very little to no coverage in the news. Mainstream media absolutely shapes our perceptions of people and events, and by influencing public opinion, the media also directly influences our political atmosphere gun laws. Almost three
It was a hot August day in Austin, Texas, when Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the clock tower to discover his fate. He randomly shot people from the top of the clock tower. The University of Texas Shooting was a major event in American history because it was the first public mass murder, 42 people were shot, and it had a large impact on society. Charles Whitman’s life before the shooting was a rollercoaster. The Whitman family was not your average family (Bankston, 2007).
After the assassination of JFK the secret service changed many policies, such as; all presidents must ride in enclosed cars, presidents may no longer walk along the routes to shake hands, congress allowed Mrs. Kennedy and her children 2 more years of protection after leaving the White House and then in 1965 congress voted for lifetime protection, and the secret service has grown from 513 in 1963 to over 6500 today. If you ask anyone who was alive in 1963 where they were when JFK was shot, they can probably tell you. The nation mourned-Democrats and Republicans. Newsman, Walter Cronkite broke the news on television. JFK’s body laid in the East room of the White House for 24 hours before being taken by a horse drawn wagon to Arlington National Cemetery where his grave has an eternal candle.
Once Ryan decided to leave Jones found out and sent gunman to terminate Ryan and the reporter out of fear that the truth about Jonestown would be exposed. Soon after, as a form of rebellion, Jones told his people to gather around and commit what he called a “Revolutionary Act”(Moore 5). To clarify, later the next day,” Jim Jones, age forty-seven, was found dead from a single bullet wound to the head, most likely self-inflicted”(Jonestown 2). Jim Jones committed suicide after also leading nine-hundred plus people into the same dead end including Congressman Ryan, displaying beatings, and suicide drills. Out of fear of the consequences of his actions Jim Jones was held responsible for the mass murder and suicide his followers at The People’s Temple in Jonestown,Guyana on November 18,
50 years before, the Bloody Sunday Massacre took place in Selma in 1965, the state troopers attacked 525 civil rights demonstrators. Then, merely 8 days after this bloody tragedy, Johnson gave the speech “We Shall Overcome” to ask Congress for the legislation of Voting Rights Act and states that every man should have the right to vote no matter what race he/she is. Furthermore, he pointed out that the civil rights problems was challenging the entire country, not
May Thirtieth Movement I shall start off with a small summary of what constituted to the May Thirtieth Movement and thus the May Thirtieth Incident. On May 30 more than 2000 students took to the streets in reaction to various events, such as the killing of Ku Cheng-hung in Shanghai on May 15 by Japanese textile mill-owners and the killings of 8 workers by the reactionary government in Tsingtao on May 28. As the students rallied more people for their anti-imperialist cause it all came to a climax in front of the British police headquarters, where the police opened fire upon the crowd, killing and wounding many, which subsequently became known as the May Thirtieth Incident. This incited only more strikes and riots, and on June 1 a state of martial law was initiated in Shanghai. Discontent soon spread across the rest of China, bringing even more strikes, boycotts and riots aimed towards foreigners and imperialism.
INTRODUCTION “How could they do it, how could they?” “I don 't know, but they did it. They 've done it before and they did it tonight and they 'll do it again, and when they do it - seems that only children weep.” HARPER LEE, To Kill A Mockingbird. On August 9th, 2014, 18-year old African-American Michael Brown was fatally shot by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown, unarmed, was shot 12 times, until he succumbed to his injuries. The day after Brown’s shooting saw national outrage and protests in and outside of Ferguson, giving new life to a movement conceived in the wake of the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman, a Neighbourhood Watch volunteer accused of fatally and unjustifiably shooting African-American teen Travyon