1) Wounded Knee wasn't a school shooting. 2) The massacre happened while the troops were disarming the Lakota, not after. 3) More guns wouldn't have made a difference since the US had more or less won at that point. 4) Gun nuts are stupid.
Also, no one's proposing to take away people's guns. The right-wing hysteria on this point is...hysterical.
Let the discussion begin
This posting led to the following discussion with a Facebook friend:
Let me guess: there was a school at the site of WK in 1890?
The massacre did occur while the Army was taking the Lakotas' guns. Gun fanatics are using this fact to argue against gun control.
I presume they're trying to arouse liberal sympathy by pretending that gun confiscation was behind Wounded Knee and other Indian massacres. As far as I know, a lack of guns wasn't a significant factor in any battle or massacre, so the claim is false.
I'm pretty sure the picture isn't from Wounded Knee either. The two guys in front look like white men leading a prayer service. Why would people be lined up to pray just before a massacre when they were surrounded by machine guns?
If you disagree with this theory, what's your explanation for why people are sharing it? You think they know something about the Wounded Knee massacre that I don't? What, exactly?
Image = propaganda
Never mind that this same government used force to integrate the schools and safeguard other civil rights. It's silly to think the government still wants to massacre civilians 123 years later.
As for why now, it could be just a coincidence. It's a little farfetched to think anyone's making a connection between Wounded Knee II, which happened in 1973, and this image. Wounded Knee II happened in the same area but it wasn't about the massacre 83 years earlier. Not directly, anyway.
People may be sharing this because everyone's talking about Wounded Knee II today, and it reminds them of Wounded Knee I. But I doubt someone created it to be shared today. I bet it's been floating around for weeks or months, and just gained currency today.
As for whether it's obvious, ask people who shared it without commenting on the pro-gun message. Let's see what they say.
P.S. This is a good case for your Word of the Week "insidious." <grin*gt;
Another Facebook friend found the original photo online:
It's labeled "Kamloops Indian Residential School Priest Parents Indian Children."
Kamloops is in British Columbia. And what exactly is this school? Wikipedia provides the answer:
Kamloops Indian Residential School
Not a bad choice for a fraudulent photo. You have Indians from the right era--the 1890s. They're dressed in the clothing of the times. There are no clearcut cultural identifiers such as tipis or totem poles. And the people look like innocents before the slaughter.
So the photo is from a residential school. Most of the people look like parents, but a few may be children. In any case, it has nothing to do with Wounded Knee or any massacre with 290 dead. As I thought.
My correspondent was so upset by Natives sharing this image that she posted a plea asking them to stop. Perhaps they heeded her, because the image stopped showing up. Or perhaps it ran its course and people moved on to the next Internet meme.
For more on gun control, see Gun Nuts Fear "Race War" and America's Culture Based on Violence.