So said Randy Gardner to The Arizona Republic.
The first time, before “again,” the date was May 4, 1970 and twenty-eight Ohio National Guardsmen “fired approximately 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four (Kent State University) students and wounding nine others.”
The protest that day was against Nixon’s Cambodia Campaign, which many viewed as an expansion of the Vietnam War as the President spoke of the need to draft 150,000 more American young men.
Some caught in the line of fire at Kent State were observing or just walking by. Gardner was only a few feet away from a young man who was shot and killed instantly. Today, he is a 66-year-old Southern Californian and retired mental health care therapist.
The “again” part of Gardner’s statement occurred in 2011 when U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords was shot in Tuscon, Arizona. Gardner was shot in the foot—minor compared to Phyllis Schneck (with whom he’d been chatting while standing in line) and 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green, both of whom were killed.
Taking a bullet to the foot was what happened to Kent State sophomore Tom Grace in 1970. Grace, 67, is now a professor in Buffalo, New York and Gardner’s helping organize talks and to promote Grace’s book, Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties. The two men will be present as witnesses and to comment on this infamous event on April 13 at the Pasadena Central Library.
Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Survivors of Kent State
Thursday, April 13th at 7 p.m.
Pasadena Central Library, 285 W. Walnut St., Pasadena 91101
For more info, visit CityOfPasadena.net/library-events
Or call 1.626.744.4066
The Arizona Republic (as linked above).
“Kent State Shootings” on Wikipedia.org.
“Kent State Incident,” History.org.
“Photographer John Filo discusses his famous Kent State photograph and the events of May 4, 1970,” CNN.com.