Eagles Guitarist Joe Walsh Reflects On 50th Anniversary Of Kent State Shootings


On the 50th anniversary of the tragic shootings at Kent State University in northern Ohio, legendary guitarist Joe Walsh, who was there, remembers the tragedy and comments on the state of the country then and now. Joe commented:

"Today is May 4th and it marks 50 years since the shooting at Kent State University. Those of us who were there remember that day graphically, when our classmates, our friends, got shot down.  We were naive young people who had left our parents nest and were just starting our lives by going to college and furthering our education. And we were peacefully demonstrating but because of a total dysfunctional authority trying to handle a situation they didn't understand,  it mutated into elevated emotions and anger, chaos and fear escalated into violence. It was a long time ago but the reason it is so important and should be remembered is because history repeats itself – and we are as divided as a country now as we were then – and people demonstrating have no chance against people with guns.  The solution then, as it is now, is to be able to peacefully assemble and understand each other and accept our differences, without fear, without hatred, without violence."  – Joe Walsh  


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