The photo above shows Jeffery Miller lying dead at the feet of 14 year old Mary Ann Vecchio. He was killed along with three other students at Kent State University by Ohio National Guardsmen. No convictions in this case. I bring this time up because the lawyer representing Jeffery's mother, Joseph Kelner, past away, on March 4, 2013.
Think the country is ideologically divided now? You should been with some of us during the 60's and into the 70's. John Kennedy was killed for political reasons as was Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. Governor George Wallace was seriously wounded for his political stance. I was put up against a tree in Grant Park during the 1968 Democratic Convention. Bayonets pointed at my chest by the Illinois National Guard. Post convention investigations termed it a "police riot".
Families were divided and hard feelings still linger today.
Ironically the movement back then was called the "peace movement" and even more ironically for me personally, I side with the NRA about government control of lethal force. Having lived and participated through this period I think it foolish to assume the government will not use deadly force against its citizens. And if they could get away with it don't think they wouldn't confiscate weapons. But, that's a whole other topic.