If you remember, just the other day, I addressed Communist Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), a man who doesn’t believe the Second Amendment was written to defend against tyranny, and the lies that he told on the floor of the US Senate in order to advance an attack on your rights and the Constitution. In that piece, Senator Murphy claimed that we had 19 school shootings and it wasn’t even March. Of course, he was going by numbers provided by Michael Bloomberg’s gun grabbing organization Everytown for Gun Safety.
I pointed out the specifics of each of the “school shootings” that were listed, in which most of them resulted in no one being wounded or killed.
However, I’d like to point out a specific school shooting that took place at the beginning of the 20th century in Chile, and it will sound like I’m pulling something from the kind of view that Everytown used to come to the numbers they did for this year, and I admit, in a sense I am. However, in giving full disclosure, I want you to see not just the site of the shooting in Chile, but who did it and why because this is the very reason we have the Second Amendment.
The shooting I’m referring to is commonly referred to as the Santa María School massacre and it took place on December 21, 1907 just days before Christmas.
The Santa María School massacre was a massacre of striking workers, mostly saltpeter works miners, along with wives and children, committed by the Chilean Army in Iquique, Chile on December 21, 1907.
One thing you need to keep in mind as I present what took place is that this was not a mentally ill individual who committed the crime like has been alleged in the Florida school shooting. Nope, it wasn’t a high rolling gambler with bump stocks on his rifles like the Las Vegas shooting of 2017. It didn’t even take place from Islamic jihadis like the Beslan school siege in Russia in 2004.
This was a state-sanctioned, cold-blooded murder of the people who were on strike along with women and children in a school yard. It was big government trying to force unarmed people to do their bidding.
Wikipedia has more on the what happened:
The number of victims is undetermined but is reliably estimated at over 2,000. It occurred during the peak of the nitrate mining era, which coincided with the Parliamentary Period in Chilean political history (1891–1925). With the massacre and an ensuing reign of terror, not only was the strike broken, but the workers’ movement was thrown into limbo for over a decade. For decades afterward there was official suppression of knowledge of the incident, but in 2007 the government conducted a highly publicized commemoration of its centenary, including an official national day of mourning and the reinterment of the victims’ remains.
The site of the massacre was the Domingo Santa María School, where thousands of miners from different nitrate mines in Chile’s far north had been camping for a week after converging on Iquique, the regional capital, to appeal for government intervention to improve their living and working conditions. Rafael Sotomayor Gaete, the minister of the interior, decided to crush the strike, by army assault if need be. On December 21, 1907, the commander of the troops at the scene, General Roberto Silva Renard, in accordance with this plan, informed the strikers’ leaders that the strikers had one hour to disband or be fired upon. When the time was up and the leaders and the multitude stood firm, General Silva Renard gave his troops the order to fire. An initial volley that felled the negotiators was followed by a hail of rifle and machine gun fire aimed at the multitude of strikers and their accompanying wives and children.
On December 16, thousands of striking workers from other industries arrived at Iquique in support of the nitrate miners’ demands upon the provincial authorities, with the aim of prodding the authorities to act. Previous entreaties to the government, in particular petitions presented by delegations in 1901, 1903, and 1904, had been fruitless.
The national government in Santiago sent extra regiments by land and sea to reinforce the two regiments stationed in Iquique. President Pedro Montt appointed General Roberto Silva Renard to handle the situation. Silva Renard, under confidential orders from the minister of the interior, Rafael Sotomayor, was ordered to use all necessary means to force the miners to dissolve and return to work.
More and more worker contingents joined the strike by the day. It has been estimated that by December 21 the strikers in Iquique numbered ten to twelve thousand. Soon after the journeys to Iquique began, this great conglomeration of workers met in Manuel Montt plaza and at the Santa María School, asking the government mediate between them and the bosses of the foreign (English) nitrate firms to resolve their demands. For their part, the bosses refused to negotiate until the workers went back to work.
The acting intendant of Tarapacá Province, Julio Guzmán García, mediated negotiations with representatives of the pampinos (plains dwellers) until the arrival at the port December 19 of the titular intendant, Carlos Eastman Quiroga, and General Roberto Silva Renard, chief of the First Military Zone of the Chilean Army, accompanied by Colonel Sinforoso Ledesma. Their arrival was cheered by the workers because a nitrate miners’ petition to the government nearly two years earlier, under the previous president, had received an encouraging response, although the demands had not been satisfied. But the interior ministry felt no solidarity with the demands of the strikers. The ministry relayed orders to the strikers to leave the plaza and the school and gather at the horse racing track, where they were to board trains and return to work. They refused, sensing that if they went back to work, their requests would be ignored.
In the face of the growing tension between the groups, on December 20, 1907 the strikers’ representatives held a meeting with Intendant Eastman. Simultaneously, a decree published in the press announced the declaration of a state of siege, which entailed the suspension of constitutional rights. While the meeting with Intendant Eastman was taking place in the Buenaventura nitrate works, a group of workers and their families tried to leave the spot, but troops opened fire on them by the railroad tracks and kept shooting. As a result, six workers died and the rest of the group was wounded.
The funerals of the slain workers were held the next day, December 21, 1907. Immediately at their conclusion, all workers were ordered to leave the school premises and vicinity and relocate to the Club Hípico (Horse Club). The workers refused to go, fearing they might be bombarded by the guns of warships which were lined up alongside the road they would have to travel.
General Roberto Silva Renard’s account of the massacre. Collection of the Archivo Nacional de Chile.
At 2:30 in the afternoon, General Silva Renard told the leaders of the workers’ committee that if the strikers did not start heading back to work within one hour, the troops would open fire on them. The workers’ leaders refused to go, and only a small group of strikers left the plaza.
At the hour indicated by Silva Renard, he ordered the soldiers to shoot the workers’ leaders, who were on the school’s roof, and they fell dead with the first volley. The multitude, desperate and trying to escape, surged toward the soldiers, and were fired upon with rifles and machine guns. After a period of firing from the Manuel Montt plaza, the troops stormed school grounds with machine guns, firing into the school’s playgrounds and classrooms, killing in a frenzy without regard to the women and children screaming for mercy. The survivors of the massacre were brought at saber point to the Club Hípico, whence they were sent back to work and subjected to a reign of terror.
That’s not all, they tried to cover it up. Initial reports claimed between 140 and 195 people were killed.
General Silva Renard, dubbed “the Butcher of Iquique,” later survived an assassination attempt by a brother of one of his victims, but it left him blind and an invalid. He died just seven years later, considered a hero, decorated with full military honors.
However, as one lover of history pointed out, “In August 2007, as the centenary of the massacre approached, ordered a Chile’s President Michelle Bacheletteam of archaeologists and forensic scientists to excavate the site that was for so long rumoured to be the mass grave of the Santa Maria School Massacre victims. Nearly 2,500 bodies were exhumed. As Chile owned up to the truth of its shameful past, public exhibitions were mounted, a monument to the dead was erected, a national day of mourning was decreed – and General Silva-Renard’s name was quietly removed from the artillery regiment that had been posthumously denominated in his honour.”
The writer also wrote that this infamous crime “was subsequently suppressed for nearly one hundred years; if not for the testimony of witnesses passed down to new generations through oral tradition and an art form unique to Latin America, this tragic episode might never have come to light. But as Chile underwent a Socialist revolution in the decades following World War II, the victims of the so-called Santa Maria School Massacre became mythical hero-martyrs symbolising the depth of social injustice.”
Now, the point is this, and people like David Hogg and his friends down there in Florida and across the country need to understand is that they are being used as useful idiots to disarm America today, so that they will grow up and be in the very same position as these miners were in Chile in 1907 where the only ones who had guns were those in government and the people were nothing more than slaves.
That is what these little Communists are pushing for today and this is where this is all headed if we do not stand our ground on this issue, and you’ll never hear any of the gun grabbers bring this school shooting up because it presents exactly where they are wanting to go, not some restrictions, but full gun confiscation with no rights for citizens.
Article posted with permission from Sons of Liberty Media