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The Kent State shootings appear to have been a near-panic reaction by the Guard. If there were actual incoming shots, or even good reason to believe there were incoming shots, the reaction is more justified.
There were a lot of Guard soldiers in that formation. 65 shots in 13 seconds is a burst by some of them, very brief, not an attempt to slaughter rioters.
It's important to remember that something like 15 people were also injured, and that at least one of the dead students almost certaily wasn't involved in the protests -- he was an ROTC cadet himself. The Guard shooters were clearly not identifying and firing on real targets, I'm afraid.
For the best eye witness accounts of the Kent State shootings by various Kent students and national guardsmen who shot students, check out the Emmy Award winning documentary, "Kent State, The Day the War Cam Home." It was just released on DVD for the 40th anniversary. In its review of the program, The Hollywood Reporter stated, "This extraordinary hour long doc is so good, so well constructed, that it can't help but leave viewers feeling as if they themselves were on the bloody scene of the Kent State carnage..." for more go to kentstatedvd.com