In the article, Four Dead in Ohio, (Upfront, Elder, 2020 subscription required), I learned that National Guard troops shot unarmed Vietnam war protestors. This sent extreme shock waves across all of America. In May of 1970, this tragedy happened. A few days before the troops had tried to restore order after someone set fire to the R.O.T.C (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps). Kahler was an unlucky bystander that was hit after the fourth or fifth shot that was fired. Kahler knew, almost instantly, that he had been shot in the spine since he had felt almost nothing.
I believe that this is an extremely sensitive topic because four people died and many were injured. Kahler was one of those who were injured by this mess but was luckily able to survive. Witnessing the troops kill and injure unarmed students made this conflict a greater issue.