1857.09.07 Mountain Meadows Massacre
After 17 Mormon's had been killed in the Haun's Mill massacre (1838), and conflict in Nauvoo, Illinois (where Joseph Smith was killed by a mob), they had eventually fled and settled in Salt Lake City, Utah. Where James Buchanan (D) sent one-third of the U.S. army to make sure they weren't "rebelling". The Mormon's were suspicious of outsiders, and during this time, some of them attacked and exterminated all the people in a Wagon train (the Baker–Fancher party). There's a lot of fuzziness on whether it was sanctioned by Mormon leadership, and whether it was retaliation for poisoning of cattle and people.
| 1857.09.07 Mountain Meadows Massacre
Utah Territorial Militia
|Mormon persecution lead to suspicion and paranoia, and after some animals (and people) were alleged poisoned, and during a time when a Democrat President was agitating the mormons with the U.S. military, they wiped out a Wagon train (the Baker–Fancher party). There's a lot of fuzziness on whether it was sanctioned by Mormon leadership, and whether the rumors about the Baker–Fancher party were true.|| ❌ Gun Control wouldn't have mattered, it was basically an armed insurrection.|
✅ If Government had provided protection of the Mormon minority, they might not have been so victimized/paranoid.
❌ Gun Control wouldn't have mattered, it was basically an armed insurrection.