Shooting at the Sikh Temple & Rodney King

I woke up this morning and read that 7 people were killed in a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. These people went to worship, not knowing that their lives were in danger or that some of them would die that day. Why should they? You would think you’d be safe at church, right? Apparently not. What kind of sick jerk kills people at church?

In this (sad that there has been more than one) incident, he was a Skinhead. I wandered over to Stormfront because I’m masochistic that way. And, I had to read for myself what they thought of what happened. I’ll share this gem with you. This was a comment on ABC Reporting: Officials Believe ‘White Supremacist’ Behind ‘Domestic Terrorism’

Well then, we know what we have to do.

We will see what a search of the shooters home reveals. OR rather, we will see what a search of the shooters home they plant in there.

And again, a war on Whites. Only this time, it’s going to get REALLY ugly.

So, to at least one of them, this is all a conspiracy, the dead suspect is the fall guy, and they are the real victims of this. It’s a war on white people. Oh, and I don’t know what they mean about it getting “really ugly,” but that sure as hell doesn’t sound good. All of that is ridiculous and possibly threatening, but I shouldn’t be surprised, right?

Back in the early 1990s when South Central Los Angeles erupted into chaos over the acquittal of the officers who beat up Rodney King, he pleaded, “Can’t we all just get along?”

Since it’s bloody obvious we can’t, I’m going to ask, “Can’t we just leave each other alone?”

8 responses to “Shooting at the Sikh Temple & Rodney King

  • lbwoodgate

    One thing I found disturbing in the NBC news report is that the shooter “had no obvious connection to domestic terror or white supremacist groups and apparently was not on any list of suspected terrorists.  The suspect was in his early 40s, and while he had an arrest record, it was for minor offenses.”

    Now there may be more revelations that will alter this description or fill in a lot of grey areas as they stand right now but this basic bit of information is telling, to me at least, that this country has a serious issue with those who suffer mental health problems and the easy access to guns.

    I’m not sure what the answer to this is or even if there is a singular answer. There’s no evidence yet that this shooter had been building up an arsenal and for the time being seems to have only had this one weapon. So you can’t claim that he abused his 2nd amendment right to bear a weapon to protect himself.

    Clearly though, being white, his attack on dark skinned people who shared a “foreign” religious belief system set something off in him that can be associated with a mentality in this country, as in some parts of Western Europe, that openly demeans non-chrisitians.

    “Officials told NBC News the suspect, who served in the U.S. Army, had many tattoos. The suspect had some kind of radical or white supremacist views but, as far as officials said they had heard, he was not in any kind of radical organization.”

    We have serious mental health issues with many former military who have engaged in combat. This experience along with an atmosphere of religious intolerance and overblown fears of “jihadists” makes such people susceptible to violence. Somehow it seems this information needs to be part of a background check and one that may, under certain conditions, require a mental health exam at the expense of the Veterans’ administration.

    This would still exclude a lot of hateful people who never served in the military but are weekend warriors in unauthorized militias around the country who have an exaggerated fear of “people who hate the constitution and want to steal our freedoms”.

    • Spinny Liberal

      The lack of mental healthcare for former military is a travesty – especially now when it’s desperately needed. 4, 5 tours is going to seriously mess with your mind. The unathorized militias/weekend warriors don’t scare me as much as the lone wolves who decided that whatever the group was doing wasn’t working. So they take matters into their own hands and end up committing horrific acts – like killing 7 people in a Sikh temple.

      • lbwoodgate

        “The unathorized militias/weekend warriors don’t scare me as much as the lone wolves who decided that whatever the group was doing wasn’t working.”

        My contention is that such groups serve as breeding grounds for such lone wolves who feed into the sick minds of such people. People whose hatred may have lingered at the back of their mind had they not got involved with others who stimulate and arouse that inert contempt

  • aFrankAngle

    Great final question Spinny. Meanwhile, I am interested in hearing more about this loon.

  • Lori

    Or as John Lennon said, “…give peace a chance..” We aren’t going to “win” any war on drugs, terrorism, domestic violence and whatever…

    • Spinny Liberal

      You’re totally right. “Winning” a war doesn’t erase the fact that you were in one.

    • Ric

      Was it Gore Vidal who said that a war on terror was like a war on dandruff? Maybe it was Hitchens. Anyway, the same thought holds for our other ‘wars’ – on drugs, on domestic violence, illegal immigration, abortion, et al. Americans love to metaphorize every difficulty into a ‘war’.

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