Another day, another shooting. Welcome to America:
This weekend, army veteran and white supremest Wade Page shot and killed six people and critically wounded three others at a Sikh temple during worship services, before killing himself during an attack authorities are treating as an act of domestic terrorism.
Witnesses said the gunman opened fire when he entered the kitchen at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee at about 10:30 a.m. CDT (1530 GMT) as women prepared a Sunday meal, sending worshippers fleeing to escape the barrage.
The suspect was a bald, white man, approximately 40 years old, said Thomas Ahern, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Authorities did not release his identity.
Four people were shot dead inside the sprawling temple. Three, including the gunman, were killed outside.
Outside of the surprising call for the FBI to add the domestic terrorism narrative to this case (at least, this was surprising by my accounts), I don’t anticipate that much else will come out of this. I suspect there might be a regurgitation of some of the same, tired, political debates. The “guns don’t kill people” conversation and such. But I don’t predict any groundbreaking discussions about access to high powered weaponry, Islamophobia (even though Sikhs are not Muslims. But the untrained bigot doesn’t make any such distinctions), or the pathological violence perpetrated by white males in this country. Nope. Instead, I count on this being chalked to the act of a single, nut who harbored racial and/or cultural animus toward people who looked Muslim. That’s how the narrative has played out all the other million times a white male has snapped. Don’t be surprised when that’s all coming out of this story as well.
Either way, people are dead and their only crime was worshiping at the place of their choice. This is a sad state of affairs.
My thoughts and prayers are with Wisconsin today.