Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Shooting at a Sikh temple by a former U.S. Army soldier Wade Michael Page
Another senseless shooting happened at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on August 5, 2012. Forty year old Wade Michael Page a former member of the U.S. Army went in the Sikh temple and started shooting. When it was all over, he had killed six people five men and one woman ranging in age from 39 to 84. He also shot Lt. Murphy , a 51-year-old officer who was first on the scene. Lt. Murphy was ambushed by Wade Michael Page in the parking lot. He was shot eight to nine times at close range with a 9 mm handgun. When two other officers arrived they exchanged gunfire with Page, killing him. The officers found Lt. Murphy laying shot in the parking lot. Lt. Murphy and two other shooting victims are listed in critical condition. Lt. Murphy is expected to make a full recovery, because he was wearing a bullet proof vest. Wade Michael Page is from Colorado. He received basic training in Fort Sill, Okla., moved to Fort Bliss in Texas and finished at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. A U.S. Army spokeswoman told Yahoo News that Page served from April 1992 until October 1998 as a member of the psychological operations unit. He was never deployed, but was awarded numerous medals, including two for good conduct and one for humanitarian service. A psychological operations specialist is "primarily responsible for the analysis, development and distribution of intelligence used for information and psychological effect," according to the U.S. Army website. If that is the case what happened to this so called decorated soldier? According to CNN, citing a Pentagon official, Page was discharged in 1998 for "patterns of misconduct." Of course the U.S. Army would not confirm that. I think just maybe their covering themselves, because they don’t want to admit they let a deeply disturbed person loose on the streets. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Page "was a frustrated neo-Nazi who had been the leader of a racist white-power band." The band, called End Apathy, formed in 2005. According to the group's MySpace page, its music "is a sad commentary on our sick society and the problems that prevent true progress." If you ask me Wade Michael Page was a racist and he could have targeted any minority group. Unfortunately it just happened to be the Sikh community. I’m going to say it again we need stricter gun laws in this country. All these innocent people killed by these cowards have to stop.