It’s been in all the papers – there was another spree killing yesterday. 40-year-old Wade Michael Page killed six at a Sikh temple before a cop killed him.
My condolences and prayers, naturally, go out to the victims and their families, as well as those of the cop wounded in the exchange. Many Sikhs came to America to escape this sort of thing; their sect has been the target of considerable violence from both Hindi and Muslim extremists in India.
Naturally, the left is already politicizing the hell out of this; it’s a crisis and so not to be wasted. The waves of attacks on the law-abiding gun owner, the NRA, and by some accounts the biggest enemy of all, the Middle Aged White Guy, have already begun.
But all but the most over-the-edge lefties agree that there are some people who do get to have guns. For most, the military is one of them. And Page is a veteran, albeit not one that’s going to appear on any recruiting posters
CBS News reports that Page enlisted in the Army in April 1992 and was given a less-than-honorable discharge in October 1998. He was last stationed in Fort Bragg, N.C., serving in the psychological operations unit.
Speaking of psychology:
The Southern Poverty Law Center told the Associated Press that Page was a musician in white power bands whose lyrics express hate against minorities and ethnic groups.
Mark Potok, spokesperson for the Southern Poverty Law Center, said Monday that Page had been on the white power music scene for more than a decade in bands including Definite Hate and End Apathy.
Potok says the music is so violent and full of lyrics talking about carrying out genocide against the Jews and other minorities that the whole business exists almost exclusively over the Internet.
In the wake of the Aurora shootings, the boundlessly vapid Fareed Zakaria, on a segment on his CNN snoozer that was a thinly-veiled “Violence Policy Center” press release, “responded” perfunctorily to the idea that psychology is more a predictor of violence than is access to firearms, saying “you can have you opinion, but you can’t have your own facts”. And that was all he said – as if invoking a cliche resolved the issue.
The fact is, legal access to guns is a dangerous thing, statistically speaking, only on conjunction with a few fairly identifiable factors; namely, if someone in contact with a legally-purchased firearm has…:
- a criminal record
- a drug or alcohol problem
- a dangerous mental illness