Terrorism in America: WI Gunman Kills 6 at Sikh Temple, Dies in Gunfire Exchange with Police; Neighborhoods Evacuated

Posted on August 5, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Mere weeks after the horrendous shootings at a crowded movie theater in Aurora CO that saw multiple potential copycats (including here in Maine), there has been another incident of domestic terrorism– this time at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

A gunman opened fire Sunday and killed six people at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee before he was killed in an exchange of gunfire with one of the first officers to respond to the chaotic scene, authorities said.

The shootings happened before 10:30 a.m., as several dozen people gathered at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin for Sunday services. Hours of uncertainty followed as police in tactical gear and carrying assault rifles surrounded the temple with armored vehicles and ambulances, and witnesses struggled with unrealized fears that multiple gunman had taken hostages inside.

While many details are still not known, there has been in the last few hours word of another disturbing similarity with Aurora, as police have evacuated neighborhoods about 6 miles away:

Police in Wisconsin have evacuated homes in a Milwaukee suburb northeast of the Sikh temple where an unknown gunman killed six Sunday morning. The evacuations are in Cudahy, which is about six miles from the temple in Oak Creek.

A military-style Humvee with FBI markings on the side of it moved up the street shortly after 6 p.m. with its lights flashing, moving along the west end of the block.. Authorities in green military uniforms with FBI insignia were seen moving up and down an alley and a street near the duplex.

To say this is a disturbing trend in our country is an understatement- what is worse is our apathy as a nation to deal with it. Not to limit 2nd Amendment rights, not to create more fear among the fearful- but for the very safety, well being and lives of every one of us.

Some politicians will send their condolences, and it is indeed correct to do so. But something else will happen– a familiar pattern, eerie in its predictability.

1. The police and the emergency respondents will do their absolute best to investigate the crime and assist the wounded. That’s actually happening right now. The truth is, our police, although they have their issues, are generally pretty good at what they do, and our EMTs and emergency care facilities are excellent.

2. There will be substantial media attention, the extent of which will depend on the number of people who were shot. If enough people are shot, a special mournful dirge will be written (as it was with the Aurora shootings)

3. In a day or so, various politicians will state that “our hearts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”

4. Many people will find themselves without medical insurance to cover their injuries, and will have to beg the community to pay for their bills, or the medical providers to reduce or waive them.

5. Some freakin’ jackass like Allen West will claim that if he had been there packing heat, he could have shot the perpetrator dead. And there will be “other blame the victims for being unarmed”

6. The gun industry will benefit as sales of whatever weapon was used here will go up. The more people who are killed the better the sales will be.

7. People like me who criticize the ready availability of firearms capable of this type of mass killings will be criticized as “politicizing” the event.

8. The whole thing will be forgotten by the general public (but certainly not the victims) in two weeks, max.

9. Another massacre will occur. Repeat steps 1 through 8.

Yeah. That about sums it up.

*Related: “How long must we sing this song?”

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