Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wisconsin Shooting, Neo-Nazis, and Stupidity

I haven't written about the Wisconsin shooting, because I don't blog much on the weekends, and Monday was a total blogging loss due to just. . .life. I don't know really what I can say about the shooting, other than to express a couple of observations.   [Story continues below]

- Again, though gun rights advocates always say that gun laws only keep guns out of law-abiding citizens hands, the shooter had a legal weapon.
- Again, it's a case of guns don't kill people, bullets kill people; ie, the ability to fire a lot of bullets in a short period of time.
- This man was apparently stupid, confusing any turban-wearer with his dreaded Muslims.
- This man was also a neo-Nazi, apparently, and/or white supremecist (forgive me for not knowing if there's a difference). One thing about these people is that very few will openly claim them. I'd be inclined to call his positions "extreme right wing," but I doubt right-wingers see it that way.
- This shit happens too often.
- When people started making drugs from Sudafed, it was regulated. When some jackass tried to blow up a plane with a shoe bomb, we got regulations that make us take our shoes off at the airport. When Timothy McVeigh blew up a building with fertilizer, they regulated fertilizer. I'm not saying that all of these regulations are done well, or are 100% necessary. . .but they happened, and we're allowed to discuss them, and probably can lobby to tweak them. Why are gun/ammunition control laws off the table?

That's all I've got right now.


Military, music marked temple suspect's path to Wisconsin

Investigators spent Monday trying to figure out what led 40-year-old Wade Michael Page from repairing missiles for the Army to a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee, where he was killed by police at the end of a Sunday morning rampage. . .

Read more at: CNN

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