This Oak Creek, WI massacre at a Sikh temple has me saddened and outraged. I am sad for the many who lost loved ones and outraged over how this all happened. It was a horrible hate crime. In a country of immigrants, a famed ‘melting pot’ of the world, how are certain people able to have so much hate for people who are different from them? I mean not being a white American doesn’t make you less American. Afterall, the people who are actually native to this land (the Native Americans) are not white Americans. Besides them, we are all immigrants and whether your family came 10 generations ago or 1 does not determine how American you are or how much you love this great country. These haters need to get a clue and cleanse the evil inside their souls.
I know that after 9/11 many people became paranoid about Muslims because it was Muslim extremists who attacked our country and made us live in fear. However, those were extremists and people shouldn’t generalize. Also, Sikhs are a totally different religion than Islam and have nothing to do with those terrorist groups. People should get their facts straight if they are going to have such strong beliefs against someone or something. Obviously these types just need any excuse to exercise their violent tendencies and unfettered access to firearms makes it easy. I mean places of worship were considered sanctuaries and off-limits even in war times. So going into a peaceful prayer service and killing innocents is beyond cowardly and disgusting.
This shooter Wade Michael Page was a white supremacist and had been going to hate events around the country. I’m glad these gatherings are doing something useful. I mean don’t you feel safer as Americans now that some old people saying their prayers have been gunned down? Did this guy feel that because these people wear a turban similar to a terrorist group they should be murdered? White Nazis did horrific things in Europe to those who were different but do we all say all white Christian people are Nazis because they have the same skin color? No, we only punished those who were guilty of the crimes and didn’t start hating and fearing every white person across the world. A terrorist is a terrorist and it’s not because of what they wear or the color of their skin.
I also hate the fact that we have had so much senseless gun violence in the last couple of weeks. I understand we have the right to bear arms and whether I like it or not, it is legal. However, can’t we control the sale and access better? I mean why do people need such dangerous assault weapons? If people want guns for hunting animals or for self-defense, I don’t think they need all these crazy assault weapons. Apparently WI has the most lax regulations on buying guns. I read that a law against some of the most dangerous weapons expired in 2004. I think it is time to bring some of those regulations back and improve on them. We need to end the ignorance and not make it so easy for the crazies to get weapons.