Aug 7, 2012

Game Over [220/365]

Not your typical terrorist..
A deranged ex-armyman shoots and kills 20 in a Gurudwara in Wisconsin, USA.

Wade Michael Page was killed in a shootout that killed innocent people as well as a responding police officer. Wade is fondly described as a 'soft nice person' by his mom. His girlfriend could be arrested on felony charges. In the latest of a series of hate crimes this one has shocked the deeply religious Sikh community who are described as a 'peace loving community'

But why did this happen? What did it achieve?
Are we inadvertently breeding remorseless killers?

Home to about 7 lakh Sikhs, the US needs to do more to reassure this and other minority communities of their safety. While it's easy to point out this is yet another reason why the US needs stricter gun control, I think the nation needs to learn to practice what it preaches too. For a nation that sells missiles and weapons to the rest of the world, this could be an unwelcome after-affect. While I'd still advocate tougher laws governing gun ownership, I don't think everyone who carries a gun is going to shoot people.

One Sikh gentleman said: “Nobody's angry here. We're just confused. Was this a random act? Was this directed at us because of the way we look?”
I find this statement disturbing. Ofcourse, it is right to be angry here. There is no reason to be confused. And no, this was not a random act nor was it because of the way they look.
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