After the Sikh Temple Shooting: Can We Talk About Guns Now?

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[Editor's Note: On Sunday morning, a white man opened fire at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six people before he was killed by police. This is less than three weeks after another gunman killed 12 in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater. Zuzu at Feministe asks, aren't these two tragedies enough to start a conversation about guns? --Grace]

The suspect in the horrific shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin has now been identified. He is Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old army vet and described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “frustrated neo-Nazi who had been the leader of a racist white power band.” He’d also washed out of the army after a reduction in rank for being drunk on the job and was ineligible for enlistment. He may also have just broken up with his girlfriend. Tell me again why we don’t worry about violent white men or their sense of entitlement?

 

Aug. 6, 2012 - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, U.S. - KANWARDEEP SINGH KALEKA (R) hugs an unidentified woman while his sister SIMRAN KALEKA (L) hugs another unidentified relative on Monday as they meet and mourn the loss of their uncle Satwant Singh Kaleka, president of the Sikh temple, who died in Sunday's temple shootings in Oak Creek. (Credit Image: © Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT/ZUMAPRESS.com)

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