Democracy Now: Sikh Temple Shooter Identified as Neo-Nazi U.S. Army Veteran

Wisconsin police have identified the shooter who killed six worshippers at the Oak Creek Sikh temple on Sunday and critically wounded three others before being shot dead. The gunman was Wade Michael Page, a white, 40-year-old U.S. Army veteran with links to white supremacist groups. Page served as a soldier in the Army from 1992 to 1998, when he was discharged for “patterns of misconduct.” On Monday, the Southern Poverty Law Center described Page as a “frustrated neo-Nazi who had been the leader of a racist white-power band.” At the White House, President Obama called for a national “soul searching” in the shooting’s aftermath.

President Obama: “I think all of us recognize that these kinds of terrible, tragic events are happening with too much regularity for us not to do some soul searching and to examine additional ways that we can reduce violence. And as I have already said, I think there are a lot of elements involved in it. What I want to do is to bring together law enforcement, community leaders, faith leaders, elected officials at every level to see how we can make continued progress.”

~ by wheresthemic on August 7, 2012.

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