Another gun-related tragedy has struck America when a lone gunman killed six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The shooter, a man named Wade Michael Page, committed the act with a 9MM Handgun that was obtained legally.
In a background investigation of Page, the Oak Creek Police Chief said, “Right now there is no indication that there were any red flags.”
I took it upon myself to carefully study Page’s background by Googling him once and I am afraid to say that the police chief is 100% correct. I don’t see anything in Page’s history that would indicate he is unfit to own a lethal weapon.
U.S. military sources said Page had been discharged from the Army in 1998 for “patterns of misconduct” and had been cited for being drunk on duty.
No red flag here. A drunk kicked out of the army for “patterns of misconduct”? If you can’t trust a drunk with a handgun then who can you trust? I’m certainly not going to curtail someone’s right to bear arms just because the army decided that person shouldn’t be anywhere near arms.
But the uneventful history doesn’t end there:
Page had been a member of the racist skinhead band End Apathy, based in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
No red flag here. So he was a racist skinhead? I don’t have any reason to think a racist skinhead would be violent. After all Webster’s dicitionary defines skinhead as, “a usually white male belonging to sometimes violent youth gangs”. You see ‘sometimes violent’. I like those odds. And as anyone who has seen American History X can attest, when you give a skinhead a gun, everyone feels safe.
The lack of anything notable on his record continues:
Page also tried to buy goods from the National Alliance, a neo-Nazi group, in 2000. The SPLC describes the National Alliance on its website as “perhaps the most dangerous and best organized neo-Nazi formation in America.”
So he tried to buy goods from a dangerous Neo-Nazi group. But it never said what those goods were. For all we know Page could have been buying Hitler Youth Scout Cookies from someone in his office. It’s hard to say no to Hitler Youth Scout cookies with such great flavors as Vanilla and that’s it. No red flag. Even though the Nazi flag is literally a red flag.
In a 2010 online interview with End Apathy’s record label Label56, Page said he had founded the band in 2005 because “I realized … that if we could figure out how to end people’s apathetic ways it would be the start towards moving forward.”
Page was looking for a way to end people’s apathetic ways by starting a skinhead band. Page is a 40 year old drunk. The chances of that band being terrible are extremely slim. There was no way to know that his band would be a miserable failure leading him to take desparate measures to ‘end people’s apathetic ways’. With songs like ‘Self Destruct’, ‘Submission’ and ‘Insignificant’ there was no indiciation Page was capable of violence. No red flag.
So there you go. A racist, skinhead, neo-Nazi, army-discharged drunk professing to end people’s apathetic ways. I don’t see any red flags here. And I certainly don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t sell this man a lethal handgun.
- Alleged Sikh temple shooter former member of Skinhead band(dokmz.wordpress.com)
- Why is Plan B wearing a neo-nazi band’s T-shirt?(newstatesman.com)
- Shooter’s neo-Nazi past(salon.com)