Once again,folks,another mass shootout is in the news. It has been only a little over 2 weeks since that moviehouse massacre in Aurora,Colorado.
This time, it’s in a place of worship specifically a Sikh temple in Oak Creek,Wisconsin,USA(located southward between the cities of Milwaukee and Racine). This happened today on a Sunday, a day of worship when everyone in that temple gather together to celebrate their relationship with their god. This is no different when one goes to church to reconnect with one’s god.
This only reinforces the thought that we now live in dangerous times and no place is 100% safe for us anymore . I had already discussed this in my previous blog on 7/20/12 regarding the Aurora moviehouse massacre but at that time, only in the context of the safety issues being compromised inside a movie theatre.
Initial reports stated that 7 people including the gunman are dead. Many were wounded and among them, a policeman who was able to shoot the gunman down for good.
The police hasn’t yet released details about the gunman though in some unconfirmed press releases leaking around,it was said that he allegedly has a 9/11 tatoo on his arm. Obviously, they were able to identify him since they’re now at his home and taking extra precautions before entering inside in case his place is also boobytrapped like that of the Colorado gunman just a little more than 2 weeks ago.
The Oak Creek police force is relatively smaller but has now been aided by other depts. like the FBI for instance . Initial press conference stated that it was a case of domestic terrorism. The temple is currently a crime scene and investigations as of this time are still ongoing and would probably stretch out way into the night.
Follow-up press conference will be tomorrow hopefully with more details about the mass shootout and the gunman.
In the mean time, rampant speculations about whether it’s a hate crime considering the ethnicity of the group targeted and the reasons leading to the shootout persist. Is the gunman also a nut case?A copycat? Does he have an axe to grind with the Indian community or just a few? Is he even one of their own?
One thing is evident. Gun use vs. gun control vs. 2nd amendment rights discussions will reignite once again.
What’s heartbreaking is that one can no longer feel safe going inside a place of worship. I dread to see the day that we may need to go through a metal detector or have a bag check before entering a religious sanctuary.
And to think that we always feel safe inside our respective place of worship because we all perceive that we’re shielded from the dangers of the world.
My thoughts and prayers are to the people inside that Sikh temple and to the rest of the citizens within Oak Creek, Wisconsin,USA. May justice prevail.