I write this on the day of the Wisconsin Sikh Temple shooting. There is little information as I post this; more details will come out shortly. However, we know this:
- They described the shooter as a white man.
- Turban-wearing Sikhs are often mistaken for Muslims.
- Officials say he was armed with a 9-millimeter, semi-automatic pistol.
- The suspect, described as heavily tattooed, wore a white t-shirt and black military BDU pants. He also had ammunition pouches.
- “Because of the heroic efforts of the officers,” said Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards, “they stopped this from being worse than it could have been.”
From the little I know of the Sikh religion, I can say it is one of the most harmless and gentle of all religions. Not a lot of religions can make that claim. Why is gentleness and kindness persecuted, a target for evil? Goodness offends evil.
The spirit of the Trickster is laughing once again. Despair is the Trickster’s tool of trade. After the Colorado shooting we have the Wisconsin Sikh Temple shooting. We shake our heads wondering what the hell is going on. Is the world going crazy? Indeed.
As I write this on the day of this terrible event there are few details of the motivation of the shooter. Was the shooter inspired by wacko beliefs and the gun culture? Was he inspired by the Trickster?