by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: Found this is a new article on MSNBC:
“Wisconsin has some of the most permissive gun laws in the country and had passed a law in 2011 allowing citizens to carry a concealed weapon.” MSNBC
The shooter apparently did all this damage with a single 9mm handgun. Guess we got to ban ALL guns, not just AR-15s… which MSNBC dutifully mentions in the article.
Jagjit Singh Kaleka, the brother of the president of the temple, who was among the six Sikhs killed, said he had no idea what the motive was for the attack.
“But we know the more assault weapons we distribute the more situations like this we will have,” he said. The U.S. had a ban on certain assault weapons but it expired in 2004. MSNBC
Never mind the fact that no assault weapon was used during this attack.
Details are still sketchy about what exactly happened at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. Early on two witnesses claimed that 4 men came in wearing black and started shooting people in a well organized and systematic effort. The police and FBI have quickly revised that count to 1 guy. They claim that it is an act of domestic terrorism because he apparently has a 9/11 tattoo on one arm. Seems like the targeted men wore turbans which they claim the shooter (singular) mistook for meaning they were Muslims. Even if that is true, that would imply it was a hate crime, not an act of domestic terrorism.
According to the Los Angeles Times, tattoos plus “certain biographical details” were the source of that conclusion. A representative of the Sikh congregation, Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka, told CNN that “members described the attacker as a bald, white man, dressed in a white T-shirt and black pants and with a 9/11 tattoo on one arm.”
There has already been widespread speculation that the shooter may have intent on committing an anti-Islamic hate crime but confused Sikhs with Muslims because of their turbans. Kaleka pointed out that “maybe it’s because the ladies were fortunate enough to dodge it out, but so far most of the people I’ve heard have been shot and killed were all turbaned males.” Raw Story
It seems like the early reports of several shooters come from people relating second hand eyewitness reports from family members. Could be they mistook the tactical unit for the shooter or it could be that there was more than one assailant. Hard to say. But when you have at least two eyewitnesses reporting the same thing, it probably deserves some looking into…