Wade Michael Page, the gunman who slaughtered six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, is a former psychological warfare expert assigned to bases in North Carolina and Texas.
Now, Page's Army psy-ops background may mean nothing, or it could hold vital clues about what drove this man to massacre these poor people. But, the public should withhold judgement about this incident until all the facts are in.
The 40-year-old Wisconsin man may have merely been some deranged individual who forgot to take his meds. What he did was despicable, but no one yet knows what his motives were.
It's obvious the media are formulating the "angry white male" narrative to explain the shooting. Already, the press is comparing Page to Timothy McVeigh, another former Army soldier. Page's Army stint was from 1992 through most of 1998, and he served at Fort Bliss in Texas, and Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
While authorities are treating the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin as "domestic terrorism," no one has any clue what the gunman's motives really were. On the other hand, Maj. Nadal Hassan shouted "Allahu Akbar" while killing 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009, yet the military has refused to classify that cowardly act as "terrorism."
Page opened fire at the Sikh facility in suburban Milwaukee Sunday morning, according to authorities. When police officers arrived, they discovered four people dead inside, and two others on the grounds.