Well, another far-right crazy went from simply “off the deep end” to “way down in the Mariana Trench.” Wade Page walked into a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis., and shot six people to death before being killed by police. And once again, the nation will look at this tragedy in a vacuum. But not me, ace. I’ve already written too much about Jim Adkisson, Richard Poplawski, Joshua Cartwright, Scott Roeder, James W. von Brunn, and on and on and on. Real quick, for those too lazy to click links:
Adkisson walked into a Unitarian church in July 2008 and opened fire, killing two and wounding seven, specifically because he wanted to “kill liberals.”
Poplawski killed three police officers and wounded two in Pittsburgh, Penn., in April 2009 when they showed up at his home over a domestic disturbance. Poplawski, according to one friend, feared “the Obama gun ban that’s on the way” and “didn’t like the Zionists controlling the media and controlling, you know, our freedom of speech.”
Cartwright killed two police officers trying to arrest him over a domestic disturbance in Crestview, Fla., in May 2009. According to the police report, his wife reported that “he had been severely disturbed that Barack Obama had been elected President.”
Later that same month, May 2009, Roeder assassinated abortion doctor George Tiller.
The next month, June 2009, von Brunn murdered a guard at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.
And that’s just a few examples of folks who actually succeeded in their murderous intentions. There’s many more who were stopped before they could: Kevin Harpham, and Byron Williams, for example. To whit:
Harpham planted a bomb filled with shrapnel laced with rat poison along the route of a Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, Wash., in Jan. 2011. (The link above, incidentally, is to an Esquire article on the attempted bombing by Charlie Pierce, and anything Pierce writes is probably worth reading.)
Williams got into a shootout with police on a freeway near Oakland in July 2010. He had an arsenal in his car and told police after being captured that he had been heading to the Tides Foundation, a progressive fiscal-sponsorship group. He said he was inspired by Glenn Beck to start a revolution.
And, of course, there are literally dozens who never even get past the threatening phase — all those idiots who have been arrested or questioned by the Secret Service after threatening the president or other government officials over Twitter, Facebook, and wherever else.
But don’t worry about any of that. Wade Page was a lone gunman. Just a lone gunman, nothing to do with anything else, no connections to be made, no other bodies to be counted.