Two high-profile mass shootings in less than a month ... We have to continue the gun debate, and that's exactly what I will do when I fill in on The Kramer Show today from 3 to 6p CST on 970 WMAY. Listen live online!
Kramer is out sick ... well, it's Cash that's sick ... but Anyways, I hope to get him on Skype to hang out on the air today. Consider it an experiment in broadcasting with The Kramer Show.
Either way, we're gonna have to talk about the continuously unfolding story out of Oak Creek, Wisconsin. If you haven't already, be sure to swing by Kramer's Forum to see all the intel he's been able to post in real time.
|Eyewitness of the shooting in Oak Creek says he saw four suspects|
Firstly--Initial reports and the potential control of information from eyewitnesses: this is very suspect.
There are eyewitnesses who said they saw up to four shooters. See the video to the right. Plus there's this statement.
The temple chairman is reported to have told Oak Creek area media (not the CNN's or other national corporate media) that there were suspicious calls and people around the day before.
Then, as seems to be a formula too often, the media reports they have their person, he's dead. He was a white supremacist, it was a "hate crime" and it's time to move on ...
Uh, what? Move on?
The latest on the shooter is that he was a former officer in the military in Psychological Operations. I posted, not too long ago about PSYOPS, just after the Colorado shooting three weeks ago. Read that post here.
Now, granted, he was dishonorably discharged in '98, but still ... six years with a lot of that being involved in psychological operations! He also was apparently part of some white supremacist group and even had a band called End Apathy. We'll see what else boils up this afternoon about shooter Wade Michael Page.
Now it's being reported that the FBI is searching for a person of interest.
This will continue to develop. Be sure to tune in for the latest.
The debate ...
The developments of the past few months are continuously increasing in weird. Fast and Furious, Arms Trade Treaty, Aurora shooting, now this? Plus the continued march towards unbelievably restrictive gun control measures.
Here's what gets to me. Gun control advocates always argue the extremes. "What if I wanted an 50 .cal on my car?" "Should people be allowed to carry bazookas to the park?" These are silly. Disingenuous and silly!
The measures being proposed--the restrictive measures being proposed--are focusing on SMALL ARMS!!!!
One proposal, signed in an amendatory veto by Governor Pat Quinn, would limit magazines to ten rounds. TEN! Not 30, 40, 50 or 100! TEN!!! That's a bit extreme!
There's another aspect to this whole story and that is this: A crime is a crime and violent crimes and murder are just that, violent crimes and murder. When we start characterizing things "hate crimes," we put that on a certain pedestal over other violent crime. For what reason? I have my theories. What are yours?
We'll continue the debate on the air today beginning at 3p CST. Listen online at www.WMAY.com