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Sikh women mourn senseless
The shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing seven persons, is being called an act of ‘senseless violence’ and it is. But as the Mayor of New York calling for regulations of gun said so are the 38 killings each day in USA. The 50 plus homicide victims in Milwaukee and the 294 persons who have been murdered in Chicago in 2012 are victims of acts of senseless violence. How many men, women and children have died by USA Killer Drones in Pakistan, Somali and Yemen, acts of senseless violence in my opinion. Senseless violence is celebrated in video games and par of many TV shows. Today we remember the greatest one action of senseless violence in history, dropping the Atom bomb on city of Hiroshima, Japan.
There was a lot of information locally by the act of senseless violence yesterday at the temple. But there was little focused on the cause. But I did see a small segment on TV where the shooters stepmother talked about he had radically changed when he came back from the military. And through a news service I saw an article in the the Jakata Globe in India that the shooter was a Psychological Operations Specialist in the Army for five years. It was from the Army that I learned “psychological operations specialist is primarily responsible for the analysis, development and distribution of intelligence used for information and psychological effect.” One of the job duties listed for this special op force is “Research and analyze methods of influencing foreign population from a variety of information sources.”
I do not what this information that I had to dig for but it is, for me, more helpful to understanding the why of this criminal act than all the political expressions of sympathy but failure to take actions to curb senseless violence that happens daily in USA and all around the world.
When I stopped today taking in information about the shooting and deeply let the reality of it sink in I was surrounded by the cloud of death. The same happened tonight as I watched at the end of PBS news hour as silently the pictures, names, rank and age of soldiers killed in Afghanistan recently.
Senseless violence will slow down only when we slow down and see, hear and feel the environment of senseless killing. We cannot stop senseless violence but we can create an environment that prevents senseless violence.
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