Allison B. Hudson: When will the violence stop?
Every time I turn the news on, I hear acts of violence, and I can’t help but get tired of hearing about all of the killings taking place around the world.
The most recent one that spread on national television was that in Oak Creek, Wis. A gunman killed six people at a Sikh temple. As the story developed, the gunman, who died at the scene, was identified as 40-year-old Michael Page, a veteran of the Army. He was active in the military from 1992-1998 but was deemed ineligible for reenlistment for patterns of misconduct and an alcohol problem.
Sounds to me that Page has had some issues since then, however no article stated that he received help with his conduct issues. However, it did mention that he was a member of a racist skinhead band, which my guess is that he felt accepted into this group. Make no mistake, I am not saying it is OK for him to be a member of such a hateful group; however, I would like to raise the question as to why was this man not offered any help after being deemed ineligible because of his conduct and alcohol problems?
Now, we do not know if he had been offered any support or help with his psychological issues, but him being punished for drinking on duty reduced his title from sergeant to specialist, and that was all I was able to find.
It seems in reading various stories similar to this one, there are always psychological issues present either from childhood or recent changes in one’s life. At some point, it makes me wonder if we as Americans could help stop random acts of hate crimes and violent actions like such?
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