Bulletin: Alleged Sikh Temple Shooter Former Member of Skinhead Band

by on August 6, 2012 · 5 comments

in Government, Politics

by Mark Potok / Southern Poverty Law Center Hatewatch

Southern Poverty Law Center

The man who allegedly murdered six people at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee yesterday, identified in media reports as Wade Michael Page, was a frustrated neo-Nazi who had been the leader of a racist white-power band.

In 2010, Page, then the leader of the band End Apathy, gave an interview to the white supremacist website Label 56. He said that when he started the band in 2005, its name reflected his wish to “figure out how to end people’s apathetic ways” and start “moving forward.” “I was willing to point out some of my faults on how I was holding myself back,” Page said. Later, he added, “The inspiration was based on frustration that we have the potential to accomplish so much more as individuals and a society in whole.” He did not discuss violence in the interview.

Page told the website that he had been a part of the white power music scene since 2000, when he left his native Colorado on a motorcycle. He attended white power concerts in Georgia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Colorado.  At various times, he said, he also played in the hate rock bands Youngland (2001-2003), Celtic Warrior, Radikahl, Max Resist, Intimidation One, Aggressive Force and Blue Eyed Devils. End Apathy, he said, included “Brent” on bass and “Ozzie” on drums; the men were former members of Definite Hate and another band, 13 Knots.

In 2000, the Southern Poverty Law Center has found that Page also attempted to purchase goods from the neo-Nazi National Alliance, then America’s most important hate group.

The New York Times has also run an article confirming this information.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. 

 

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avatar Philly Joe Swendoza August 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Of all the entitled minorities in America, none is more entitled than American gun owners. Why is their entitlement insulated like no other from examination & hard questioning? Why is their entitlement treated as a given while others are required to be earned? No need to remind me of the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution. The document after all has been amended 27 times in just over 200 years. Not exactly written in stone. The right to bear arms does not even specify guns. Chew on that, originalists, & start stockpiling your swords & pikes.

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avatar Goatskull August 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm

While I’m not a gun person and don’t own any or have any desire to, this is about a white supremest. Not all gun owners fit that description. What you’re bringing up is a whole separate discussion.

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avatar Philly Joe Swendoza August 6, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Goatskull. It’s about a white suprmacist with a gun killing multiple innocent people. Any chance I get to call out gun owners to defend their entitlement, I will take it. Guys like this can spout white suprmacy all they want, but when they pick up a gun to enforce it, that’s a different matter. We couldn’t have taken his gun away for what he said. The 2nd Amendment is not a license to kill innocents, but that’s what the National Rifle Association has turned it into. Unfortunately, it’s incidents like this one that force us to focus attention on the larger issue. Sorry to muddy your water, but I do think we’re paddling the same boat, upstream as it is.

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avatar Goatskull August 6, 2012 at 8:47 pm

You’re not exactly muddying my water. I’m not a pro gun person. I was just pointing out the fact that not all gun owners (I’m quite sure most) are not white supremacists like this guy is.

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avatar Christopher Moore August 6, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Apparently he was dishonorably discharged from the Army, so by federal law, he shouldn’t have been able to “legally” purchase a firearm.

I’ve seen the police statements to the effect that he “purchased the gun legally”, however per the Gun Control Act of 1968, no-one dishonorably discharged from the military is legally allowed to own a gun.

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