As people in the UK and around the World become ever more engrossed in the Olympics important news appears to be getting buried or listed as hardly significant. The Syrian conflict, banking scandals, the EU crisis and more are barely mentioned.
One piece of news that is receiving little coverage by mainstream news reporters is the Wisconsin shooting last weekend.
The case has been taken over by FBI investigators who are classing it as "domestic terrorism" Just quite what that means is open for debate.
The Sikh victims will have been an easy target for the lone gunman. Once again it raises the question of the USA's gun policy. With some states operating a more "liberal" gun control policy than others. Wisconsin falls into that category.
The shooter a former militarily man was said to hold "white supremacist" beliefs. Certainly if you look around online there appears to be a lot of racially motivated hate once more. As countries now have a more diverse ethnic population racial hatred is even worse news than it was some years ago.It was always terrible news though.
Of course the victims and the families of those who died or were injured in Wisconsin deserve some answers. A thorough investigation may be necessary and a cover-up will help no-one. Those who preach racial hatred, often as a supposed joke or stab at US President Obama should take note. That is how terrors such as the rise of fascism in Germany began before. Have we learned so little from the Holocaust, you have to ask.
Today there are reports that a girlfriend of Wade Michael Page has been arrested for owning an illegal gun. There has also been some details about Page released. He seems to have been a complex character who was not unknown to law officers, albeit in a small way.
The main information though regards his involvement with the Neo Nazi and White Supremacist music scene. Another Anders Breivik or just another nut?
Although the reasons behind the shootings may never be known many belive he, like others, confused the Sikh faith with the Muslim faith. It is sad that all too many times those who preach racial hatred actually believe that they are religious people themselves. In reality that is far from the truth. Their God, should he exist, will not want them.
Although Page served in the US military for around six years he was discharged "due to a pattern of misconduct" How many others will fall under the radar of the authorities and cause chaos? Will America now look seriously at its gun culture and sections of society where White Supremacist values are rife?