Biden, US lawmakers keep in mind Oak Creek gurdwara shootout

Washington, August 6

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and several other lawmakers on Thursday joined the Sikh group to recollect the victims of the 2012 tragic Oak Creek gurdwara shootout, urging the individuals to scale back gun violence and provides hate no protected harbour.

On August 5, 2012, a white supremacist opened firing contained in the Oak Creek gurdwara in Winconsin, killing six individuals.

A Sikh priest, who obtained accidents within the shootout that left him paralysed, handed away in March this 12 months.

“Eight years ago, a white supremacist targeted a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, WI — ultimately taking seven lives in an unspeakable act of terror,” Biden, the previous vp, stated in a press release.

“To truly honour those we lost, it’s up to all of us to stand up to bigotry in our lives, give hate no safe harbour, and reduce gun violence,” Biden stated as a number of US lawmakers joined the Sikh group in remembering the victims on the eighth anniversary of the assault.

The six victims killed included one lady: Paramjit Kaur, 41; and 5 males: Satwant Singh Kaleka, 65, the founding father of the gurdwara; Prakash Singh, 39; Sita Singh, 41; Ranjit Singh, 49; and Suveg Singh Khattra, 84. All of the male victims wore turbans as a part of their Sikh religion.

“Eight years ago today a white supremacist walked into a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, WI, fatally shooting 6 people. We just honoured El Paso and next week is the anniversary of Charlottesville. How much longer will the rising threat of white supremacy go virtually unaddressed?” Indian-origin Senator Kamala Harris stated in a tweet.

Congresswoman Judy Chu stated, “eight years after the horrific murder of six Sikh Americans in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, we continue to remember the lives that were needlessly lost due to white supremacy and gun violence”.  

“Today, as our nation continues to grapple with systemic racism and inequality, it is more important than ever that we recommit ourselves to rejecting hate and intolerance in all forms. Whether it is a gurdwara in Oak Creek, a church in Charleston, a synagogue in Pittsburgh, or a Walmart in El Paso, an attack on any racial or religious community is an attack on us all. These acts of domestic terrorism do not reflect our values as a nation, and we must denounce violence and hatred wherever they arise,” she stated.

Congresswoman Grace Meng stated that this reminds of the eternal impression of that day, as Sikh priest Baba Punjab Singh who handed away in March, rightly dominated a murder resulting from his paralysing accidents from the Oak Creek capturing. PTI


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