Sunday, December 30, 2012
Discussion on gun control, ownership and use has come to the forefront locally and nationally. Vote in our poll on the matter, and participate in the comments.
Three high-profile shooting deaths in the Milwaukee area since August — coupled with mass shootings in Aurora, CO and Newtown, CT — have heightened the national dialogue on gun ownership and control. It’s also increased the interest in Americans of owning guns. Sellers across the country reported surges in business following the Newtown elementary school shooting, and the head of the National Rifle Association called for armed security in schools. Meanwhile, Democrats plan to introduce federal legislation to ban production of high-capacity magazines, according to the Huffington Post. Have recent events made it more likely you would own a gun for personal safety? Or have they squelched any notion of owning one? Finally, have events and …
Friday, November 30, 2012
The Sikh Temple shootings in Oak Creek in August weighed heavy on Christie Kern's mind, so much so that she decided to partner with members of the temple to hold a community event for people to learn about the Sikh culture.
When the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek happened in August, the tragedy weighed heavy on Christie Kern's mind. The Mount Pleasant resident and owner of Racine Community Acupuncture lived in Trinidad in 1990, when a coup claimed the lives on 50 people. Like everyone in the United States, she was horrified by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. But the Sikh Temple shooting felt closer and more personal, like the attack was in her neighborhood. Prakash Singh, Sita Singh, Ranjit Singh, Satwant Singh Kaleka, Paramjit Kaur and Suveg Singh were shot to death by white supremacist Wade Michael Page at the Sikh Temple, 7512 S. Howell Ave, on August 5. Three others were injured, including an Oak Creek police officer. Like …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
A CBS Evening News story on the Aug. 5 shootings at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin includes previously-unreleased video from an Oak Creek squad car.
The CBS Evening News aired the first television interview with Oak Creek police officers Brian Murphy and Sam Lenda Tuesday night and showed newly-released footage from the Aug. 5 attack at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. The new video shows the moments after Lenda shot gunman Wade Michael Page, who had just shot six temple members and wounded four others, including Murphy. "My thought was, 'If I can't shoot him, I'm gonna run him over, but he's not leaving this parking lot and he's not getting back inside the church," Lenda said. "He was on a mission. I say, I confronted evil in the parking lot. And evil was not gonna leave there." Murphy was the first officer to arrive at the scene and was shot 12 times, with three other shots hitting his …
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's guest column addresses the many kinds of heroism displayed after a shooter opened fire at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek.
On Sunday, August 5th, the world was stunned as news spread that a gunman had opened fire on worshippers and law enforcement at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. It was a moment in our state's history that we will never forget. Questions about motive still remain and may never be fully answered, but this column is not about the evil of one man. This column is about the strength and dignity of a community. For as sure as we bear witness to the suffering inflicted that day, we also bear witness to the triumph of courage and service over hatred. The heroism started as soon as the first bullet was fired, when many risked--and some lost--their lives to save others. The heroism continued, as people gathered outside of the temple …
Saturday, August 18, 2012
First lady is expected to be in the Milwaukee area on Thursday in a move that national Sikh leader describes as "reassuring and heartening."
First Lady Michelle Obama is coming to the Milwaukee area on Thursday to meet with family members of the victims of the Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek. Obama will meet with immediate family members of those who were killed and injured, a White House aide told Reuters News Service Saturday on the condition of anonymity. It was unclear whether Obama would visit Oak Creek or the temple while she's here, or whether she'll meet with Oak Creek police Lt. Brian Murphy, who was one of four people injured in the Aug. 5 shootings. Murphy remains hospitalized and is in satisfactory condition. Obama also will attend a campaign event while in town. Gunman Wade Michael Page opened fire during a Sunday service at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, killing …
Monday, August 13, 2012
Monument Square was the location for Sunday's vigil.
A cool breeze, and cloudy, yet forgiving skies were the backdrop for Sunday evening's vigil honoring the victims of the Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek. Organized by the Racine Interfaith Coalilition, a group of about 60 prayed together during the vigil Monument Square. Several leaders from the Racine faith community lead the short service. Also in attendance were Senator John Lehman, Representative Cory Mason and Mayor John Dickert, who gave a moving speech asking listeners to "stop fertilizing the hate with silence".
Sunday, August 12, 2012
The shooter in Sunday's Sikh Temple slayings was connected to the white-supremacy music scene. Does that sort of expression deserve First Amendment protection?
Last Sunday’s tragic shootings at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek turned another spotlight on “hate speech” when the shooter, Wade Michael Page, was connected to the white-supremacy music scene, also known as “hatecore.” Earlier this summer, a different version of hate speech came to southeast Wisconsin when members of the tiny but vocal Westboro Baptist Church picketed in front of churches in Brookfield and Oak Creek. They carried signs with phrases such as “God Hates Fags” and “Your Pastors are Whores.” While one seemed at least loosely connected to a grisly mass murder and the other resulted in an uneventful protest, both forms of expression are protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which says: Congress …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
"As we move forward as a state and nation, Wisconsin and America stands together with members of the Sikh community as we pray for the survivors and remember the dead," said Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
The state partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address once a week. Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed on http://www.wi-broadcasters.org and http://walker.wi.gov/Weekly-Radio-Addresses. To download an mp3 file, you can right click the radio address link and click “save link as.” This week, Gov. Scott Walker spoke about the tragic Oak Creek shooting at the Sikh temple. The following is the transcript from his radio address: Hi, this is Scott Walker. Since the terrible acts of violence committed last Sunday at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, our entire state has been focusing on supporting the victims, their families, and the survivors of this …
Friday, August 10, 2012
People from around the world came to Oak Creek High School Friday morning for the funeral of six people who died in attack at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.
The caskets came in one by one. In a mostly empty gym, before thousands of people would file in, members of the Sikh community brought in the bodies of Prakash Singh, Sita Singh, Ranjit Singh, Satwant Singh Kaleka, Paramjit Kaur and Suveg Singh. Six trips into the gym and back out. Each one only underscored the magnitude of Sunday's violent attack at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek. On Friday morning inside the Oak Creek High School gymnasium, family members and friends remembered the victims' lives while people from around the world came to pay their respects. Mourners began lining up outside the high school just after 8 a.m. and made their way through the gymnasium throughout the 90-minute service, with the gym not able to hold everyone at …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The two-hour event will be a viewing and include remarks from local dignitaries and family members.
Mourners are expected to arrive at Oak Creek High School by the thousands Friday morning for the funerals of six people killed in Sunday's shootings at the Sikh Temple. The service will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. inside the gymnasium of the school, 340 E. Puetz Road. Mourners will remember Sita Singh, Ranjit Singh, Satwant Singh Kaleka, Prakash Singh, Paramjit Kaur and Suveg Singh, who were killed in Sunday's attacks. Friday's service will be a viewing for people to pay their respects, as opposed to a traditional Sikh funeral, said Amardeep Singh, spokesman for the Sikh Coalition. The bodies will then be taken for traditional rites that will be done in private and in accordance with Sikh tradition, he said. People from around the world are …