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 …
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 …
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 ceremony will take place in the Fireside Lounge in the campus Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. UWM Chancellor Michael Lovell will give an address and those who attend will have the opportunity to speak and reflect.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will hold a remembrance at 2 p.m. Thursday to honor the victims of the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek that occurred on Sunday. The ceremony will take place in the Fireside Lounge in the campus Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. It's being organized by the Division of Student Affairs, according to the university's website. UWM Chancellor Michael Lovell will give an address and those who attend will have the opportunity to speak and reflect. “We will be hosting a university gathering to create a campus conversation, honor victims, and show solidarity with those in the Sikh community,” said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Michael Laliberte in a statement Thursday. The Student …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Authorities have also revealed that Page died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he was shot by an Oak Creek police officer.
Authorities have conducted more than 100 interviews with people around the country and issued some 180 subpoenas, but are still seeking a better understanding about Wade Michael Page's motives for entering the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek and opening fire. Officials also revealed in a Wednesday news conference that Page died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head after he was shot by an Oak Creek police officer outside the temple Sunday morning. The investigation into Page has spanned the country, as the 40-year-old moved around a lot. His reasons for moving to the Milwaukee area are believed to center around a girlfriend named Misty Cook. The FBI has talked extensively with Cook since Sunday, special agent in charge Teresa Carlson said, but …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Many churches will join together throughout the state on Sunday in a day of prayer, to help Christians support the Sikh community dealing with the aftermath of the mass shooting.
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
In the wake of the shootings at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, the Wisconsin Council of Churches posted on their website a call for a "Day of Prayer for the Sikh Community" on Sunday. "Our hope is that next Sunday (Aug. 12) will provide an opportunity for Christians to pray for the victims, their families, and for the Sikh community, which has experienced much tragedy and hardship in this country since the Sept. 11 attacks," the announcement stated. "We also hope next Sunday will be an occasion for Christians in Wisconsin to learn more about the Sikh religion. Sikhs have reported that some people mistake them for Muslim terrorists, perhaps because male Sikhs traditionally wear turbans over their hair. Six members of the Sikh Temple of …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Seven killed, four injured in shooting spree, including veteran Oak Creek police officer.
A 40-year-old Army veteran acted alone in Sunday's shooting of six people at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, authorities said Monday. The shooter was identified by police as Wade Michael Page who recently moved to Cudahy. Page was shot and killed by police at the scene. "We have every reason to believe there was only one shooter ... though our investigation to that end continues," U.S. Attorney James Santelle said at a press conference Monday morning. "Oak Creek is secure." Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said a person of interest showed up on scene after the shooting. Someone told an officer the man looked suspicious. The person left before being questioned, Edwards said. Multiple media outlets reported Monday afternoon the…