Sikh temple shooting
We don’t know all of the details yet regarding the mass shooting at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, including the identity of the shooter or the motive. We do know that he was stopped by an armed police officer who was injured in a shoot out with the suspect, and our prayers go out to him and his family, as well as to all of the victims of this horrible crime.
Of course, not knowing any details hasn’t prevented from people making ridiculous comments on the Internet. Shirin Sadeghi says the shooting is the result of the “post 9/11 American xenophobia era.” Mother Jones magazine blamed the NRA (and the magazine was not alone). One Wisconsin Now never misses an opportunity to exploit a tragedy for political gain. Cliff Schechter blamed Governor Scott Walker. Another liberal took the opportunity to use the shooting to personally attack Sean Hannity and Fox News. Rebecca Shabad also blames Governor Walker. Jason Gooljar blames America’s conservatives.
And so on…
I’ll post some more updates as information comes in:
Here’s One Wisconsin Now trying to score political points from this tragedy:
Here’s Governor Scott Walker’s statement on the shooting:
Governor Walker Statement on Oak Creek Incident
Madison—Today, Governor Walker released the following statement regarding the Oak Creek incident:
While the situation in Oak Creek continues to develop rapidly, we are working with the FBI and local law enforcement. I became aware of the situation late this morning and continue to receive updated briefings.
Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, as we all struggle to comprehend the evil that begets this terrible violence.
At the same time, we are filled with gratitude for our first responders, who show bravery and selflessness as they put aside their own safety to protect our neighbors and friends.
Tonette and I ask everyone to join us in praying for the victims and their families, praying for the safety of our law enforcement and first responder professionals and praying for strength and healing for this entire community and our state.
Walker has cancelled his appearance in Green Bay tomorrow.
Here’s the reaction from former Governor Tommy Thompson:
Statement from former Governor Tommy Thompson in response to the senseless act of violence at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek:
“My heart goes out to those in the Sikh Community who had their profession of faith interrupted by a senseless act of violence. Together, as a community of faith, we have an obligation to come together in a show of support during a time of sadness and challenge. On behalf of my family, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.” –Tommy Thompson
Here’s the statement from Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch:
Statement of Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch on Shooting at Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin
(Oconomowoc) – Lt.Governor Rebecca Kleefisch issued the following statement this afternoon following the tragic shooting in Oak Creek early this morning:
“I join the people of Wisconsin and our nation as we pray for the victims of this senseless act of violence in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Our hearts go out to those who were killed, those who were wounded, their friends and families and everyone in the Oak Creek community. We share your sadness. Wisconsin is a state of caring people and we will come together in the wake of this tragic event.”
Mark Neumann posted on Facebook, “Our prayers are with the people of Oak Creek – Mark & Sue Neumann”
Statement from Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele:
“This is not only an act of extreme violence, it is also an act of evil. It is beyond the power of words to fully express our sorrow this afternoon. Our prayers and condolences go out to those killed and injured, and we share the grief of everyone affected by this senseless event. We are grateful for the bravery and immediate work by local, state and federal law enforcement. Residents of Milwaukee County have an amazing ability to support one another in times of crisis. This is one of those times. The Sikh community is an important part of what makes that happen in Milwaukee County, with a long tradition of standing up for and supporting others. Now we need to stand with them.”
Senate candidate Eric Hovde:
Sharon and I send our thoughts and prayers out to all of those involved in the Oak Creek shooting.
Mike Elk, “Labor Journalist for In These Times Magazine,” decides to use the shooting to lash out at Governor Scott Walker:
Walker later stripped collective bargaining rights of cop who got shot today m.host.madison.com/ct/news/local/…
— Mike Elk (@MikeElk) August 5, 2012
Of course, that’s a lie. Walker exempted the police from his legislation, Rep. Ziegelbauer’s (ex Dem) bill never passed, and it was Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett that supported extending the collective bargaining reforms to the police.
Then he ups the hate:
— Mike Elk (@MikeElk) August 5, 2012
Keith Olbermann reacts to the shooting with libel:
We also need to disenthrall ourselves from the illusion that
@nra is defending the rights of anybody – except of gun manufacturers to make $
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) August 5, 2012
Statement from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s office is online at OnMilwaukee.com.