BRADY CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON ANNIVERSARY OF WISCONSIN SIKH TEMPLE SHOOTING | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

BRADY CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON ANNIVERSARY OF WISCONSIN SIKH TEMPLE SHOOTING

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

For Immediate Release: August 5, 2016

Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly@bradymail.org

Phone: 202-370-8131

BRADY CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON ANNIVERSARY OF WISCONSIN SIKH TEMPLE SHOOTING

WASHINGTON - Four years ago today, six worshippers were killed and three more were wounded, along with an Oak Creek police officer, when a white supremacist filled with hate and armed with a gun attacked the Oak Creek Sikh Temple in Wisconsin. Responding officer Lt. Brian Murphy was shot fifteen times before the shooter was brought down.

Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign, issued the following statement.

"Few places are more sacred, more personal, than those of worship. Four years ago today a man driven by hate and armed with a gun invaded such a place, took six innocent lives, and, in doing so, attacked an entire community of the faithful. Today’s anniversary serves as another reminder of the importance of engaging in a national conversation about hate in America and the policies we can enact to disarm it by keeping guns out of dangerous hands.

“Tragedies like this and the ones we’ve seen in places like Orlando and Charleston can make it difficult to be optimistic about what we’ve accomplished so far. But we have come a long way and momentum is truly on our side. The American people have had #ENOUGH of gun violence and the 90 lives that are taken every day because of it. From fiery protests and gatherings across the nation to the outspoken cultural icons who plead for change, Americans are demanding action and policymakers are finally taking notice." ##

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About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of over 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced the largest national protest of gun violence in U.S. history - The Million Mom March, Mother’s Day 2000.