Washington, D.C. (Aug. 5, 2016) — Friday marks four years since the tragic shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, during which a gunman opened fire in a Sikh gurdwara, killing six people and injuring several others.
Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements:
U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair:
“Four years after the devastating shooting in Oak Creek, we continue to remember the innocent lives of those who were senselessly taken from us due to intolerance and gun violence. These acts of hate will never be forgotten, and they drive us to double down on our commitment to build a more inclusive and tolerant society. As we reflect on this tragedy, let us also remember heroes like Lt. Brian Murphy, who took 15 bullets to protect the gurdwara and its congregation, as well as leaders within the Sikh community who have become vocal advocates of ending prejudice and gun violence. Our country is stronger when we stand against hate together.”
U.S. Rep. Mike Honda (CA-17), CAPAC Chair Emeritus:
“Today, we remember the tragic shooting at Gurdwaras at Oak Creek and recommit ourselves to the necessary work of combatting hate by building understanding across faiths and cultures. Our country was founded by those fleeing religious persecution. The diversity of our faiths and the freedom to practice them are what make America beautiful. Just a few short weeks ago, Sikh Americans came together in our nation’s capital to share the tradition of Langar, a meal that is shared together to signify unity and peace. In this time where religious diversity threatens to give way to intolerance and violence, we must learn from this example and create opportunities to learn and understand one another.”
U.S. Rep. Ami Bera (CA-07):
“Far too many Sikh Americans have been wrongfully subjected to hate crimes and discrimination, and the Oak Creek shooting is just one horrific example of violence and intolerance against Sikhs. I have worked closely with the Sikh American community and I am committed to protecting civil rights. I am pleased by the FBI’s work to track hate crimes against Sikh, Hindu, and Arab-Americans, among other categories. The Sikh faith promotes equality, religious tolerance and community service, both of which are fundamental American values. I am dedicated to promoting equality for all and working to prevent tragedies like this from ever occurring again.”
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.