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Biden slams Wisconsin Gurdwara shooting on his 10th birthdayOUS News

New Delhi: US President Joe Biden has denounced the Gurdwara shooting that took place in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on August 5, 2012, on his tenth anniversary.

Calling it the deadliest attack on Sikh Americans in US history, Biden stressed the need to ban the assault weapons used in many mass shootings at places of worship, as well as the high-capacity magazines.

On August 5, 2012, the Sikh community of Oak Creek came under attack when white supremacist Wade Page stormed a Gurdwara in Wisconsin and shot six worshippers, before killing himself. A seventh severely paralyzed person died from their injuries in 2020.

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Stating that no one should fear for their life while worshiping or going about their business in America, Biden said the House of Representatives had passed a bill in this regard and called on the Senate to do the same.

“To defend religious freedom, we must all come together to ban the weapons that terrorize congregations in our country,” the president said.

He also praised the optimism of the Sikh community in the United States, which annually hosts a memorial honoring the victims of the Wisconsin mass shootings.

Meanwhile, in a joint statement, the Sikh East Coast Coordinating Committee (SCCEC) and the American Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee (AGPC) said that the SCCEC and AGPC commemorate this shooting and pray for the deceased souls and their families.

They also expressed solidarity with other faith communities who have fallen victim to mass gun violence and white supremacy, and urged the US Congress to pass the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act.

“We also join the call for the US Congress by the Sikh Coalition and SALDEF to pass the Prevention of Domestic Terrorism Act,” said Himmat Singh, coordinator of the SCCEC.

“On this sad occasion, we remember the mass shooting at the Charleston Church where nine black worshipers were shot and killed in 2015, and the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh where 11 worshipers were killed in 2018. .

“The SCCEC and AGPC stand in full solidarity with other faith communities who have been victims of mass gun violence and white supremacy,” said Pritpal Singh, AGPC Coordinator.

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