On 10th anniversary of Sikh temple shooting, Biden pushes for assault weapon ban: ‘We must do more to protect places of worship’

WASHINGTON — On the tenth anniversary of the shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek that left six people plus the gunman dead, President Joe Biden again called for lawmakers to ban assault weapons and take action to “defeat domestic terrorism and hate in all its forms.”

In a statement Friday, Biden said he and First Lady Jill Biden mourn for the victims’ families and urged leaders to do more to reduce gun violence.

“The Oak Creek shooting was the deadliest attack on Sikh Americans in our nation’s history,” Biden said. “Tragically, attacks on our nation’s houses of worship have only become more common over the past decade. It is up to all of us to deny this hate safe harbor. No one should fear for their life when they bow their head in prayer or go about their lives in America.”

The president said Oak Creek’s “eternal optimism” in the wake of the shooting “has shown us the way” to move forward. Still, more needs to be done to prevent further tragedies, he stressed.

“We must do more to protect places of worship, and defeat domestic terrorism and hate in all its forms, including the poison of white supremacy,” Biden said. “We must ban assault weapons—used in many mass shootings at houses of worship and other sites across the country—as well as high-capacity magazines. Last week, the House of Representatives passed a bill to do just that. As a matter of conscience and common sense, the Senate must act as well. To stand in defense of religious freedom, we must all stand together to ban the weapons that terrorize congregations around our country.”

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