Wisconsin leaders respond to temple shooting
August 5th, 2012
03:50 PM ET
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Wisconsin leaders respond to temple shooting

(CNN) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who survived a recall effort in June, released the following statement Sunday on the Sikh temple shooting in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek:

"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."

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, whose Congressional District includes Oak Creek, also released a statement.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and everyone in Oak Creek who has been impacted by this tragic act of violence," the congressman said.

He continued: "I’m deeply saddened by this malicious crime and remain grateful for the selfless, dedicated service of the emergency response teams and law enforcement officials who continue to investigate this matter. As additional details are gathered, I am hopeful that we will all come together, united in a shared desire for peace and justice, and stand with the Sikh community as we grieve this loss of life."

Filed under: Paul Ryan • Scott Walker • Wisconsin
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    While we pray for the families, and hope we soon see an end to this type of craziness, we once again see that first responders and public servants are so important in our everyday life. Maybe it was not a good idea for Walker to eliminate their bargaining rights and reduce their pensions. Notice also, Governor 'anti government' Walker has the FBI helping in this investigation.

    August 5, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Pray for the officer who killed the shooter, as he is in surgery for his wounds.

    August 5, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Chef Luciano

    My heart goes out the victims and their families. This is a seamless act of violence.
    I commend the first responders they are my heroes. I pray for them all.
    Sikhs in U.S. are peaceful people.

    August 5, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Scum1981

    To be "Fair" to Walker, who I find loathsome, he didn't eliminate the bargaining rights of first responders. Other public union employees were affected by his cutbacks significantly, but not police officers or firemen.

    In regards to the shooting, I imagine that we'll find out that it's a younger white man, between the ages of 35 and 45, who watches an awful lot of fox news and listens to an awful lot of Rush Limbaugh. It's not the fact that fox tells people to commit violence, it doesn't, but it does promote Muslims as dangerous and an affront to liberty. It does promote the idea that Sharia law is coming and that Muslims have infiltrated the government and that all terrorist acts are clearly Muslims. With the type of propaganda that the right wing puts out in this country, it's no wonder that every now and again some nutjob takes things to another level. People should be more careful with their words and stop trying to demonize other cultures and opinions.

    Just because someone doesn't agree with you on a particular issue, doesn't make them un-patriotic. It doesn't make them less American.

    Until we get back to civil discourse in this country and stop using outlandish hyperbole, there will be more acts of violence based on imaginary threats conjured out of the ether.

    August 5, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. Larry L

    As Americans we should hang our heads in shame every time one of these ruthless and hateful acts occur. It's particularly shocking the Sikhs were selected as a target for this violence. The core of their beliefs is built on love and peace.

    August 5, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    Sorry for the unnecessary loss of lives but we live in a country where guns, ammunitions and bullet proof vests are available to anyone with enough money to pay for them.
    I wonder what this walker now thinks of the bravery of the same public servants he so much wants to get rid off!!

    August 5, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. jim

    wonder if the Officer who put his life on the line is worth a pension now??????

    August 5, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. bill j orlando fl.

    wire sf i find it so sad that you could bring in your political hate at a time like this. i pray for the family and friends of this tragic event.

    August 5, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. rla

    Wire– Others are wounded also- Prey fora method of interdicting a mind that does such things.

    August 5, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. Drew

    Not a time for political statements sadly people still suffer for the senseless killing of innocent people. It is also sad that there are people who would committ these acts of violence in the name of hatred.

    August 5, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. marty

    Most important is the health of welfare of the unsuspecting victims in this tragedy. May they all be blessed. Secondly, it takes tragedies like this one as well as Aurora and the others to illustrate how quickly local responders and the ordinary citizen come to the victim's aid. This country is blessed with caring people. If our leaders and politicians reacted in kind, we could eradicate the hatred that consumes so many at this moment in time. I hope that Scott Walker et al, take notice. The old truism, 'united we stand, divided we fall', is pretty apropo right now.

    August 5, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  12. cali ha ha

    Gun restriction period

    August 5, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  13. Ron

    Don't be "shocked" and "outraged" when this is just more goodness from Scott Walker and all the other right-wingers. Yes, it is a horrible crime and there are victims, but that is simply because of the misguided path these people have led the American people down. If the majority of American really cared then this would not happen scores of times every single day in the U.S.

    August 5, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  14. Henry

    That's exactly what they want you to believe. The big-gov't gun grabbers want you to feel scared and support a big huge Socialist/Communist gov't so they can raise taxes and rapidly expand a militarized police force. Meanwhile they take our guns away by destroying the 2nd amendment and the enslavement of the American people will be complete.

    August 5, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  15. John P.

    Sure, now Walker is grateful for those who's income and jobs he wants to gut? Pathetic. And using the FBI? Isn't that relying on that horrible thing called Government? I send good thoughts to that officer and hope he recovers as well as to the families who lost loved ones over such a senseless act. Yet another domestic case of terrorism. I lay blame on the Limbaugh's, Beck's and yes, even Fox Noise for inflaming this country with hate talk. They should all be yanked or at least boycotted. Why would anyone expose themselves to such trash is beyond me....and please don't call it "news."

    August 5, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  16. CBR

    Those selfless men and women deserve to know that we are doing everything to get some of these guns off the streets.

    August 5, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  17. Darryl

    So very sad ! I certainly hope to God this is NOT because of people in Washington Accuseing Muslims of infiltrateing our Goverment like they did. That kind of stuff makes people scared and want to lash out. This behaveior is unexceptable and I just hope to God thats not the root of it. There's allot of unbalanced mentally challenged people out there and all it takes is something that makes them feel their life is in jeprody or threatned and they explode. Michelle Bachmann and The Gomert senator, they both need to stop scareing people period.

    August 5, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  18. paul

    Gov. Walker's first call was probably to the NRA. "What do you want me to say", "How can we spin this", Walkers second call was to his financial agent telling him to buy stock in gun companies tomorrow as all the crazies will be out buying guns.

    August 5, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  19. Patrick in Minnesota

    I'd love to see Walker ask for assistance from the feds for this...

    August 5, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  20. chuck weidemann

    Fear of others who my look different or sound different,even worship different, has to stop. We all live and care for our families,neighbours,friends. We live in a country where we are free to be different....I pray for peace and tolerance as well as understanding. God bless the families and their lost loved ones.

    August 5, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  21. Fasil Moghul

    Sikhs are very strong people, they have a very rich history and it's my hope that they overcome this barbaric act.

    August 5, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  22. Jeff In Oregon

    I am looking at CNN's ticker and see the same old "we pray for the families", "senseless act of violence", and "shameful" coming from our politicians from both sides of the isle........ But nothing, nothing about the one common thing that is the driver behind our nation's weekly mass killings, guns.

    No there is a shameful act. Guns are a menace and need to go. They bring no good to the nation and a whole bunch of bad.

    August 5, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  23. lies from obama (and mabye his father)

    My thoughts and prayers to victims and their familes. Also, thank you to the law enforcement, emergency responders, and common citizens who put their life on the line for their neighbors.

    August 6, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |