The nation has been traumatized for the second time in a few days more than that many weeks by another shooting, this time of a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. A shooter murdered six people at this holy place before a police officer shot the murderer and “stopped a tragic event that could have been a lot worse,” as Oak Creek Police John Edwards put it.
We all feel as we did when we learned of the Colorado shooting, numbed by the senselessness of the action, reminded again of the persistence of evil. Just as last month, our hearts go out to the victims and their families. We pray for the survival — and speedy recovery — of those now hospitalized.
Mitt Romney released this statement:
Ann and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims of today’s shooting in Wisconsin. This was a senseless act of violence and a tragedy that should never befall any house of worship. Our hearts are with the victims, their families, and the entire Oak Creek Sikh community. We join Americans everywhere in mourning those who lost their lives and in prayer for healing in the difficult days ahead.
Reporting as the story was unfolding, R.S. McCain restates what should be “obvious: We don’t yet know who the shooter was. We don’t know his motive, or his political affiliations.”
As details emerged, he provided more information about the shooter. Let us not jump to conclusions until the evidence is in. For now, we should stand together as a nation and pray for the victims.