Biden on the tenth anniversary of the Oak Creek gurdwara attack: "No one should fear for their lives while worshipping."

President Joe Biden characterized the shooting at Oak Creek gurdwara in Wisconsin as the worst attack on Sikh Americans in our nations history . Six community members died in the attack, including Paramjit Kaur Saini, Sita Singh, Ranjit Singh, Prakash Singh, Suveg Singh Khattra, and Satwant Singh Kaleka .

NEW DELHI: President Joe Biden characterized the shooting at Oak Creek gurdwara in Wisconsin, United States, on Friday as the worst attack on Sikh Americans in our nation's history, marking the 10th anniversary of the assault.It has been a decade since a gunman opened fire on the gurdwara, just as worshippers were preparing for Sunday services.Six community members died in the attack, including Paramjit Kaur Saini, Sita Singh, Ranjit Singh, Prakash Singh, Suveg Singh Khattra, and Satwant Singh Kaleka; a seventh, Baba Punjab Singh, died years later.According to a statement by President Biden, generations of Sikh-Americans in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, created their own place of worship after years of renting local halls, creating a sacred space of their own and a common interest with the wider community.

The gunman murdered six people and wounded four others that day, as well as a third victim who survived his wounds only to succumb to them years later.(First Lady) Jill (Biden) and I know that days like today bring back the misery that was experienced yesterday, and we mourn with the victims' families, survivors, and the entire community that was affected by this barbaric act.Sadly, assaults on our nations houses of worship have only increased in importance over the last decade.We must all deny this ostensibly unfriendly harbor.

President Biden praised the Sikh community and said Oak Creek had shown the way.After the assault, the Sikh community retreated to their gurdwara and began to clean it themselves.The son of one of the victims became the first Sikh to testify before Congress, successfully calling for the federal government to look at hate crimes committed against Sikhs and other minorities in America.To honor the victims, the congregation now hosts an annual memorial run.

The statement also stated that it was vital to continue to take steps to reduce gun violence and keep fellow Americans safe.We must do more to safeguard places of worship and combat domestic violence and hatred in all its forms, even the poison of white supremacy.In many school shootings at houses of worship and other locations around the country, assault rifles are allowed, as well as high-capacity magazines.Last week, the House of Representatives passed a bill to do exactly that.

We must all unite to oppose the use of explosives that terrorize congregations around the world in order to promote religious freedom.On Friday evening, the Oak Creek gurdwara held a candlelight remembrance vigil to commemorate the memorial anniversary.The Sikh Coalition sent a letter to the White House earlier this week, signed by 89 gurdwaras around the country, urging President Biden to sign the Non-profit Security Grant Program Improvement Act and make more federal funding available to houses of worship that wish to protect themselves from attack and prepare for emergencies.On the 10th anniversary of the deadly assault, the gurdwara in Wisconsin issued a statement.

For many people, this year is significant.Sadly, ten years later, some people also feel sad loss and absence in their households and families.Several have come of age in the past decade, acquiring leadership skills and figuring out where they belong in the midst of tragedy.And even more have joined our growing group of supporters and have joined our story.

We are all inspired by the outstanding resilience of the Oak Creek Sikh community on this solemn anniversary, Sikh Coalition executive director Anisha Singh said.We also acknowledge that in the decade since the fall of the sikh tragedy, so many other communities have also been victimized by targeted violence based on hateful beliefs.We choose to honor those who have passed away by continuing to advocate for significant policy reform.In the decade since Oak Creek, not much has changed and watching other communities go through what we've been through has been frustrating, said Harpreet Singh Saini, who lost his mother Paramjit Kaur in the attack.