Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) August 16, 2012
The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, (NOBLE), condemns the violent act at the Oak Creek Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin as an act of domestic terrorism. The senseless attack on a house of worship changed the lives of countless families forever, as many innocent victims were injured or killed.
“The wanton killing of defenseless people is a cowardly act of terrorism and cannot be tolerated in a peaceful society," according to NOBLE National President Maurita Bryant.
A semiautomatic weapon was used to commit this atrocity and has been the weapon of choice in many other attacks. No one needs to be reminded of the horrific shootings that occurred just weeks ago in Aurora, Colorado, where families and friends went to enjoy a movie when the perpetrator opened fire in the crowded theater. Or the unconscionable domestic terrorist attack against Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford and those who were attending a community event. And let us never forget about our nation’s children at Virginia Tech University and Columbine.
NOBLE, a member of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence believes these attacks would be more difficult if assault weapons were not readily available. These weapons are the common thread that binds victims of each of these incidents; and more has to be done to control the sale and distribution of these weapons.
The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives sends our prayers and support to the Sikh families and community. This hateful tragedy is a strong reminder that law enforcement must remain vigilant in our duty to protect and serve.