Hindu Americans Express Shock at Latest Mass Shooting in Oregon

Washington, DC (October 1, 2015) -- Leaders of the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) expressed shock and mourned the loss of at least 10 people in a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon earlier today.

While the motive is still unclear, this is the latest case of mass murder involving guns. Earlier this year, Dylann Roof, a white supremacist, killed nine African American congregants at Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina. HAF Executive Director Suhag Shukla, Esq., said this incident further highlights the need to implement legislation to reduce gun violence and improve gun safety.

“We can no longer look the other way after horrible tragedies like this occur,” Shukla said. “How many more cases of gun related violence, particularly in schools, need to happen before lawmakers take common sense steps to ensure the safety of Americans?”

University and school settings have historically been common sites for gun violence, based on official statistics. HAF has called for gun reform to curb violence particularly targeting student settings and houses of worship. HAF has been engaged with White House and Administration officials on bolstering sensible gun reform since the violent attack that took the lives of 26 children and teachers in Sandy Hook, Connecticut as well as the shooting at a Sikh Gurdwara in Wisconsin, both in 2012.