UNDATED (WSAU) Survivors of the Oak Creek temple shootings will ask a U-S Senate sub-committee today to have the government keep track of hate crimes against members of the Sikh religion. Harpreet and Kamaljit Saini lost their mother in the August 5th rampage at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin – and they’ll appear before members of the Senate’s judiciary panel.
Besides more tracking of hate crimes, they want the federal government to more closely monitor purported white supremists like Wade Michael Page. He’s the gunman who killed six people and wounded four others at the Oak Creek temple.
Kamaljit Saini told W-T-M-J T-V in Milwaukee that the U-S needs a stronger definition of terrorism. He said Page proved quote, “You don’t have to be a foreigner to be called a terrorist.” And he called the Oak Creek shootings “an act of terrorism.”
The sub-committee will also hear from federal officials and others on the subject. Wisconsin Democrat Herb Kohl is on the panel, and he’ll be among those hearing today’s testimony. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will also be there. He said he applauds the Senate panel for quote, “taking the issue so seriously, and talking about solutions.”