Shura Council Joins the Nation in Condemning Oregon Mass Shooting
The Islamic Shura Council joins the nation in condemning the senseless violence and mourns the loss of innocent lives in the recent mass shooting at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. " These acts of senseless violence are deeply shocking and sad. It is troubling that the shooter questioned his victims about their religion before killing them. This kind of hate and ignorance should be of serious concern to all Americans and as a nation, we must engage in a serious and sincere conversation to end such tragedies," said Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, Chairman of the Shura Council.
We agree with the President who said " such shootings have become routine," and we also concur with the President's analysis that " we (as a nation) have become numb to this after Columbine, Blacksburg, Tucson, Newtown, Aurora and Charleston."
The rise of violent right-wing extremism continues to terrorize the nation and experts call the law enforcement agencies to rethink their strategies including the now infamous countering violent extremism program.
Guns can now be carried concealed in 49 U.S. states and openly in 43 states. Anyone can purchase guns at gun shows where background checks are not required. In many states, guns can be carried into the everyday places where we live - in restaurants, offices, supermarkets, schools, libraries among other public places. The Shura Council encourages you to visit your congressional representative and ask them about their position on the use of guns in public places and the ever growing and never ending gun violence in our country.
The National Disaster Interfaith Network offers these tips for religious leaders and parents to deal with the tragedy that impacts all of us across the nation.