Temple Massacre Has Some Sikhs Mulling Gun Ownership

The Sikh temple massacre prompted calls for stricter gun control, but some members of the India-based faith — who carry ceremonial knives — are considering taking up firearms in light of the tragedy.

Sikhs are rattled after the horrific Aug. 5 shooting in Oak Creek, Wis., in which Wade Michael Page opened fire for no apparent reason before a police officer gunned him down. Although the religion teaches tolerance and good deeds, some believe arming themselves could be the best protection against hate crimes that have too frequently been perpetrated by assailants who mistake them for Muslims. Page’s own motive is unclear, though he was a known white supremacist.

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