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The reactions to the shooting that took place at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin Sunday all have one thing in common: expressions of tragedy. Beyond that? There is a lot of disagreement about what needs to be said, what isn’t being said and what it all means. While some would have us focus on gun control, others would highlight American ignorance over the differences between Muslims and Sikhs. Others still focus on the linguistic choices made in coverage of the recent shootings, questioning when to say “terrorist” and when to say “hate crime.”

I don’t pretend to know everything, or really anything, but I do think it’s important to consider the questions raised by the shooting in Wisconsin, particularly as seen side by side with the Aurora shooting.

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