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Oak Creek mayor: Thoughts and prayers not enough

Posted: 3:53 PM, Dec 03, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-03 16:53:26-05

OAK CREEK -- It has been three years and four months since a gunman took the lives of six people in the Sikh Temple massacre.

After Wednesday's mass shootings in San Bernardino, California, members of the temple are saddened by the news as they still struggle to move forward from their own tragedy.

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"Just talking about it, just sending thoughts and prayers out to people is not enough," Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi says.

The mayor believes increasing funding for mental health programs is a start.

"I think we really really need to look at who has access to guns in this country.  I think we actually have to step up our law enforcement efforts significantly, not just looking at domestic terrorism or acts of violence in our country, but looking at what happens internationally. We can take those steps now to make sure that we are safer or we're going to regret it later, so I say let's do it now," Sacffidi said.