Son of Sikh Temple victim travels to DC a day after Navy Yard shootings
Amardeep Kaleka will attend previously planned gun control event
Milwaukee--Amardeep Kaleka left Milwaukee for Washington, D.C. Tuesday with a heavy heart for the Navy Yard shooting victims and a message about gun violence.
Kaleka's father founded the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, and was one of 6 worshipers gunned down during a shooting rampage last year.
"Immediately when something like this happens, it takes you back to square one and your own tragedy, and you start to think about all these different connections culturally, this culture of violence that we're breeding in America today. It's unseen everywhere else," Kaleka told CBS 58's Mike Strehlow before he boarded his flight to Washington, D.C.
Kaleka's trip was planned weeks before Monday's shooting spree. He'll join families from the Sandy Hook School massacre to jump start the conversation in Congress about stricter background checks on guns, a debate that's lost some steam since a bipartisan deal fell just a few votes short of passing the Senate last April.
Mike Strehlow asked,"gun rights supporters will argue that as tragic as this was, the gun debate should not come into play in this case." Kaleka replied, "In our situation, we're going there far before this happened. If people ask us what we feel about guns we will answer them. But I think in this situation, I think we should all come together in this country and really look at these mass shootings as an epidemic."