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‘Lives are being lost for no reason’: Wisconsin movement addresses hate

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‘Lives are being lost for no reason’: Wisconsin movement addresses hate

‘Lives are being lost for no reason’: Wisconsin movement addresses hate

As law enforcement agencies investigate two recent mass shootings as possible hate crimes, an area group is committed to overcoming that hate.


‘Lives are being lost for no reason’: Wisconsin movement addresses hate

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>> the gun control debate back center stage after two mass shootings over the weekend.

A gunman killed nine people on saturday.

22 people were killed in el paso and a gunman killed nine people in a popular nightclub area in day on the.

Two of those shootings are being investigated as a possible hate crime.

Right before the california shooting, the gunman posted a reference from an author with white nationalist views.

It is that type of hate a madison group the committed to overcoming.

>> reporter: eric, wisconsin has 15 active hate groups according to the southern poverty law center that tracks more than 1,600 extremist groups nationally.

Here in our state, we are many united against hate and says now is the time to make change.

In a country reeling from back-to-back mass shootings in a year with more than 250 so far, the question comes what can we do?

>> i think laws.

>> reporter: here at home, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group is looking for solutions.

>> we believe a lot of the things you are seeing is because of fear, hate, and confusion.

>> reporter: the president of we are many united against hate is pushing for a bipartisan resolution strongly condemning all sorts of hate.

>> hate is not a republican issue.

It is not a democratic issue.

It is a human issue.

>> reporter: the southern poverty law center mapped out what they consider hate groups with categories with neo-naziism and nationalism, two are in the madison area, including the church of monroe listed for anti-lbgt.

>> i think it is dangerous of accusing everyone of hating because you have a different opinion from that person or organization.

>> reporter: the pastor says while the church has taken a stance against homosexuality, it is not their main focus.

>> to be stuck in with nazis, why s supremacist and other gros that truly do hate and some even call for violence, it is hard to be in with them, especially at my background is my dad, world war ii was in three different nazi prison camps.

>> reporter: hate is hate and must be addressed.

>> engagement is so critical.

>> reporter: he says that means addressing economic insecurities and keeping keep -- teaching americans others aren't so different.

>> people are not born with hate.

People are taught to hate.

If they can be taught to hate, it is easy to teach them how to love.

>> reporter: oktar urges people to get involved by making phone calls to elected officials.

He hopes his group can expand

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