A gold plaque hangs next to a bullet hole in the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., where a lone gunman killed six wor­ship­pers and injured three others last August. It is engraved with the words, “We Are One.”

It frames the wound,” says Pardeep Kaleka, son of former temple pres­i­dent Sat­want Singh Kaleka, who died in the mas­sacre. “The wound of our com­mu­nity, the wound of our family, the wound of our society.”

In the past week, that wound has been ripped open with shocking ferocity.

In what has become sick­en­ingly familiar, gunmen opened fire on inno­cents in what should be the safest of places — first, at a shop­ping mall in Oregon, and then, unthink­ably, at an ele­men­tary school in Connecticut.

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