WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - President Obama mentioned Oak Creek and its police hero Brian Murphy, as he pushed for gun control near the end of Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.
Lieutenant Murphy survived 15 gunshots in the killings of six worshippers last August at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.
Murphy sat in the First Lady’s box in the House chamber, as Obama said that Oak Creek and other communities hit by gun violence deserve a vote on his plan to ban assault weapons and expand background checks for gun buyers.
The president said all Americans should follow Murphy’s example. Obama said the Oak Creek lieutenant did not consider his own safety at the Sikh Temple as he tried to fight off the gunman until help arrived – and after that, he ordered officers to protect the worshippers, “even as he lay bleeding from 12 bullet wounds.”
When Obama asked Murphy how he did it, the officer replied, “That’s just the way we’re made.”