The Scramble: The Shooting in Orlando
Orlando, Florida was the scene of a mass shooting Sunday that left 50 people dead and dozens more injured. We've heard the story before: a shooter walks into a crowded room with multiple weapons to kill large numbers of people in an astonishingly small amount of time.
Lawmakers from both parties rushed to condemn the violence, each expressing support for victims and their families. That is where the similarity ends.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country; Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton reached out to the LBGT community and called for greater gun control. Our political leaders reflect the deep cultural divide in America over gay rights, gun control, and terrorism.
Ourcollective attention doesn't dwell on a mass shooting for too long before the shock and pain fade in intensity. Is there hope for a serious conversation about the issues that divide us during this election year?
- Domenico Montanaro- Lead Editor for Politics and Digital Audience for NPR
- Nahal Toosi- Foreign Affairs correspondent for Politico
- Reza Mansoor - President of the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford; cardiologist at Hartford Hospital
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Colin McEnroe, Chion Wolf, and Greg Hill contributed to this show.