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The Scramble: The Shooting in Orlando

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Vigil for Victims in Orlando Shooting, Wellington 2016

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?


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Colin McEnroe, Chion Wolf, and Greg Hill contributed to this show.

Betsy started as an intern at WNPR in 2011 after earning a Master's Degree in American and Museum Studies from Trinity College. She served as the Senior Producer for 'The Colin McEnroe Show' for several years before stepping down in 2021 and returning to her previous career as a registered nurse. She still produces shows with Colin and the team when her schedule allows.

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