The tragic shooting at an Orlando, FL, gay club has brought communications from local politicians, global mourners, and of course, presidential candidates. The killer's motive could be homophobia, terrorism, or both, depending on your perspective. With 50 people dead and another 53 wounded, this is the largest attack since 9/11 and has left people wondering how and why.
Here's a summary of communications about the event:
- President Obama's statement. Sadly, this isn't his first speech following a shooting tragedy in this country, and his message is consistent about needing more gun control.
- The National Rifle Association's op-ed in USA Today.
- News conference with police chief, FBI, and mayor, June 12 (below)
- Police chief's news conference, June 13
- Orlando college statements offering condolences and support.
- Presidential candidates' statements:
- Compare the presidential candidates' statements. How do their positions differ, and which do you most support?
- Assess the news conference. How are the officials sharing responsibilities, reporting on events, demonstrating sympathy, and so on?