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October 3, 2017

How should elected officials react to mass shootings?

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For guidance on how to talk with students about mass shootings, you may want to read SAMHSA’s “Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers.”  

  1. On Sunday night, a mass shooting occurred at a country music outdoor festival in Las Vegas where 22,000 people were gathered. The gunman, 63-year old Stephen Paddock, killed 58 people and injured more than 500, resulting in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
  2. Paddock died of a self-inflicted wound on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel in which he took aim at the crowd. Law enforcement officials found 23 firearms in his hotel room and 19 at his home in Mesquite, Nevada.
  3. When first responders, including Las Vegas Metro Police and medical workers, arrived at the scene, many took fire themselves as Paddock continued his attack. The people of Las Vegas lined up around the family reunification center at the Las Vegas Convention Center to donate blood.
Discussion questions:
Note: We decided to include several questions for today’s Daily News Story. Choose the questions that are appropriate for your class.
  1. Essential question: How should we address the issue of mass shootings in the U.S.?
  2. What do you know about the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night?
  3. Why is the reaction of elected officials important?
  4. How did elected officials react to the Las Vegas mass shooting, including President Trump?
  5. Why do you think some politicians prefer not to address the issue of guns after a mass shooting?
  6. Why is the gun debate political? Has this always been the case? How could you find out?
  7. Do you think there should be limits on the amount or type of guns a person owns? Why or why not?
  8. It is extremely difficult to know how to react to a mass shooting. What should you do if you feel uncomfortable or worried about the events in Las Vegas? Who could you talk with at your school? Ask your teacher if you are unsure.
  9. Media literacy questions:
    • What are you hearing in school or seeing on the Internet or TV about the Las Vegas shooting?
    • If you watch footage of the Las Vegas shooting, why might it be helpful to do so with a family member or share your thoughts with a family member about how you felt?
    • Why do you think education and mental health experts recommend limiting the amount of time you watch of news coverage of a traumatic event?
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