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June 14, 2021

Daily News Lesson: Pulse shooting survivors continue fight for gun reform on fifth anniversary

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Summary: Several events were held on Saturday to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, in which a gunman killed 49 people and injured dozens. At the time, this was the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history and immediately prompted calls for new gun laws. Each June is Pride Month, marking an important time to recognize and honor the LGBTQIA+ community and condemn the violence previously committed against it. NewsHour Weekend’s Ivette Feliciano speaks with two survivors about how the events of that night changed their lives.

Discussion questions: 

Warm up questions: Have your students identify the 5Ws and an H:

  • Who are Patience Murray and Brandon Wolfe?
  • Why are they both activists now?
  • What does the Dru Project do? What about Equality Now?
  • When was the Pulse Shooting?
  • Where did the Pulse Shooting take place?

Focus questions:

  1. In what ways do the organizations created after the Pulse Shooting support the LGBTQIA+ community? In what ways does your immediate school community uplift its LGBTQIA+ community?
  2. Mr. Wolf describes government cuts to support for the LGBTQIA+ community? What are some ways that the government can instead support the LGBTQIA+ community? What did President Joe Biden declare most recently to support the LBGTQIA+ community?

Media literacy: NewsHour Weekend’s Ivette Feliciano spoke to two survivors on this topic. What other perspectives could be included to help your understanding of LGBTQIA+ activism and the climate surrounding it?

Dig deeper: 

  1. To learn more about the history of Pride and Gay Rights, check out this website
  2. For more on the history of Supreme Court rulings related to LGBTQIA+ rights in America, check out this article

This Daily News Lesson was written by EXTRA intern Cecilia Curran and EXTRA’s Victoria Pasquantonio. Curran is a sophomore at Amherst College.


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