Gun Violence in America

Gun Violence

By David Johanssen

The horror of last Sunday’s terrorist attack in an Orlando gay nightclub has sent shockwaves throughout the LGBT community. Leaving 49 dead and 53 injured, it is the deadliest mass shooting in American history. Omar S. Mateen purchased guns legally, and his hatred of gays was inspired by extremist information disseminated over the internet. Will this event spark a new debate on reforming gun laws in America or should our focus be on monitoring jihadist websites? What about the counter-argument to allow more guns to allow Americans to protect themselves when authorities can’t or won’t? Join us this week at Shelter Theater as we debate these important issues.

Documentary and Discussion
Our Rising Oceans
Fri, Jun 24, 5pm
50 pesos

Documentary and Discussion
Under the Gun with Katie Couric
Sat, Jun 25, 5pm
100 pesos (includes drink)

Documentary and Discussion
Bowling for Columbine
Wed, June 29, 5pm
100 pesos (includes drink)

Documentary and Discussion
The Secret History of ISIS
Fri, July 1, 5pm
50 pesos

All events at: Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
154 7524

On Saturday, June 25, at 5pm, we present Under the Gun, narrated by Katie Couric. This recent documentary examines the events and people who have blocked gun legislation, even as gun deaths and mass shootings continue to increase. Through the lens of families impacted by the mass shootings, the documentary looks at why politicians are finding it difficult to act and what is being done at the state and local levels. We will also discuss Couric’s criticism for unfair editing of her source video. 100 pesos (includes drink).

On Wednesday, June 29, at 5pm, Bowling for Columbine. Michael Moore sets out to explore the root causes of mass shootings in America. In doing so, he learns that the conventional answers of easy availability of guns, violent national history, violent entertainment, and even poverty are inadequate to explain this violence when other cultures share those same factors without the equivalent carnage. 100 pesos (includes drink).

On Friday, July 1, at 5pm, The Secret History of ISIS. This is the inside story of the creation of ISIS, and how the United States missed the many warning signs. The film uncovers the terror group’s earliest plans, the Islamic radicals who became its leaders, and the American failures to stop ISIS’s brutal rise. 50 pesos.

Shelter Theater is part of the Shelter VG4 Cultural Center, located at Vicente Guerrero 4, a short walk from the Jardín down Insurgentes. Telephone 154 7524 or visit to see upcoming events. Shelter VG4’s theater and class/performance space are available for rent. We play table tennis Tuesdays and Thursdays. Come play with us!


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