Like you, our hearts shattered after learning of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. As parents of a 7 and 5 year, we watched as loved ones were lost and children were taken from their mothers & fathers. All at the hands of a monster.
We watched with sadness and pain, not knowing what to do or how these senseless shootings can be stopped, we began to talk. We talked about guns and violence, we talked about our culture. We talked all night long about issues that can’t be solved with a flip of a switch. As we continued our conversation, one issue kept coming up front and center. An issue that could be addressed immediately: the media and it’s role in these violent killings. In the past year our country has seen too many of these mass shootings. When they occur, the media jumps on them. They misreport, they misidentify, and they exploit the violence. They splash the killers face all over the news on constant cycle. They repeat his name daily. They make sure his face is ingrained in our minds forever.
It seems that maybe, just maybe if the media stopped pushing these killers faces and names into the limelight then maybe they wouldn't have as much of a reason to pick up that gun and walk into a elementary school hoping forever to have their name in the spotlight.
We are not naive nor do we believe in censorship. We know that our quest is an impossible one. We do however believe in the power of community and this country. Help us ask the media to change their ways when it comes to reporting these awful massacres. Let’s band together and tell them (MSNBC, CNN, FOXNews, CNBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, journalists and bloggers and more) that we don’t need to see these monsters faces. We don’t need to give them even the smallest reason (whether it be fame or notoriety) to take our children and take our loved ones away.
Help us #remembertheirfaces. The ones we lost are the ones that should be shared in our media. Their lives should be celebrated. Their faces remembered.
Submit your own #remembertheirfaces video above or on YouTube. Tag it with #remembertheirfaces. Let’s spread the word. Together we can be the change our country so desperately needs.