After Friday's horrific events at Sandy Hook Elementary School Jonathon and I found ourselves feeling heartbroken, hopeless, and lost. We couldn't hug Catcher and Louisiana tight enough and couldn't get past the fact that some parents would never be able to do so with their own children again.
We kept talking and going over the horrible events. How could these tragic and senseless acts of violence be stopped? What is the answer to ending this epidemic of madness that has taken over our country? Seeing no quick and easy solution to the mass shootings we started to think about the smaller issues that surround these murders.
One thing that kept popping up was the media and their portrayal of the shooters. All weekend long we saw the media display the shooter's picture over and over and over. We have seen his face on the front page of every newspaper in this country every day since the shooting. As news outlets were reporting, flashback were shown of the Aurora shooting. Every screenshot was of the crazy orange haired madman. The madman that shot up a school, the madman that shot up a theatre. No matter what you turned on, all you saw was his face, not a victim in sight.
These men don't deserve this screen time. They don't deserve to be in the limelight they so desire when they choose to walk into a school and take the lives of 20 children and 6 adults.
Jonathon and I talked long about this and came up with an idea.
What if we asked the media to stop showing these monster's faces and names? What if we demanded that the victims be remembered, the victims get there time of glory. #remembertheirfaces was born. Maybe, just maybe, if this constant glorification of these killers on TV and in the news stop, someone looking for his notoriety in our history books and on TV will think twice before he picks up that gun.
Jonathon and I need your help. We know that this is a long shot. We know that the media is probably not going to change they way they cover these awful events. We know this is a tiny issue compared to all the other issues surrounding these mass shootings. Even so, we know we can't just sit by and wait for change to happen. We need to do something. Our country is strong and our voice has never been a quiet one. Let's raise our voices! Tell the media today that you don't want to see the monster's face on your screen or in your paper.
Check out our video then upload your own today at #remembertheirfaces (www.remembertheirfaces.org) or on YouTube. Tag it with #remembertheirfaces. Forward this email or write your own to all your friends and family asking them to do the same.
Let's give the victims the love and respect they so deserve and leave the killer's face and name in the dark.