Sunday, April 24, 2016

Media Black Out of Unspeakable Loss, Wounded Bodies, and Hearts Torn Out is Indefensible!

I'm not going to talk a lot.

I get the issue of common sense gun safety is multi-faceted.

I get the GOP is nullifying President Obama's presidency and by extension the 10's of millions of people who elected him.

I get Hillary bias in main stream media precludes their coverage of her presidential level commitment to the issue.

What I don't get is main stream media's choice to be complicit in blocking the issue as a critical issue in the lives of so many!

Rightly or wrongly, the losses at Sandy Hook Elementary School shook people more than previous losses.

 Rightly or wrongly, The “Mothers of the Movement” reminded people how often such losses take place. 

Rightly or wrongly, Hillary Clinton is reminding people how apathetic we are to it.

And, she is doing something about it!

People are dying; survivors are wounded, physically, mentally, spiritually; and our system of government can do something about it.

On paper we care but our election outcomes do not reflect it.

It is time to insist main stream media stop the blackout of the the victims of gun violence  and begin the conversation in the context of the 2016 General Election because the personal is political!

I have selected, for sharing, a handful of pieces that have impacted me the most, both via video and print.

 If you've missed them, I encourage you to take the time to read and or to watch/listen to them. Once you have, I further encourage you to share them, and similar stories that may have impacted you, with your favorite main stream media person and to ask them why we are not talking about unspeakable loss, wounded bodies, hearts torn out and strategies to limit the damage being done every single day.

(Most media types can be easily searched and reached via a variety of search engines and platforms.)

You can share my media blackout meme on Twitter here, if you'd like to!

Last week, Hillary went to Hartford, Connecticut where she attended a conversation on gun violence held at the Wilson-Gray YMCA. The discussion included families that have lost loved ones as a direct result of shootings or gun violence. During the 90-minute conversation, a number of the family members shared their stories and the group took questions from the audience, 

You can see the 90-minute video here

(Video, courtesy of U.S. Policy 2016!)

In early March, Hillary's campaign published “Mothers who lost children to gun violence & police actions stand with Hillary in a powerful new ( 3-minute) video

… Last year, Hillary Clinton met with mothers who have lost their children to gun violence, police, and racially charged incidents.

After that meeting, Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontre Hamilton; and Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, talked about how it felt to be in that room. … “

You can see the 3-minute video here

In late February, “These moms are turning grief into action—and reclaiming the narrative around their children’s deaths”

The mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Dontre Hamilton, and Jordan Davis share what it’s like fight for justice alongside one another. ... “

You can read the article here 

Also, in late February, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Capt. Mark Kelly shared a panel with Moms who lost their children to gun violence and police actions at the "Breaking Down Barriers Forum" at the Central Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C.

“We endorsed her because she endorsed us.”

You can read the story and you can watch the full video here

And, last but not least, Hillary recently released:

“Daughter Of Slain Sandy Hook Principal Supports Clinton In New Ad

“The daughter of the principal killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School is supporting Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton in a new television ad that began airing Wednesday.

"No one is fighting harder to reform our gun laws than Hillary," Erica Smegielski, the daughter of Dawn Hochsprung, says in. "She is the only candidate who has what it takes to take on the gun lobby. She reminds me of my mother: she isn't scared of anything." … “

You can read the story and you can see the ad here

Enough said...

Thank you for reading!

G., aka Partisan Democrat

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