New York Magazine cover features shirtless photo of Parkland shooting survivor.

By |2018-10-29T09:53:26-08:00October 30th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |13 Comments

Courtesy of New York Magazine:

On the cover of New York Magazine’s October 29–November 11, 2018, issue is a portfolio by photographer Michael Avedon, who traveled the country (from Parkland to Columbine) taking photos of half a century of school-shooting victims. With interviews conducted by Jared Soule and Amelia Schonbek, the piece is 25 survivors in their own words.

Of working on the portfolio, Avedon says the project was the most harrowing, humbling experience of his life. “What these people have suffered is unimaginable, but their bravery, dignity, and optimism have given me faith in humanity,” he says. “School shootings are an epidemic in this country, and until the United States changes its gun laws, they will continue. This is not just a problem for our country; it is a crisis for humanity.”

If a picture is worth a thousand words this one might be worth two thousand. 

I once saw the body of a child who had been killed by a shotgun blast. 

That is the kind of image which turns you into a lifelong supporter of stricter gun control legislation. 

Hopefully, this image will inspire others in a similar fashion. 

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  1. NOT October 30, 2018 at 7:04 am

    H-A-P-P-Y NOW

    “On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event,”
    “There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song.”
    “Later that day, the president went ahead with plans to attend two events, a Future Farmers of America Convention in Indiana ― where he joked about having a “bad hair day” ― and a rally in Murphysboro, Illinois.

    The letter from Pharrell’s lawyers said the artist “has not and will not” allow Trump to “publicly” play “any of his music” and asked that he “cease and desist from any further unauthorized use.”

  2. Anonymous October 30, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Doesn’t trump know he is making money off russians coming here to give birth to US citizens, someone should tell him, then he will leave everyone else alone..
    Trump: End birthright citizenship for some US-born babies
    By LAURIE KELLMAN and CATHERINE LUCEY – The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump is making another hardline immigration play in the final days before midterm elections, declaring that he wants to order an end to the constitutional right to citizenship for babies born in the United States to non-citizens. Most scholars think he can’t implement such a change unilaterally…..

    • Anonymous October 30, 2018 at 12:51 pm

      Oh Baby. Russians Flock to Trump Properties to Give Birth to U.S. Citizens

  3. DR October 30, 2018 at 7:48 am

    ‘$hooting$ are an epidemic in this country>

    FB excepts> “Hate festers in the cracks of polite conversation. It spreads when it goes unacknowledged, when we don’t stand up and speak out, when we don’t teach our children. Antisemitism, racism, and bigotry are part of American history, but they must be considered abhorrent and un-American.”

    “There is no middle ground on hate. There is no ends justifying the means. No tax cuts. No deregulation. No scores of conservative judges can be worth tearing asunder the foundation of American freedom and democracy. And yet we now stand on that precipice.
    I do not think President Trump is redeemable on this score. His actions long before becoming president suggest a profound level of personal animosity to the diversity of our nation. And now, drunk on power and exalting in the amen choruses assembling at his hate-filled rallies, his debasement of the norms of the office he holds and his misplaced sense of victimhood have metastasized across a political movement that has become increasingly indistinguishable from the political party he leads.”
    “I believe that most Americans recoil from the hate and injustice. That’s why GOP officials are lying about their records on healthcare. They are playing a cynical game of stoking their restive minority through propaganda and lies while intimidating and demoralizing the majority.
    That’s why they seek to distract with all this GUNNED-UP racism and anti-Semitism.
    Republican officials who play in cynical games of wink, nod, abet, and excuse must hear loud and clear that their complicity is akin to an endorsement.”

    “one can be held accountable for stoking a climate where these actions burst forth with the frequency and seriousness we are witnessing.
    Where we used to speak of dog whistles we now hear bullhorns. There is nothing subtle or hidden about what’s going on.” {note that}
    “All who support the president must be called to account for the hate they have allowed him to wreak upon this nation. This hate is bigger than Trump and it long preceded him. To personalize it around him is to excuse far too many for their tacit complicity.”<Dan The Man Rather

  4. Anon October 30, 2018 at 8:40 am

    “One official described the visit as “understated.” He’ll be joined by the first lady, as well as daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who are Jewish.

    With an 11-rally campaign itinerary set to begin later this week, there is little flexibility in the president’s schedule. The president has insisted that his rallies for Republican candidates not be canceled following the shooting and has told aides he is itching to hit the trail.
    He has yet to deliver a eulogy at a memorial service honoring the memories of Americans slain in gun violence or other attacks.

    When Trump met with family members of the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting earlier this year, he was photographed clutching a notecard with handwritten prompts like “I hear you” and “What would you most want me to know about your experience?” — a signal, at minimum, that some aides worried the usual signals of empathy may not come easily to him.”

  5. Anon October 30, 2018 at 11:32 am

    What an incredibly powerful picture. I plan on buying and reading this issue.

  6. aanonymous October 30, 2018 at 11:38 am

    I don’t know which sickens me most, the scars or the ostomy bag.

  7. FL October 30, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Police state that Kuhn was armed with a Smith and Wesson pistol that was strapped to his chest and a rifle when they arrived and was drunk.

    “It was apparent to the deputies that he appeared intoxicated,” Bay County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Ruth Corley explained.

    The sheriff’s office felt compelled to share exactly what transpired after a Miami Herald report hailed Kuhn as a hero, calling their reporting, “Factually incorrect.”

  8. Land O’Lakes October 30, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    The congressman has on multiple occasions retweeted the views of white nationalists on his official Twitter page. Most recently, in September, he shared a post by a Holocaust denier and, in his tweet, argued incorrectly that Nazis were part of a left-wing movement.

  9. anon October 30, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    FedEx ended a discount program for NRA members after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting due to the gun lobby’s declining economic clout.

    The facade of the NRA is crumbling. They are no longer the fearsome organization that was capable of bullying a nation. For the first time in 20 years, gun control groups have raised more money than the NRA during the midterm election. The group is under FBI investigation for potentially laundering Russian money to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and the Parkland students willingness to take on the gun industry lobby left them exposed and weakened in a way that has been seen since their rise to national political prominence.
    The group still has enough money to buy a stranglehold on Republicans in Congress, but just like Trump, their sphere of influence is shrinking to a small base of people. Trump’s presidency could go down in history as their extinction event.

  10. Anon October 30, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    In August a 24-year-old white man named Jordan Rocco posted a video to Instagram in which he described how he was going to play a game: He was going to see how many times he could say “n****r” before getting kicked out of bars. A few hours later, he was denied entry to the Little Red Corvette bar on Pittsburgh’s popular North Shore Drive. Unprovoked, he then allegedly attacked two black men on the sidewalk, fatally stabbing 24-year-old Dulane Cameron Jr.

    Among the many white supremacist posts later discovered on Rocco’s Facebook page was this:
    “What do blacks offer society. All they do is ruin western civilization.”
    ” Stephanie Cameron, will never forget what happened there. “I think about my son every day,” she told HuffPost.
    “It’s hard. The only thing that gets me through it is praying.”

    “Stephanie Cameron, 47, has two other children, ages 11 and 13, both of whom are in grief counseling over their big brother’s death. “Some people, they don’t know the hurt and pain they’re causing, the suffering they’re causing,” she said she explained to her children after the Tree of Life mass shooting. “Some people might not be in their right mind.”

    The killings at Tree of Life synagogue have brought the Pittsburgh area’s other hate crimes and hate incidents over the last few years into sharp focus. It’s personal for Khwaja. He lost a friend, Jerry Rabinowitz, in the shooting at Tree of Life. They had been part of the same Muslim-Jewish dialogue group for the past 15 years.

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