Academy Award-winning documentarian and gun control advocate Michael Moore has called for the release of the crime scene photos from last December’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. His ultimate goal, he stated in his personal blog, is to put an end to the gun control debate and “finish off the NRA” once and for all.
“I believe someone in Newtown, Connecticut – a grieving parent, an upset law enforcement officer, a citizen who has seen enough of this carnage in our country – somebody, someday soon, is going to leak the crime scene photos of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre,” he wrote. The blog is entitled: “America, You Must Not Look Away (How to Finish Off the NRA)“.
“And when the American people see what bullets from an assault rifle fired at close range do to a little child’s body, that’s the day the jig will be up for the NRA,” he continued. “It will be the day the debate on gun control will come to an end. There will be nothing left to argue over. It will just be over. And every sane American will demand action.”
Moore called on experts to detail what exactly those photographs will show:
Dr. Cyril Wecht, past president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, told me this:
The kind of ammunition used by the Newtown killer would have produced very extensive, severe and mutilating injuries of the head and face in these small victims. Depending on the number of shots striking a child’s head, substantial portions of the head would be literally blasted away. The underlying brain tissue would be extensively lacerated with portions of hemorrhagic brain tissue protruding through the fractured calvarium and basilar skull, some of which would remain on portions of the face…actual physical identification of each child would have been extremely difficult, and in many instances impossible, even by the parents of any particular child.
Moore argues that these pictures will render the National Rifle Association powerless in the gun control debate. He even compared the current turmoil surrounding this issue to the civil rights movement-era lynching of Emmett Till whose mother insisted on an open casket for her KKK-murdered son:
Yes, someday a Sandy Hook mother – or a Columbine mother, or an Aurora mother, or a mother from massacres yet to come – will say, like the mother of Emmett Till, “I just want the world to see.” And then nothing about guns in this country will ever be the same again.
Pack your bags, NRA – you’re about to be shown the door. Because we refuse to let another child die in this manner. Got it? I hope so.
All you can do now is hope no one releases those photos.
If this truly is a “free and open” society, then these photographs need to be made public. They should be put on the internet for the entire world to see. That is, if this is a truly free and open society.
Recall, however, that as soon as George Bush’s Iraq War got underway, he and his administration banned photographers and the press entirely from covering soldiers returning to America in body bags at Dover Army base. That was an attempt, a successful attempt, by the government to keep the reality of the horrors of that war from seeping into the consciousness and conscience of the American body politic.
The same dynamic is at work here in disallowing crime scene pictures of gun violence victims from being publicized. “Out of sight, out of mind.”