CNN's Roland Martin: Showing Newtown death photos would 'shake the conscience of America'

For CNN’s Roland Martin, the national conversation on guns just won’t be complete until illustrated by photos of the child victims of Newtown, Conn. No, not the pictures the families have provided, but the ones taken at the scene of the massacre.

Martin makes the case in a blog post, arguing that “maybe it’s time for America to see the results of what our gun culture has wrought.”

That’s America. The land of make believe. Show us the fake stuff, but let’s retreat into a fetal position and scream, “No! No! No!” when forced to see the real thing.

When my producer sent me that text, I recoiled at even the mere mention of seeing with my own eyes the real life results of what a Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle could do to a 6-year-old body. But maybe I should see it. Maybe Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association should have to answer to such a photo when he is interviewed.

Plenty of celebrities and media figures wasted no time politicizing the deaths of the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School, but as far as we know, he’s the first to suggest that photos of the crime scene are necessary to “ensure that this moment leads to a transformational movement.” That’s a bit vague, much like President Obama’s call for “meaningful action.” So, just what is required in order for gun control advocates to stop accusing others of “ignoring the violence”?

Is Martin being selective in his desire to use photos to ‘shake the conscience of America”?

Again we ask, just what is it that Martin hopes to achieve? Will anything less than an all-out gun ban suffice in demonstrating that  Americans aren’t ignoring the issue of gun violence?

Ah, it’s another “awareness” deal.

  • Josephine (D)

    Does he have no shame? Why do these people always use tragedy to push their agenda?

  • JCM

    Just remember those children are dead at the hands of crazed killer, because they were denied by law any meaningful defense by the teachers.

  • BeeKaaay

    Doesn’t work.

    We tried to show children being slaughtered by abortionists and that didn’t
    ‘shake the conscience of America’

    Because the leftwingwacko bloodthirsty propaganda machine is working just fine.

  • Jack Deth

    Roland Martin: Following the orders of his political puppeteers.

    Tell us again, Roland. Just how safe are those No Gun Zones “for the children.”

  • HARP2

    Hey Roland. Why don`t we shake America`s conscience with photos of Liberal handiwork.

  • wwbdinct

    I would prefer to see a picture of the dead Osama Bin Laden but for some reason the administration would not allow that. I don’t watch CNN but Roland Martin seems to be another in a long line of mentally ill lefty whack jobs.

    • $23629333

      If I were an African American living in Chicago – and had lost some family member or friend to the gun violence now so common there – I would wonder why brother Roland hasn’t suggested showing the pictures of – and introducing people to – the gun victims there. I’d wonder about the silence – on the same subject – from brother Barack.

  • HARP2

    Let`s shake the conscience of America, by releasing pictures of abortions.

    • $23629333

      Wish Wayne La Pierre would have mentioned abortion. Had he compared the death toll from these mass killings at schools and the death toll from abortions, he would have opened the door to a very interesting – and long overdue – discussion.

  • George Washington Mclintock

    Not surprised. It’s not like the anti-gun crowd cares one iota about dead kids. All they care about is leveraging the shooting into more control. IT could have been every kid in that school, and they’d still be thrilled. There is never enough blood to quench their thirst for control.

  • J.R. Salzman

    Does that include the dead children in gun-free Chicago? Because that would be a whole lot of photos.

  • Jarhead83

    Here’s a novel idea…let’s run Martin’s suggestion past the parents of those little angels, and see what they think. Bet they would like to make a “transformational movement” towards his head with a blunt object…

  • TocksNedlog

    The man who makes Touré look sane.

  • Guest

    What an inhuman suggestion, haven’t the parents of these horrifically slaughtered children suffered ENOUGH?

  • StandSomeMore

    “rolandsmartin: if your issue is abortion, fine. That’s not what I wrote about.” #coward indeed. Wonder if he’s ever seen photos of aborted children. I have — and they are shocking. Of corse Roland doesn’t care about children affected by his agenda, he only wants to show the photos that promote it.

    Here’s an idea, neighbor of Roland Martin:

  • Joe W.

    This man is as insufferable as Piers Morgan. He’s a race baiting, ignorant, liberal buffoon.

  • Thought Criminal #1

    Let’s see the crime scene photos of every unarmed woman that was raped and killed too, then. Let’s play fair.

  • NRPax

    Hey, Roland? I like your idea but let’s take it further. Let’s see those people murdered in Chicago and D.C. which have the kind of strict firearms laws you’re fantasizing about. While we’re at it, get Jovan Belcher and Kasandra Perkins photos up there too! Oh wait…that’s not politically acceptable? Why not?

  • $23629333

    How do you “shake the conscience” of someone who voted for Barack Obama a SECOND time?

  • fivebyfive

    Ever try to get inside a CNN studio? if you don’t belong I guarentee you will be met with armed personal escorting you out! It’s funny how liberals deride your need for safety while sitting behind armed guards.

  • toreilly

    “socialists today dance in the blood of murdered children to further wrest liberty from the hands of the American people.” Posted by Emperor Misha I on December 23, 2012

  • DANEgerus

    Uh… the media already is stacking the children’s bodies daily to rationalize further gun bans that didn’t work… at Newtown.

  • KhadijahMuhammad

    Doesn’t the left go batshit when the pro-life protesters try to do the same thing with pics of aborted babies?

  • Annie Willoughby

    Obviously, Liberal-lusts put more value on their money, jewelry and cars than they do on our children. Can you imagine the hue and cry if we asked them to leave their lucre in “gun free zones?”

  • lana ward

    Showing those pictures would prove teachers need to carry a gun

  • dwsmokin

    Just another reason NOT to watch CNN. Mr. Martin has a right to voice his opinion, as I have a right NOT to tune his network in. Funny that in most industries, employers are legally responsible for their employees actions, yet networks seem to get a pass. Shame