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.

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