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American High School Yearbook: 2018

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By Andy Myer

American High School Yearbook: 2018
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Here we are again. Another massacre in a school, this time in Parkland, Florida. Before we ultimately resign ourselves to this obscene state of affairs, shouldn't we at least see the actual crime scene photos? It's an argument made recently in Slate . Don't we deserve to have all relevant information and visual material as we debate the issue of guns in this country?

It's unlikely. In the meantime, let's close our eyes and imagine what the bodies of youngsters in Sandy Hook Elementary torn apart by assault weapon ammunition really look like. Conjure up the slumped figures peppered with slugs in the pews of the Sutherland Springs Church, the dead and wounded littering the campus of Virginia Tech, the concert grounds in Las Vegas, and the hallways and classrooms of Columbine and Stoneman Douglass High School. Think of the thousands of shattered families, whose lives surely will never be the same.

While we're at it, consider the injured survivors, some of whom will have lifelong disabilities, medical needs, and unalterably changed futures. Go on to contemplate the emotional distress of witnesses and first responders who may be physically unscathed, but will suffer PTSD for months, years, perhaps their entire lifetimes"

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(Article changed on February 23, 2018 at 14:12)


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The same kind of photographic airing is needed for the victims of US military violence abroad. Back in the days of the Indochina War, we were able to see not only photos of slaughtered Viet Cong and North Vietnamese fighters and soldiers, but even wounded and dead US troops, and it was that graphic visual reporting as much as anything that turned many Americans against that imperial war. But the government caught on and since then has barred Americans from seeing the work of its policy of endless war. We see the bloody aftermath of attacks by our various enemies of the moment, but not of our own centurians, bombers and drones -- all available of course to the rest of the world, but not us. It's time to put a halt to this political censorship.

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