Grey New York and States United to Prevent Gun Violence (SUPGV) released a new animated PSA today that certainly shocks and grabs attention. Gun control is a major issue and topic of discussion in our nation right now, and these two collaborators are making sure their voice is heard in the debate. Take a look at this 1:30 video and see.
After watching this video I sat in silence for a good minute or so processing what I had just seen. I even saw the ending coming, yet was still devastated. Though gun violence is definitely an issue that needs to be solved, I’m hesitant at calling household weapons “monsters”. While the comparison makes for an intriguing, heart-wrenching, and relevant story, I don’t necessarily think that a gun hidden away in the closet is a monster. My opinion and knowledge on gun reforms/law is little and needs to be expanded; however I wonder if maybe gun education would be more beneficial than gun control in terms of household shootings. According to SUPGV, “1.5 million American children live in homes with unlocked and loaded firearms, every day at least six children 18 and under are injured in an unintentional shooting, and 75 percent of gun shot injuries to children under 10 that are serious enough to require hospitalization are due to unintentional shootings.” If we were to educate children about gun safety, maybe household gun injuries and fatalities would decrease.
None-the-less, this PSA video creates a moving and accurate depiction of gun shootings across the US. Whether or not the monster is real, States United to Prevent Gun Violence creatively draws attention and awareness to this plaguing issue. What are your thoughts?
Nudd, T. (2014, 04 09). Devastating gun-control ad reminds you that kids and firearms don’t mix. Retrieved from http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/devastating-gun-control-ad-reminds-you-kids-and-firearms-dont-mix-156893