MY LAST SHOT
A sticker that acts similar to an organ donor designation, letting other know your wishes that should you die from gun violence, you want the graphic post-shooting images of your body to be publicized for the world to see.
New York Times: Save The Recordings of School Shootings
Graphic imagery around a political issue has historically created change, from Emmett Till and the Civil Rights Movement to ‘Napalm Girl’ and the Vietnam War and even modern day examples such as Alan Kurdi and the Syrian Refugee Crisis.
We were inspired by the graphic imagery of Emmett Till and the movement his mother created by showing the world what had happened to her son by having an open casket at his funeral.
This made us realize — if Emmett Till, Napalm Girl, Little Aleppo Boy, Alan Kurdi (the list goes on) helped create change because it didn’t censor the truth, could we apply the same logic towards gun violence? In a world where post-shooting photos are mothers hugging their daughters, and police tape, could we show the true horrors in an effort to create change?
We started doing research, and realized the graphic photos from shootings are never publicized for the world to see. This is done for two main reasons; one — out of respect for the families, and two — to not politicize their death.
What this project does is give the power to the individual to make that call whether or not they want graphic imagery of their body to be published in the event they die from gun-violence by another person. Why? In the hope they can create change.
The #MyLastShot movement began in March of 2019, quickly being picked up by media everywhere, and by other gun violence prevention leaders.
By the second day, Senator Julie Gonzalez talked about #MyLastShot ahead of Colorado’s heated 1177 bill, also known as the Red Flag Bill.
After her speech, the bill went on to pass in the Senate and went into effect as the most comprehensive gun law in Colorado state history.
Amazingly, one point many journalists made about #MyLastShot was that it went against the Poynter Institutes guidelines for covering mass shootings.
The Poynter Insitute for Media Ethics is used by journalists and photographers everywhere as a guidelines for what to publish.
One month after launch, Poynter changed their policy towards graphic imagery to accommodate #MyLastShot pledgees.
My role: Co-creator
Reuters: In campaign against gun violence, Columbine students aim to shock with final photos
NowThis: Students From Columbine High School Launch #MyLastShot Campaign
Heavy: #MyLastShot: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Bustle: Columbine Students' #MyLastShot Project Wants To End Gun Violence Using Powerful Photos
Axios: David Hogg joins campaign to "donate" graphic photos of death by gun violence
NY Daily News: Columbine students want gun violence images shared, no matter how graphic
Daily Mail: Columbine students launch campaign
MSN: #MyLastShot: Students want bodies shown if they die from gun violence
Poynter: These teen activists want you to run their pictures if they die by gun violence. Read these guidelines first.
Odyssey: Time To Decide If You Would Publicize A Photo Of Your Death