This is a rendering of one of the the scenes of the Columbine shooting which took place in Littleton, Colorado in April of 1999.
This is a rendering of a scene from the Parkland shooting which took place in Parkland, Florida in February of 2018.
Protesters in D.C.
One massacre took place in Colorado, the other south Florida. The other horrible atrocity occurred in 1999 and the other approximately 19 years later, in 2018. Aside from the obvious tragedy associated with the two shootings, what do these massacres have in common? Notoriety. It is believed that the suspects are being held in esteem by the media and, subsequently, society glamorizes the suspects and ignore the victims.
Saying NO to Notoriety
While both of the Columbine shooters perished in the massacre in 1999, the shooter in Parkland, Florida lived through his assault. Victims, their families, and their sympathizers are enraged by the media's decision to provide the name of the Parkland shooter because of the notoriety that he will gain. They believe that his goal was notoriety and the media provides that by sharing his name.
Survivors of the shooting, their families, and other concerned citizens have taken their concerns to Washington D.C. They are asking lawmakers to take action. What do they want? Protesters are demanding gun reform and the cessation of notoriety of the suspects of mass shootings via news sources.
In 2012, a shooter opened fire in a theater in Aurora, Colorado. Among the 11 victims was 24-year old Alex Teves. Alex's parents, Caren and Tom, began a campaign called No Notoriety to combat the media's glamorization of mass shooters by releasing extensive information about the shooter which humanizes the individual and limits the information given about the victims. Caren Teves believes that their suggested initiatives could have saved lives.