Million Gun Victims March
The Million Gun Victims March is an artist driven crusade born out of an overwhelming sense of outrage at the sheer scale of human waste we allow ourselves to live with as part of the unquestioning adoration of our gun culture. No amount of statistics or spoken testimony seems to have penetrated through to too many of us about the truths behind who we lose to guns. I asked myself what would happen if portraits of not just the faces, but the shattered dreams of gun victims were brought together in the same place? Would it take one million portraits to ram home the truth behind the loss? The first 130 portraits have been completed. As I begin the second hundred subjects the Marylanders will be joined by occassional portraits of victims from other cities and states.
Because this is an enormous dream. This show is not like any other. The original portraits are not meant to be for sale. The subjects must stay together until we get the basic federal gun safety package signed as law. Then I intend my originals to go home to the families whose loved ones inspired me. The other half of this crusade is precisely to go out and meet as many families and grieving people as I can. I attend meetings of the Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters, Moms for Gun sense, and in December of 2016, the Newtown action alliance in D.C. I shall meet and listen to the families of Newtown. Because every mass produced item featuring any of these portraits will be done with not just the families' knowledge, but also as a practical aid for these families to build a bridge to a more tranquil place. The first small group of families are my true partners starting with the 2017 Million Gun Victims March calendar that comes out this year. It will only be a matter of time before other artists join me.
The Million Gun Victims March is about human lives. The Million Gun Victims March is about healing America.