After my artist residency in Ruskin last October I was invited by professor Mark Johnson to give a presentation at the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Mark teaches the photojournalism courses there, and his students were joined by the art photography students. It was an interesting session with good questions from the participants. After staying at the hotel on the impressive Athens campus, I got to do an extended photo walkabout at dawn, before heading for Atlanta to photograph the Starlight Six drive-in.
It seems as though the school mascot is some sort of dog...
It's a truism that things hit closer to home, when they do exactly that. I've been annoyed at people saying "I can't believe it happened here," when it was Columbine, Virginia Tech, the Amish village school, and so on, and so on, and so on forever, and when will we recognize that this is a huge problem?
My sense of these past events was that of course it can happen here, everywhere, I expect it to happen somewhere near me, because effective violence facilitated by the availability of high power, high capacity, firearms is utterly unchecked in our society. So it has. Sandy Hook is right around the corner, not a twenty minute drive. In China, a violent maniac wounded 22 people today, with a knife. If he had had two 9mm automatics with high capacity magazines he could have matched our Sandy Hook Shooter for the kill count, none of that wounding stuff. The hospital in Danbury was on full orders and lockdown to receive the injured, but only three were in a condition to put in the ambulance. 9mm rounds are effective. There was almost no one who wasn't obviously dead at the scene. Most of them five year old kids.
But this isn't the time to talk about gun control. Or, maybe, finally, is it?