FORT MYERS, Fla – As we approach the three-year mark of the Parkland school shooting, the parents of one of the victims have launched a new campaign to help end gun violence.
“Shamecards” is meant to send a message from Manuel and Patricia Oliver’s son, Joaquin, who was killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
A play off postcards, these Shamecards don't depict what cities want to be known for. They reflect what people have come to know them for, and that's the mass shootings that have taken place.
Artists from around the world volunteered their time to create the Americana graphic-style cards and the idea is that you can address one to Congress.
Each Shamecard captures provocative, visceral scenes and some even depict the shooter.
“So crossing that morality line that some people might find offensive, but I say it's not offensive. What is really offensive is that my son was shot four times inside his school. But what is more offensive is that since that day, more than 120,000 people have died because of gun violence so we need to learn how to put these things together, how to change whatever we have done so far. You know what we've failed, it's not working,” said Manuel Oliver.
He said he wants people to understand that to truly make a difference and save lives, conversations and action like this need to happen every day, not just because the three-year mark of the shooting is approaching.
Send a Shamecard to Congress here.