ASMP is deeply saddened by the shooting on June 28 at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters were killed in their newsroom, and others were wounded. We support their families, the staff at the newspaper, and journalists everywhere who work to inform the public.
This terrible tragedy that has just happened is now all too common in this country. The reality is that violent acts and violent rhetoric have become commonplace, and should be unacceptable to all. Words have consequences too, and inflaming passions by ceaselessly attacking the institutions that bind us together as a nation and attacking the individuals within those institutions is bringing us all to a very dark place. Enough is enough.
While last Thursday’s tragedy at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland was the work of a gunman who had a vendetta against the newspaper that accurately reported on his misogynistic stalking of a former female high school classmate, the reality is that violent deeds are being intertwined with violent rhetoric, and hateful actions are resulting in terrible consequences from Charlottesville to Annapolis. This kind of reality should be totally unacceptable to all Americans. We have systemic cultural problems that the current inflamed political rhetoric is worsening. It is well past time to address mental health, gun violence, racism, misogyny, and other social ills.
At the same time, we need to end the divisive, hateful public discourse that demonizes and divides. We cannot let such attacks, including those on journalists working to report stories that make life clearer and better inform fellow citizens, become the “new normal”. We need to stand against the consequences of violence in all its forms and work for a kinder, more just, and equitable society, as both visual creators and human beings.
In support of the Capitol Gazette staff and their families, you can make a tax-deductible donation to The Capital Gazette Families Fund.
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