John Mellencamp Issues A Statement To End Gun Violence In America: ‘Show The Carnage’

John Mellencamp has addressed the issue of gun violence in the United States of America.

Mellencamp, a longstanding supporter of gun control, released a statement on Friday denouncing gun violence and urging America to address the ‘carnage’ in order to bring it to an end. This statement followed the tragic killing of a DJ/radio personality and the injury of over 20 individuals during Wednesday’s parade commemorating the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl LVIII victory on Sunday. The musician took to social media to share the ‘obvious truth’:

“Excuse me for stating the obvious truth. I do so out of love for this country and the pain of learning, once again, that children have been killed by gun violence. If we as a country want to find the collective will within ourselves to change our gun laws, let’s stop playing silly political games. Show the carnage on the news. Show the American people the dead children and others who have been struck down. Show us what guns and bullets can do to the human body. The news media need to be brave enough to let Americans see what slaughtered children look like. Otherwise, I fear that too many perceive gun violence as an abstract; a story that’s repeated nearly every day to numbing effect.”

The musician recalled his earlier days and how it affected him in his later life:

“When I was a teenager, there was a war in Vietnam. In the beginning, no one paid much attention to this problem in a foreign land until the media shouldered the responsibility and showed America how our sons were being slaughtered. Once those images were shown on TV, there was overwhelming demand for that war to be ended immediately.”

He finished it off by mentioning the ‘carnage’:

“I say this as a father and a human being, with deep empathy for the parents whose children have had their lives ended so suddenly and so senselessly: Show America the carnage. I am not being callous, and I know it will be painful to see. But, sad to say, I think it’s the only way to shock America out of its stupor.”

The Passing Of The DJ

Lisa Lopez-Galvan, a beloved Kansas City DJ and radio personality, aged 44 and a married mother of two, lost her life on Wednesday. The incident occurred when unidentified assailants opened fire near the conclusion of the parade, which reportedly drew a crowd of one million fans. Despite the presence of over 800 officers to secure the route, the sudden gunfire claimed the life of Lopez-Galvan and left 22 others injured, with half of the victims being under the age of 16.

Though the prompt behind Mellencamp’s statement remains unclear, it was issued a day after gunfire erupted at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade.

You can see the musician’s statement below.