#MyLastShot
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#MyLastShot is a gun-violence prevention project led by students from Columbine High School and activists across the country.

We were inspired by the graphic imagery of Emmett Till and the movement his mother created by showing the world what had happened to her son by having an open casket at his funeral.

This made us realize — if Emmett Till, Napalm Girl, Little Aleppo Boy, Alan Kurdi (the list goes on) helped create change because it didn’t censor the truth, could we apply the same logic towards gun violence? In a world where post-shooting photos are mothers hugging their daughters, and police tape, could we show the true horrors in an effort to create change?

 

We started doing research, and realized the graphic photos from shootings are never publicized for the world to see. This is done for two main reasons; one — out of respect for the families, and two — to not politicize their death.

What this project does is give the power to the individual to make that call whether or not they want graphic imagery of their body to be published in the event they die from gun-violence by another person. Why? In the hope they can create change.

Here are some frequently asked questions:

Who can take the pledge?

Anyone can take the pledge. Placing the #MyLastShot sticker on a personal item, like an ID card or cell phone, shows your commitment to this pledge. 
 

What am I signing up for when I take the pledge?

Since you believe that graphic images have the ability to incite change, you are letting the world know in the event you die from gun violence at the hands of another person, you would like to publicize the graphic images of your death - no matter how graphic they are. It’s important to share your wishes with your close friends and family. Please ensure they know that you pledged to be a part of this project by adding a sticker to a personal item, and why you did so. 


I put a sticker on my personal item. What does this accomplish?

The sticker is an important symbol for this project in its fight against gun violence, but it is not legally binding in any way. It is a statement of intent; telling the world and those close to you that you want the graphic image of your death from gun violence publicized. After placing a sticker on your personal item, we ask you to designate an advocate to ensure your last wish is fulfilled in the event of your death from gun violence. Ideally, your advocate is a close friend and family member. 


I am an advocate. How can I help?

Your main role as an advocate is to ensure that the last wish of a pledgee, the publicization of the image of their death from gun violence, is fulfilled. Using social media to locate the photographer of a photo, or reaching out to the publication working with the photographer is a great place to get started. Your secondary role, if needed, is to help facilitate conversations with those close to your pledgee who may not agree with the decision they're making.


I am a photographer. How can I help?

If you have taken a photo or video of a victim of gun violence - be aware that an advocate may try to reach out to you to get permission to publicize the photo. Ideally, you work together to publicize it with a media publication you are already associated with. 

Will my wishes be carried out if I have an advocate?

There’s no guarantee. In the United States, we have a free press. Media publications will always make their own editorial decisions based on content availability and copyright ownership. However, many publications don't share these photos out of respect to those who die from gun violence - this initiative empowers you to encourage these publications to share a photo of your death as a result of gun violence, in the hope of creating change. 


How does copyright ownership apply here?

Photographers or videographers own any images they capture, so they get to decide where their work is published and shown. Any news, entertainment, or marketing outlet needs permission to modify, edit, and use their images without copyright backlash. If necessary, advocates may need to liaison with photographers or videographers to ensure that content can be published.


I’m from school or organization and would like to get stickers.
Do you have tool kits available?

Yes, please download our #MyLastShot starter kit here.


Who’s behind this project?

This project was created by students from Columbine High School and activists passionate about the issue of gun violence that has since turned into a collective resource for gun violence prevention groups nationwide.


Where does the money for the stickers go?

When you order a sticker, that is processed entirely through our third party vendor, Sticker Robot. #MyLastShot doesn’t see any of the money from those transactions. In addition to ordering stickers in packs of 50, you can also print a downloadable 8.5x11 sticker sheet here.


 
 
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