Requiem for the Dead: American Spring debuts on HBO on Monday, June 22nd, just four days after yet another mass shooting. It documents the 8,000 gun-related deaths in the Spring of 2014, “:entirely from found footage - social media postings, news accounts, 911 calls and materials found in police films. The stories range from accidental shootings and random violence, to suicides and domestic disputes.”
I would like to repeat that. There were EIGHT THOUSAND gun-related deaths in America in a single season. But of course, let us continue to entertain the fiction that unfettered access to guns is an important and necessary right to ensure our personal freedom from tyranny. Estimates say we lose about 88 people per day to gun-related deaths. When you extrapolate out from there, the numbers become even more terrifying. In case you’re curious, there have been 5,756 so far this year.
Well, that’s as of yesterday, anyway. I guess we can add at least another nine to that number, and tomorrow, we’ll add a few more.
The trailer is brief and sobering, and the very personal, human take on the material promises for some intense sob-viewing.
“We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun. Now is the time for mourning and for healing. But let’s be clear. At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency.”
-President Barack Obama, June 19, 2015