The parents of victims of the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, have launched an online petition to prevent crime scene photos of the incident from going public.
It has previously been reported that famous U.S. documentary filmmaker, Michael Moore, called for their release.
Moore has denied allegations that he asked that the gruesome photographs from the Sandy Hook school shootings go public and blamed a reporter at Fox News for trying to “stir up the pot.”
Moore did write a blog for the Huffington Post that seemed to suggest that releasing the photos might sway the public in favor of gun control.
“But I have a prediction. I believe someone in Newtown, Connecticut – a grieving parent, an upset law enforcement officer, a citizen who has seen enough of this carnage in our country – somebody, someday soon, is going to leak the crime scene photos of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre,” Moore wrote. “And when the American people see what bullets from an assault rifle fired at close range do to a little child's body, that's the day the jig will be up for the NRA. It will be the day the debate on gun control will come to an end. There will be nothing left to argue over. It will just be over. And every sane American will demand action.”
Moore defended what he wrote in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story reported.
“I never said that I was going to release any photos, nor do I have any intention to. And frankly, I’m opposed to anybody releasing any photos without the parents’ permission. In this day of internet and social media … I was just saying that that’s what will happen, and I ask that Americans not turn away from it. And the example I gave was how Emmett Till’s mother, back in 1955 when he was tortured and then killed by the Ku Klux Klan, released the photos of his body to show what the Klan had done to him. It ignited the country and four months later, Rosa Parks sat down on the bus.”
Moore referenced his 2002 film “Bowling for Columbine,” as proof he would never publish disturbing photographs or footage permission. “There’s probably no better proof than [the fact that] I obtained not just photos but the footage of Columbine,” he said. “And I didn’t put that in my movie.”
The online petition reads: “We are parents and family members who lost children in the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school in December 2012. We’re coming together to urge the Connecticut legislature to pass a law that would keep sensitive information, including photos and audio, about this tragic day private and out of the hands of people who’d like to misuse it for political gain.
“Michael Moore and the hoaxers want to publish this gruesome information. For the sake of the surviving children and families, it’s important to keep this information private. Other gruesome scenes have been kept private … This crime has received such international attention, it should be afforded the same treatment.”