How I Disappear
- Award of Excellence
Loyola University Chicago
How I Disappear
Division Media consisted of:
Ashley King - Director, Editor
Caitlin Higgins - Assistant Director, Storyboard Manager
Hanlin Guo - Audio/Sound Director
Nikhil Sequiera - Scene Direction
Division Media has partnered up with the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence to help bring awareness to the devastating gun violence statistics, not only in Illinois, but around the country.
• On an average day in the United States, 36 Americans are killed by guns.
• Last year, as of December 23, 2015 a total of 12,942 people had been killed in the United States categorized as homicide, unintentional shooting, or murder / suicide.
• In 2015 more than 50,000 incidents of gun violence occurred.
• Nearly 20,000 Americans end their lives with a gun each year.
• From 2005-2015, 71 Americans were killed in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.
301,797 were killed by gun violence during the same period.
• Mass shooting, as measured by four or more people shot, regardless of total fatalities have taken place in in nearly 100 metro areas over the past 12 months.
• American children under 12 have died by intentional and accidental gunfire every other day, per analysis by NBC News. And those children are far more likely to die from guns held by family members and acquaintances than strangers, according to an NBC News analysis of FBI data.
• Children younger than three have gotten ahold of guns and shot someone at least 59 times this year. Gun violence prevention advocates say that gun storage requirements and the adoption of smart guns that only fire for their owners could reduce these deaths, but the gun lobby vehemently opposes such mandates.
• More than 400 firearms were stolen from cars in Duval County, Florida, this year — and 60 percent of those were from unlocked cars. In St. Louis, reports of gun theft were up 70 percent in August, and cars and trucks were targeted far more than homes. The increase in such thefts has sparked a debate about personal responsibility and gun ownership. The answer: Be a responsible gun owner and lock up your guns.
The purpose of the collaboration between Division Media and the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence is to change the way in which the American public thinks about how the decisions they make in the purchase and use of guns. Next, how purchasing, owning and using a firearm will impact them, their family, neighbors and others. Finally, encouraging education regarding future gun legislation.
This campaign was created to offer a provocative way of helping to educate the public and to bring America’s gun violence problem into light. Because gun violence impacts Americans from all age groups and ethnic backgrounds, the message that “it can happen to anyone” is universal. Additionally, our video encourages the public to investigate smarter and safer ways to control their firearms (at home and in public).
By not including an actual firearm in our video, we have created an impactful and powerful message that firearms are often “hidden in plain sight.” We believe that this creates a strong voice for the piece, collectively leading the way for stronger voices to be heard regarding gun legislation in future elections.
Together, we can make a difference.