John Mellencamp, the renowned singer behind the hit song “Jack and Diane,” responded to the tragic incident at the Kansas City Chiefs parade by advocating for stricter gun control measures. He also urged news organizations to demonstrate courage by sharing images of the innocent children who lost their lives.

Mellencamp took to social media to say: “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.”

He further went on: “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.”

Mellencamp wasn’t finished however:

“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.”

The vocalist failed to disclose that the two suspects involved in the shooting are minors who reportedly carried out their offense in a state with strict gun regulations concerning the minimum age for purchasing and possessing firearms. For example, Giffords notes that “Missouri prohibits ‘recklessly’ selling, leasing, loaning, giving away or delivering any firearm to a person under age 18 without the consent of the child’s custodial parent or guardian.”