My reaction to [being a political pawn] is, ‘Do you not think I have my own reasons for doing this?’ Here, let me show you. Is that not reason enough? Senator Jim Inhofe said that we have no business engaging in the debate, and I called his office and I asked to speak with him. He was too busy to speak with me. I said, ‘Here’s my cell phone. Call me.’ I’m still waiting for him to call me. Rand Paul, I think, has the same notion. If he wants to ask me what my motives are for advocating for a safer culture, he can call me too.
looking for a man to love & fuck, Performance Excerpts

This video contains 11 minutes of excerpts from a work that lasts 2 hours, 16 minutes.

looking for a man to love & fuck (2008)
a performance-installation for live septet, video, and electronics by Mark Barden

instrumentation: soprano saxophone, clarinet, electric guitar, 2 accordions, violin, viola

Ensemble Nora Volkova & guests
scherer8 Galerie, Berlin

© 2012 Mark Barden

He still bristles that Newtown parents were dismissed as White House “props” by Senator Rand Paul, usually a champion of citizen petitions, at least when the Tea Party exercises it. But lobbying in Washington is so driven by money and smooth professionals that grieving parents petitioning firsthand might have struck lawmakers as an unpleasant intrusion.

NY Times Editorial Observer Francis X. Clines on Mark Barden, father of 7-year-old Daniel Barden who was among 25 other massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School December 14, 2012.

"A Sandy Hook Parent Finds His Voice in Moving Beyond ‘the Darkest Horror of It All’

“My wife Jackie and I still, we cry together every day. We still try to come to terms with, ‘Is this really possible that this actually happened to us and to this community to Newtown?’” - Mark Barden, whose 7-year-old son Daniel was shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December along with 25 other people. He gave a tear-jerking interview to Rachel Maddow Thursday night.