While the world mourned the death of 22 children and six school teachers killed in the Newtown school massacre, one local young man noticed a disturbing and tragic trend: He decided to speak out.
Sammy Baker, 21, a musician from Helensburgh wrote a song as an address to the US President Barack Obama.
Baker took just 12 hours to write, record, mix and master the song, posting it on YouTube just four days after the tragedy occurred on Friday, December 14.
“I didn’t eat or do anything the whole day because I was so focused on it,” said Baker. “It just flowed out. The next day I slept.”
About 80,000 people watched the video within the first three days; tripling the amount of views his second most viewed video received. Baker was understandably surprised by the extra attention.
“I thought it was just going to be Facebook friends watching it, like usual, so I was really surprised.”
Baker’s girlfriend, Haley Pomfret, was particularly moved by how much he seemed to care about this particular issue and how much work he put into the video.
“I woke up at 3am and saw Sam still sitting at his computer with his headphones on, shaking a little bit, with his eyes heaps wide,” said Pomfret, 19. “I couldn’t believe how committed to the song he was.”
Baker owns several guns – antiques he inherited from his grandfather – and laments the differences between Australian and US gun laws.
“Here in Australia it’s a massive process to get a gun,” he said. “We have police come around all the time to make sure bullets are in a separate place. In America you don’t need to have a reason – anyone can buy a gun over there.”
Next month Sam will support the Australian band, 1927, at the Heathcote Hotel.
To view Baker’s song, How Many More, go to http://www.sammybaker.com.au/HOME/index.php?id=1094940915470863433