Almost as horrific as the actual deaths are the editorial cartoons that follow mass shootings. In a sane world, the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard would be a relatively apolitical affair; it isn’t surprising, after all, that a military installation has a combustible mix — unsteady personalities and lots of guns — that occasionally result in spasms of gun violence. Even a nation with strong control would leave guns in the hands of the military; even a country that did a better job tracking the mentally disabled wouldn’t put them into prison preemptively. But try telling that to the cartoonists:
Nick Anderson of The Houston Chronicle says that wow, there sure a lot of mass shootings in the United States. Which means that we know exactly as much, or as little, after reading this cartoon as we did before. Speaking of which, here’s Tony Auth of the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Steve Benson of The Arizona Republic continues the reign of the obvious with the observation that Congress doesn’t plan to enact new gun legislation. Well, yeah, we knew that.
But what really gets me is schmaltz like this Steve Breen cartoon:
Well, yeah, again. And guess what? It’ll happen in the future too. So? You might as well say the same thing about bad weather.
Come on, does anyone really think the NRA is happy about mass shootings?
More obviousness. Yes, America has lots of guns. Sure does. Never mind, by the way, that the Washington shootings weren’t carried out using assault weapons. I’m betting Jack Ohman didn’t know that when this was drawn, but still.
Hey, did you know it’s sad when people die?
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Ted Rall is a syndicated cartoonist and columnist for Universal Press Syndicate. Author of 17 books, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and twice the winner of the RFK Journalism Award, Rall's cartoons and columns appear in The Los Angeles Times, MAD Magazine, Medium.com and numerous other online and print publications. His next book is "After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You As Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan" (Hill & Wang, March 25, 2014).