What are the odds that on the same day I receive a journalism award from a human rights organization, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization, for a cartoon on school shootings that’s there’s another school shooting? In this country where politicians refuse to do anything to stop mass shootings and end the easy accessibility of assault rifles designed to kill as many people in the fastest way possible, pretty good. We don’t live in Belgium.
I had one of the best days of my career yesterday. After 32 years of being a professional cartoonist, I finally won my first national award. I didn’t just win any award. I won one of the big ones. And, it’s a journalism award focused on human rights, the issues closest to my heart, the issues I believe are the most important in this nation. Immigration is not the greatest threat to this nation. So while I was having the best day of my career, a lot of people in Texas were having the worst day of their lives. Nineteen children lost their lives. Parents lost their babies. Two teachers were also killed.
I received a congratulatory message from Ann Telnaes yesterday, one of the best cartoonists in our business and a person I have the highest respect for. I received several congrats from friends and colleagues, but Ann’s stood out because she apologized for congratulating me an “hour late,” as she was following the tragedy in Texas. Her message brought me back down to Earth a little bit and was a reminder that I still have to focus on what got me that award. Awards are nice, but it’d be nicer if 19 children didn’t die yesterday from something we could have prevented. My news was not the most important thing to focus on yesterday.
Another friend told me it was a shame that the shooting happened while the RFK ceremony was underway. But, this is America. Good luck picking a day where there’s not a mass shooting.
As you are aware, this is not the first mass shooting. We’re still covering the one from two Saturdays ago. This is not the first school shooting. Since these are not the first of horrible incidents, then why haven’t we put an end to these things? Republicans, that’s why.
Instead of fleeing Texas in time of trouble as is his habit, Ted Cruz offered condolences, then expressed anger at anyone who might suggest we go after the weapons that were made to kill children. Texas Governor Greg Abbott expressed confusion as to why this stuff happens. This weekend, they will both be speaking at an NRA convention in the state of…you guessed it…Texas. This is why this shit keeps happening. This is why children continue to die in their classrooms.
The person who killed these children purchased two assault rifles after turning 18 when he can’t buy a beer. Republicans are more interested in speaking at an NRA convention and scooping up big cash donations than preventing a kid from buying assault rifles to kill other kids.
These children were all in the same 4th-grade class. The shooter barricaded himself with them in their class. He killed 19 of the students and two teachers. They didn’t have a chance. This weekend, Ted and Greg are going to barricade themselves with gun humpers who will give them money to save guns from commie liberals, who want to end mass shootings. If they do bring up this shooting at the conference, I’m sure they’ll blame liberals. Hell, they don’t even want to blame racism for the Buffalo shooting.
Last night, I reshared my cartoon on mass shootings that was in my entry for the RFK Award. At this point, it has nearly 7,000 shares, a lot more from when I originally posted it in 2021. The bad thing is, I can’t remember which school shooting it was about. I was also being screamed at by people with Pepe the Frog as their profile pictures for posting the cartoon. Cartoons on mass shootings disturb gun humpers more than mass shootings do. I find thoughts and prayers more outraging as responses to these incidents.
This morning, I was having second thoughts about drawing another cartoon with dead bodies. Haven’t I drawn too many of these? Then I saw Michael Ramirez’s cartoon of a crying Uncle Sam. If Michael hasn’t drawn too many crying Uncle Sam’s yet, cartoons that refuse to address the issue, then I haven’t drawn too many cartoons that do address the issue. But, yes. I have drawn too many cartoons with dead bodies from mass shootings.
Do you want me to stop drawing cartoons with dead bodies after mass shootings? I will when we stop mass shootings.
Music note: I listened to the Gin Blossoms’ first album while coloring, which is their only good album.
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Everyone and their grandmothers are talking about this mass shooting. And yet, by the weekend, most everyone will have moved on. Today’s OUTRAGE will not be turned into political action! We the people have grown apathetic. We have lost the will to BE THE CHANGE! This is as much on us as everyone else! The problem seems to be, we are no longer willing to die trying to fight for what is right! We have truly become a species of SHEEPLE! Worse yet, we are Ostrich Sheeple. My apologies to both ostriches and sheep!
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I’m all for this … “Do you want me to stop drawing cartoons with dead bodies after mass shootings? I will when we stop mass shootings.”
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Meh – they were ‘only Mexicans’, so I’m sure it’ll all be forgotten . . . just as the Buffalo shootings were ‘just Blacks’ . . . [nb: sarcasm]
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Congratullations so much from Montevideo, Uruguay. I’m a mail suscriber and I can´t pay your cartoons sorry by that, but I really appreciate your smarts & fun blog posts very much Go on. And more awards in your life The best Juan
Spot-on as usual…sadly. The right will pass this off as a mental health issue while failing to acknowledge that the United States of America does not have a significantly higher percentage of mentally ill than any other developed nation. Whatever could be the difference?
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“In this country where politicians refuse to do anything to stop mass shootings”
We already have law in the area of schools and protection of students. The legal doctrine is “in loco parentis.” Schools that fail to protect students have violated the students’ and parents’ rights and are liable for legal damages.