Virginia Shooting



In case you haven’t noticed, Obama hasn’t come for your guns yet but Alison Parker’s father is.

I dedicate this cartoon to everyone who’s first concern after the shooting and murders in Roanoke was for their gun rights.

I expect a negative comment or two for this cartoon.

Only In America


The shooting of a reporter and camera man from a Roanoke, VA television station shakes me as much as the shooting at Charlie Hebdo. I’m sure it shakes every journalist. I know the victims. I don’t know them personally, but I know them like I know journalists. Every journalist knows them. Many of us said we are Charlie Hebdo. I am Charlie Hebdo. I’m also Alison Parker and I’m Charlie Ward. We all are. Both of these victims are close to the same age as my 25-year-old son. This also hits close to home because it’s close to home. Roanoke is a city I know.  As this disturbs the nation and the journalism community, it is a bit of a deja vu for Virginia. It was only 2007 when 32 people were killed and 17 wounded at Virginia Tech. There’s a funny meme that’s been going around on social media for a while about how a terrorist failed with a shoe bomb so now we all have to take our shoes off at the airport. How many children, college students, parishioners, preachers, journalists have to die from gun violence before we can actually have effective gun legislation? I heard many people today make comments about how liberals would now use this to push gun control. They’re right. They’re also despicable because the first concern they express is for their gun. Right now there are coworkers, fathers, mothers, siblings, fiancees who will never hear the voice of someone they love ever again because of gun violence. You’re concerned about the right to purchase a Glock 19 without a background check. Shame on you. When the founding fathers wrote the 2nd Amendment they had militias in mind. They were not considering disgruntled former employees bearing a grudge.