Every person gets a gun!
The death cult of America
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In this week’s comic, “persons” and best buddies Unnamed Blastocyst & Nerrex, Inc. exercise their many Constitutional Rights!
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What were the odds that my comic for this week, drawn on Monday and mostly about Roe v. Wade, would happen to end on a reference to our country’s obsession with guns and a mythical Second Amendment right for anyone to own and use them?
Pretty good; it’s been a theme of the comic for 32 years.
What is there to say about Tuesday’s unmitigated horror in Texas? It’s beyond depressing, not only for the devastating event, but also for the near certainty that the only solution to the problem will never happen.
After the Sandy Hook shooting, there was some optimism that perhaps this time there would be enough public outcry and political will to get something done. I was approached by the predecessor organization to Everytown for Gun Safety to help put together a video of cartoonists demanding gun reform.
This video came out in 2013, and while it was of course the tiniest drop in the bucket of the swell of public support for action, I’m proud of it, and grateful to everyone who participated. Makes me cry every time.
Spoiler Alert: The country collectively and definitively decided that mass school shootings are a price we are willing to pay for unfettered private access to high-powered firearms.
And of course I’ve done millions of comics on the issue, which I’ve been compulsively, angrily, and annoyingly posting on Twitter over the past few days. This one is a particular favorite of mine, from 2015. Believe it or not, I also get choked up when I read this. Penelope is my character.
Okay, this week’s Classic Tom the Dancing Bug (published on GoComics yesterday) is an installment of Super-Fun-Pak comix from 2007 that features the first Epic/Brutal Report.
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And this week the GoComics Super-Fun-Pak Comix page has featured comics from this installment (from 2015).
Sigh. More next week.
I’ll promise to try to stay positive if you will.
(And Happy Birthday, Katie!)
Stay well and stay safe,
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