I apologize for politicizing a mass shooting tragedy before the blood has even dried, but sadly, the blood never dries. We now have at least one mass shooting incident every day in the United States, besides the big one in San Bernardino, four people were also shot in Savannah, Georgia today. When I started this cartoon, it was mainly focused on the shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, but then San Bernardino happened.
As I write this, there have been at least three mass shootings since the attack in Colorado Springs. (Where, sadly, one of the eyewitnesses had also been an eyewitness to a previous shooting three weeks earlier just a few miles away.) This has got to stop. The go-to line for the pro-gun crowd now seems to be that we should focus on mental health issues and put more guns in every conceivable part of society.
I’m all for focusing on mental health and doing all we can on that front, but there is so much more we should be doing about guns. Motives may change— mental illness, workplace attacks, domestic terrorism— but there seems to be a common thread in nearly all of these attacks. Yes, it would be nice to get to the root cause of all of these ills, but why not at least try to prevent weapons of war from killing people in our country every day? (You can find more links to news stories behind this cartoon here.)