This Week’s Cartoon: “Off-Target”

As soon as I found out about the Aurora, CO shootings, I began dreading the celebrity-level scrutiny of the gunman’s life. I mean, I have as much curiosity as anyone about what possesses a person to do such a thing, but is it really necessary to turn the news coverage of the incident into an episode of “This is your life, Mr. Shooter!” Personally, I don’t think photos of the suspect should be published at all. (See related cartoon from the Virginia Tech massacre, “The School Shooter PR Agency“; Holmes clearly falls under the “snapped nerd” category.) The right very badly wants to turn this into a matter of individual personality, but that misses the, uh, assault elephant in the room.


  • Roger Bloyce

    Whenever the mass media focus on a shooting, nothing gets past the corporate censors to tell us the names of the gun makers’ CEOs, their board members, their lobby contacts, the names of such NRA executives as its president (David Keene) and is executive vice president (Wayne LaPierre), the names of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) officials who draft pro-gun laws for state legislators, the names of these legislators and the names of the murder area legislators, federal and state, together with the amounts of “campaign contributions” they have received from gun groups.

    All of these individuals are far more responsible for our daily gun deaths, running currently more than 84 a day, or roughly four times the rate of the world’s other 22 developed nations combined.

  • Justin

    Unlike the news, Miss Soren, you hit the nail right on the head.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.