Cartoonists and the USA Gun Culture

Sandy Hook Elementary. San Bernardino. Stoneman Douglas High. Uvalde. AR-15-style weapons are so common in American mass shootings that graphics journalist Mike Thompson read up on the rifles and asked himself a question:

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“The answer, unfortunately, is that it is mind-numbingly simple to obtain such a weapon,” says Thompson, a former Detroit Free Press and USA Today cartoonist. He spent about two weeks producing an illustration and an animated video syndicated by Counterpoint.

Michael Cavna, for The Washington Post talks to cartoonists Mike Thompson, Clay Bennett, Mike Luckovich, Jack Ohman, and Tim Campbell as to how they see the connection between mass shootings and the easy availability of weapons of war.