Silencer

5(Cole, 2013)

Team Member Name: Maegan Kasteler

Publication: Scranton Times/Tribune

Date: April 6, 2013

Cartoonist: John Cole

U.S. Cartoon

Title of cartoon: N/A

Cartoon # 11

What action is taking place in the cartoon? What is the context?

This cartoon groups the leaders of Syria, Iran, and North Korea, all who have massive weapon problems and who are all pro-gun with the leader of the NRA.  It depicts these four men as being brothers and allies.  Historically brothers have similar backgrounds and values.  This cartoon is in essence showing that the NRA is no different than these global terrorist leaders.

Tone of the cartoon:

The framing of this cartoon is positive towards gun control.

This cartoon is supportive of supporters of gun control.

What “reality” is constructed/framed about your issue?

The reality that is constructed in this cartoon is that if we support the NRA and vote against gun control, we open our country to mass terrorism such as genocide because gun violence will increase.  The cartoonist frames the NRA as an enemy of the State. He is implying that the NRA is more interested in mass production and selling of guns rather than fighting for the citizens’ Second Amendment rights. He wants the public to pay attention to the similar ideologies of the NRA and the leaders of Syria, Iran and North Korea.

Boxing(Luojie, 2013)

Team Member Name: Emily Cox

Publication: China Daily

Date: September 28, 2013

Cartoonist: Luojie

International Cartoon

Title of cartoon: Match Impossible

Cartoon# 12

What action is taking place in the cartoon? What is the context?

In the cartoon, Uncle Sam is attempting to box his own shadow in a match refereed by President Obama. The shadow is labeled “Gun Abuse” and Uncle Sam, representing America, has a tired look on his face as he tries to fight this issue.

Tone of the cartoon:

The cartoon presents a positive view of gun control.

The cartoon supports supports supporters of gun control.

What “reality” is constructed/framed about your issue?

The cartoon talks about how gun abuse and gun control is an issue that America has, and will continue to, deal with for a long time.  It’s an issue that won’t be solved easily or any time soon, if ever, as the cartoon points out. The fact that the cartoonist is drawing for a Chinese newspaper and is Chinese himself goes to show that America seems like a country that is constantly bickering with itself. He is showing American as being vulnerable making the Chinese feel even more superior and not having harmony; it’s at war with itself. He is showing America as an easy target.

Another thing that seems worth mentioning is that Obama is refereeing the fight but not actually doing anything about it. It appears the cartoonist is saying that President Obama is sitting back and watching his people try to deal with the issue by themselves.  Yet, he is also drawn as being in a position of power. The cartoonist is framing President Obama as a figurehead who doesn’t really care.  He is changing the conversation from gun control to President Obama standing back and not doing anything about it. Another way to interpret the inclusion of President Obama would be to say that Uncle Sam represents Old America, who isl the defender of the Second Amendment and maintaining laws that might, in this day and age, be seen as irrelevant while President Obama represents a New America with a bigger government.

pills
(Luojie, 2013)

Team Member Name: Emily Cox

Publication: The Buffalo News

Date: September 17, 2013

Cartoonist: Adam Zyglis

U.S. Cartoon 

Title of cartoon: Another Mass Shooting

Cartoon# 13

What action is taking place in the cartoon? What is the context?

The cartoon shows a tube of pills that you’d get from the pharmacy with a prescription that says “Readily Available,” on it. Instead of pills falling out of the tube, there are bullets. The caption is “When Our Mental Health System Fails.” The context of the cartoon is referencing the Navy Yard shooting, where the shooter was found to have mental health issues, which led him to believe that he was being controlled (Botelho & Sterling, 2013).

Tone of the cartoon:

The cartoon presents a positive view of gun control.

The cartoon supports supporters of gun control.

What “reality” is constructed/framed about your issue?

This cartoon talks about the Navy Yard shooter’s struggle with mental illness. It has an interesting twist in its replacement of medicine with bullets. The cartoonist infers, if mentally ill people, such as the Navy Yard shooter, can’t get medicine then they might turn to weapons as a means to make themselves feel better.

Not only is the cartoonist pointing out the shooter’s mental illness, he also wants us to look at the failure of the mental care system. There were many Navy officials that were in direct contact with him and failed to see that he was having issues. The shooter sought help in the only way he thought possible and used bullets to rid himself of those controlling him. In his mind, he is justified in pulling the trigger. If he thought there were microscopic bugs in his hand controlling him he might have dug them out or cut off his hand.The “Readily Available,” label on the canister of bullets makes the point that if gun control isn’t in place, then guns and bullets will be readily available to those who shouldn’t have a weapon in their possession. The result? More mass shootings.

Since this cartoon was made the day after the shooting occurred, the topic was still fresh on people’s minds. The cartoonist, while he was certainly portraying his own opinions, was also reflecting the public’s view on this issue and getting people to think about the issue of gun control in terms of who should be allowed to carry a gun.   

 brain

(Englehart, 2013)

Team Member Name: Emily Cox

Publication: The Hartford Courant

Date: September 18, 2013

Cartoonist: Bob Englehart

U.S. Cartoon

Title of cartoon: Navy Yard Shooter Mentally Ill

Cartoon# 14

What action is taking place in the cartoon? What is the context?

In the panel are depicted two items labeled as being “potentially deadly”: a handgun and a brain with a Band-Aid on it. The brain is labeled “untreated mental illness.” This cartoon is in the context of the recent Navy Yard shooting that had happened three days previous to the publication of the cartoon.

Tone of the cartoon:

The cartoon presents a positive view of gun control.

The cartoon supports supporters of gun control.

What “reality” is constructed/framed about your issue?

This cartoon is very sobering indeed. After the Navy Yard shooter was caught, it was determined that he had a mental illness, that was left untreated for too long. The simple point the cartoonist is trying to make is that gun control laws should be enacted. If not, we risk putting guns into the hands of the mentally ill who may feel that in order to rid themselves of their demons, they have to kill every single person they encounter, or a specific group of people. He says that an untreated mental illness is as dangerous as a .45 and together they are deadly. He wants the public to think about whom they are giving guns to and wanting them to make sure that guns aren’t falling into the wrong hands.

NC

(Cole, 2013)

Team Member Name: Emily Cox

Publication: NC Policy Watch

Date: May 13, 2013

Cartoonist: John Cole

U.S. Cartoon

Title of cartoon: Guns on Campus

Cartoon# 15

What action is taking place in the cartoon? What is the context?

A bell tower representing Chapel Hill, NC is labeled “NC Campuses.” It is shown in the first panel with three bullets whizzing by. The cartoonist has written “The Problem” in the top of the panel.  In the second panel, the same bell tower is shown but this time with tons of bullets being shot by it and at each other. This panel has been labeled ‘The Legislators’ “Solution.”‘

Tone of the cartoon:

The cartoon represents a positive view toward gun control.

The cartoon is supportive to supporters of gun control.

What “reality” is constructed/framed about your issue?

This cartoon talks about the Chapel Hill shooting earlier this year and how it was immediately framed as a matter of gun control.  The problem, as illustrated in the first panel, is a person on a college campus is shooting at people with a single gun, represented by the three shots. The solution, as offered by the legislators, is for every student and faculty member to be armed. This is problematic because, as you can see in the second panel, you can’t tell who is using the gun for protection and who is the original shooter.  If everybody has a gun, then everybody is equally dangerous and people will inevitably be shot.

The cartoonists use of labeling is needed for clarification of what is taking place in the cartoon. He uses this to change the conversation from having guns to protect you, to how dangerous it could be if everyone carried a gun. He wants people to focus on the potential hazards and not the potential benefits.

driving (Sack, 2013)

Team Member Name: Emily Cox

Publication: Minneapolis Star Tribune

Date: May 9, 2013

Cartoonist: Steve Sack

U.S. Cartoon

Title of cartoon: My First Rifle

Cartoon# 16

What action is taking place in the cartoon? What is the context?

There are two kids in toy cars. One in a traditional Fisher-Price style toy car, which is plastered with pro-gun bumper stickers, including one that says “I’m In the NRA.” He also has a toy rifle in the car with him labeled, “My First Rifle” which could very well be a semi-functional rifle. He’s saying to his playmate, “My parents are preparing me for my future!” The other child is a girl and she’s in a toy hearse. She has a run-down expression on her face and is say’s, “So are mine.”

Tone of the cartoon:

The cartoon presents a positive view towards gun control.

The cartoon supports supporters of gun control.

What “reality” is constructed/framed about your issue?

This cartoon as a darkness to it and has several ways that you could interpret it.  On the one hand, it could be seen as a foreshadowing of what could happen if it were commonplace for everybody everywhere to have a gun.  Parents might start priming their kids early in their lives to get used to using guns. However, the more in-depth analysis of this cartoon is that, with the addition of more guns, there will be an increased need for hearse drivers. By doing this he is framing the idea of gun control as dangerous and potentially deadly. He wants people to think about the potential hazards of everyone carrying guns. He is also using heavy pathos with his “think of the children” argument when he puts kids in the cars. He wants us to realize that laws that we put in place today will affect our children and their futures. The cartoonist is priming the audience to assume that, with increased gun ownership, the natural outcome is increased death. Making their child’s future as a hearse driver lucrative. He primes by giving the reader a glimpse into their child’s future using scare tactics.

vests(Wright, 2013)

Team Member Name: Kelsey Richardson

Publication: Cagle Cartoons

Date: January 9, 2013

Cartoonist: Larry Wright

U.S. Cartoon

Title of cartoon: Kids Vests

Cartoon# 17

What action is taking place in the cartoon? What is the context?

In this cartoon a representative of the NRA is standing behind a podium holding up a gray bulletproof vest. He is saying, “The NRA is opposed to any new gun regulations, but we do urge the purchase of children-size bullet-proof vests.”

The NRA is a known supporter of gun-rights and they are a loud voice in opposition to gun control. Supporters of gun control often times critique the NRA views and think that the NRA isn’t concerned about people’s safety. This cartoon was published a little less than a month after the shooting at Sandy Hook. The shooting caused liberals to voice their concern over childrens’ safety and want to enlist stricter gun control laws. In return the NRA took their stance that the gun control laws would abuse their Second Amendment rights.

Tone of the cartoon:

The cartoon uses positive framing of gun control.

The framing is supportive of supporters of gun control.

What “reality” is constructed/framed about your issue?

Larry Wright, in essence, is “making fun” of the NRA’s views that there shouldn’t be gun control laws. He frames his argument to make the NRA look silly for the claims they’ve made. He’s saying that their argument isn’t credible because gun rights would hurt more people than they would protect. He exaggerates the effects that gun rights would have to incite emotions from parents and people that followed the Sandy Hook shooting. He wants people to think about their children’s safety and how sad it would be for a child to wear a bulletproof vest.


Q syndicate
(Berge, 2013)

Team Member Name: Kelsey Richardson

Publication: AAEC

Date: July 16, 2013

Cartoonist: Paul Berge 

U.S. Cartoon

Title of cartoon: Q Syndicate

Cartoon# 18

What action is taking place in the cartoon? What is the context?

In this cartoon the gun is talking and says that if it didn’t exist, George Zimmerman would have stayed in his car and Trayvon Martin wouldn’t have died. The gun  goes on to say that with it, George Zimmerman goes on to kill Trayvon Martin, goes to trial, and spends the rest of his life threatened by black people, and he threatens them. Finally, the gun says “See how I make you safer?”

On February 26, 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin died at the hands of a local neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, who was carrying a loaded gun. The events that night are unclear, but are based mostly on calls made from Zimmerman himself, and neighbors (Audio, 2012). This shooting has started an intense debate over gun rights, race and a Florida law known as “Stand Your Ground.”

Tone of the cartoon:

This cartoon has positive framing of gun control.

This cartoon is supportive of supporters of gun control.

What “reality” is constructed/framed about your issue?

In this cartoon, guns are being portrayed as dangerous.  Paul Berge’s cartoon takes on the saying “guns kill people” and disregards the saying “people kill people.”  He is taking the stance that if there were gun control laws, Trayvon Martin wouldn’t be dead, and George Zimmerman wouldn’t have to spend his life looking over his shoulder. He frames guns as having Jedi powers, making their gun-owners powerless against their will, which means we need to lock up all guns as they have powers beyond human restraint. He wants people to disregard the accountability of George Zimmerman and turn their focus onto the gun and the gun alone.

Guns for kids
(Rogers, 2013)

Team Member Name: Kelsey Richardson

Publication: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Date: May 7, 2013

Cartoonist: Rob Rogers

U.S. Cartoon

Title of cartoon: Guns For Kids

Cartoon# 19

What action is taking place in the cartoon? What is the context?

In this cartoon there is a gum-ball machine with guns in it and a sign saying “Guns 4 Kids!” There is a young boy staring wide-eyed at it saying, “Can I have one, mom?… Can I?… Can I?…” Above all of this there is text saying, “NRA’s solution to massacred school children.”

Five months prior was the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in which Adam Lanza shot and killed twenty children and six adults after killing his own mother. During the shooting, he used a Bushmaster AR-15 and three other guns that were found next to his body after he shot himself (CNN, 2013). After this tragedy there was a national debate about whether or not there should be gun control laws to protect the children (Farley, Robertson & Kiely, 2012).

Tone of the cartoon:

This cartoon uses positive framing towards gun control.

This cartoon is supportive of supporters of gun control.

What “reality” is constructed/framed about your issue?

Rob Rogers is using the NRA as a stereotype for those against gun control. In his cartoon he frames the NRA’s anti-gun control argument as ridiculous and threatening to children. He exaggerates the anti-gun control views that, in order to prevent massacre shootings in our schools, guns should be readily available to those who want them. He once again exaggerates their view by saying that they want children to have guns to prevent themselves from being victims of another school massacre. He uses the gum-ball machine to illustrate his point of view that the NRA is trying to market guns to children. He, like many cartoonists, is using the “think of the children” argument and wanting the public to pay attention to how gun rights could affect the quality and safety in the lives of their children.

Teachers Packing Heat (Plante, 2013)

Team Member Name: Maegan Kasteler

Publication: Tulsa World

Date: February 8, 2013

Cartoonist: Bruce Plante

U.S. Cartoon

Title of cartoon: Teachers Packing Heat

Cartoon# 20

What action is taking place in the cartoon? What is the context?

In this cartoon an innocent child drops their book in a classroom resulting in a loud sound.  As a result, armed teachers go into a frenzy to protect the children, rushing into the classroom with their guns raised.  This was released after a proposals by Bill Bennett and Louie Gohmert to arm certain employees in schools to prevent attacks. 

Tone of the cartoon:

The framing is positive towards gun control.

This cartoon is supportive of supporters of gun control.

What “reality” is constructed/framed about your issue?

The reality constructed is: if we arm our teachers it could create trauma in the classroom.  Over all, when a gun is drawn, it is usually in a hostile situation. According to Future of Children, “Exposure to gun violence can traumatize children and youth not just physically, but emotionally as well. Studies have documented that young people exposed to gun violence experience lasting emotional scars. Some children may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can affect brain development. The psychological trauma of gun violence may lead some children to arm themselves ‘for protection,’ or desensitize them so that they feel less hesitation about engaging in violent acts” (Reich, Patti & Behrman, 2002).  The cartoonist demonstrates his belief that, if we allowed guns in classrooms, this would increase the likelihood of exposure to gun violence. He is trying to change the agenda from protecting the children by arming teachers, to the potential risk of being armed around children.

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