Trigger

Pat Toomey (Rogers, 2013)

Team Member Name: Kelsey Richardson

Publication: Pittsburg Post-Gazette

Date: April 22, 2013

Cartoonist: Rob Rogers

U.S. Cartoon

Title of cartoon: Pat Toomey

Cartoon# 1

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

In this cartoon there is a hunter, dressed in appropriate hunting apparel, holding a gun and saying, “I’m in favor of doing background checks…” The other side of the cartoon shows the same guy holding the gun and staring at a “NRA’s Most Wanted” poster that shows Senator Pat Toomey. The Hunter goes on to say, “…to prevent courageous moderate republicans from infiltrating the GOP!”

Pat Toomey worked on a bipartisan law that would have extended criminal background checks on Internet and gun show sales. The NRA was pleased when Congress voted down the law. They released a statement later that said, “This legislation would criminalize the private transfer of firearms by honest citizens, requiring friends, neighbors and many family members to get government permission to exercise a fundamental right or face prosecution” (Cox, 2013). However Politifact found that the NRA’s claim only contained a small truth but was overall a big stretch (Moorhead, 2013).

Tone of the cartoon:

The cartoon has negative framing of gun control.

Framing is opposing supporters of gun control.

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

Rob Rogers is framing this cartoon to be supportive of the NRA and their claims that Pat Toomey was being a moderate Republican for offering a bipartisan law. He is turning around the bipartisan position that Toomey took on gun control, when he uses it to get back at him for taking that stance. The hunter he uses is there to represent the over exaggerated but “typical” supporter of gun-rights and the NRA. The poster is positioned on a tree as a target so the hunter can “take a shot at Pat Toomey” just as the NRA did after the law was voted down when they released their statement. The cartoon is exaggerating Senator Toomey’s facial features and expressions to portray him as being under duress. It is also done to make him look less powerful and more degrading.

Mr. Rogers is attempting to change the conversation of gun control and directing us to look at who we are electing into the Senate. It is making the public aware of the positions that Senator Toomey took on gun control and framing him as wrong. He wants the public, instead of doing background checks for gun control, to do background checks on their Senators and if they are representing the desires and beliefs of the people.

8(Beeler, 2013)

Team Member Name: Maegan Kasteler

Publication: The Columbus Dispatch

Date: September 17, 2013

Cartoonist: Nate Beeler

U.S. Cartoon  

Title of cartoon: Navy Yard Shooting

Cartoon# 2

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

In this cartoon you see a news reporter equipped with a media badge, smart phone, cue cards, an ear set, as well as a cameraman with lighting equipment.  He is standing outside the Washington Navy Yard reporting about the shooting that took place there.  He rather satirically says, “wielding a deranged man, a GUN killed 12 people today…” This is an obvious spoof on the classic saying “people don’t kill people, guns kill people.”  It shows the foolishness of that statement when put in the context of an actual shooting.

Tone of the cartoon:

The Cartoonist uses more negative framing of gun control.

Framing is opposed to the supporters of gun control.

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

The reality is not that guns kill people, rather it is the person who pulls the trigger.  This cartoon causes us to reevaluate our views on gun control issue.  The cartoonist frames the idea of the Navy Yard Shooting as a platform to push forward their agenda for gun control. By using the quote in the cartoon, he is mocking those in favor of gun control inferring that they are irrational in their claims. Many people have sought ways to justify the ban of guns because of the phrase previously mentioned. This cartoon puts the absurdity of that statement at the forefront and forces us to realize how inaccurate the statement is.  Reason tells you it is the person behind the gun that kills people.  The gun may be the weapon of choice, but is the person behind the gun who points and then pulls the trigger.  To put it in perspective, ask yourself this question;  who is placed behind bars, the gun or the shooter?

7(Varvel, 2013)

Team Member Name: Maegan Kasteler

Publication: The Indianapolis Star

Date: April 29, 2013

Cartoonist: Gary Varvel

U.S. Cartoon

Title of cartoon: N/A

Cartoon# 3

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

The cartoon is a side by side comparison of President Obama’s differing stance on issues that are not normally linked.  Obama has the stereotypically exaggerated ears and lips.  In both sides of the cartoon he is giving a speech on a controversial issue.  On the left is a quote from a speech given in Minneapolis where he said, “We may not be able to prevent every massacre or random shooting. No law or set of laws can keep our children completely safe. But if there’s even one thing we can do, if there’s just one life we can save, we’ve got an obligation to try” (Bruce & Dwyer, 2013).  It is then contrasted by the hypocrisy of Obama’s platform of pro-choice instead of pro-life, where he does not feel the obligation to save “every child’s” life.

Tone of the cartoon:

The framing is negative towards gun control.

The framing is opposed to supporters of gun control.

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

The reality that the cartoonist is portraying is that Obama has a desire to save human lives and claims he can do so by establishing strict gun control laws.  The artist then juxtaposes this concept with the fact that Obama wishes to also legalize abortion.  By contrasting these opposing stances it creates a moral dilemma for Obama because his argument for gun control conflicts with his argument for abortion. The cartoonist frames Obama as being hypocritical and insincere. The cartoonist points out that Obama changes his agenda depending on his audience and the topic he is speaking on. In doing so, he is changing the conversation of gun control to Obama’s integrity.

HOME SCHOOLING(Milbrath, 2013)

Team Member Name: Maegan Kasteler

Publication: Cartoon Movement

Date: August 21, 2013

Cartoonist: Deb Milbrath

U.S. Cartoon

Title of cartoon: Home Schooling

Cartoon# 4

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

This cartoon depicts a pair of news anchors, one male and one female, who are giving a briefing of what news is to come later on in the show.  They report that home schooling is on the rise because it is “safer” due to a number of school shootings. The News ticker at the bottom is describing an accused school shooter, in custody, as being a quite lad.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics between the years of 1999 and 2007 the number of children enrolled in home school increased by 74% (U.S. Department of Education, 2009).  21% of the parents questioned in this survey said that the reason they switched their child to home schooling is because they were concerned about the safety of the school environment (U.S. Department of Education, 2009). There has also been a spike in school violence. According to the Youth Gun Violence Fact Sheet compiled by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) (n.d.), “During the 2009/2010 school year the odds of a student (age 5-18) being the victim of a school-associated homicide was one in 2.5 million. In comparison, the odds of a 5 to 19 year old being killed in a motor vehicle accident in 2010 were 1 in 16,000.”

Tone of the cartoon:

The framing is negative of gun control.

The framing is opposing the supporters of gun control.

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

The reality that is constructed, is that we blow the details of a given tragedy way out of proportion.  We tend to overreact and only see the negative.  As a result, this cartoon says that more people are home schooling their kids. This cartoon takes facts and relates them to the idea that gun violence in schools is increasing.  He is trying to help people rethink their actions and ideologies by pointing out the extreme measures that people are willing to go to in order to protect their children.

Obama-CT-gun-control(Granlund, 2013)

Team Member Name: Melissa Allison

Publication: The Herald News

Date: April 9, 2013

Cartoonist: Dave Granlund

U.S. Cartoon 

Title of cartoon: Obama flies to Connecticut to address Gun Control

Cartoon# 5

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

The cartoon shows Air Force One with Secret Servicemen surrounding it, as well as on top of it. All are heavily armed with one talking on a cell phone, “Tell the President we’re ready to proceed to West Hartford.”

Tone of the cartoon:

The cartoon has negative framing of gun control.

Framing is opposing supporters of gun control.

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

The cartoon frames the hypocrisy of the President who is campaigning for gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre while heavily guarded by the weapons he wants to ban. On April 8, 2013, President Obama went to talk to the people of that community to try and push forward his proposed legislature for gun control. He demands, “If there is even one thing we can do to protect our kids, don’t we have an obligation to try? If there is even one step we can take to keep somebody from murdering dozens of innocents in the span of minutes, shouldn’t we be taking that step? If there is just one thing we can do to keep one father from having to bury his child, isn’t that worth fighting for” (Office of the Press Secretary, 2013). Mr. Granlund changes the conversation from gun control to, “Oh my heck, look how many armed agents he has to protect him!” It points out that Obama may feel worthy of being protected but his citizens are not.

gunban(Varvel, 2012)

Team Member Name: Melissa Allison

Publication: News Busters

Date: December 18, 2012

Cartoonist: Gary Varvel               

 U.S. Cartoon 

 Title of cartoon: Prohibition Never Works                 

 Cartoon# 6

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

A man sits at a bar with a beer in his hand, looking up at the news on T.V. “The Nation Mourns – School Shooting.” He says to the bartender, “This wouldn’t happen if we banned guns.” The bartender replies, “Yeah, a ban worked so well during prohibition.” Comparing a ban on guns to Prohibition, he argues that a ban on guns didn’t work and will have the same outcome as the ban on alcohol: failure.

This cartoon was drawn after the Sandy Hook Massacre which opened the door for President Obama’s agenda to increase gun control.

 Tone of the cartoon:

The cartoon has negative framing of gun control.

Framing is opposing supporters of gun control.

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

The cartoon demonstrates, stereotypically, what society does when there is a tragedy. Whether it is a shooting, drunk driving, or teen sex, society swings from one end of the pendulum to the other not valuing temperance, or trusting their neighbors (or themselves).They turn a blind eye to the consequences of extremism as quoted in,  A Glimpse behind the Mask of Prohibition. “And here we come to the vital distinction between the advocacy of temperance and the advocacy of prohibition. Temperance and self-control are convertible terms. Prohibition, or that which it implies, is the direct negation of the term self-control. In order to save the small percentage of men who are too weak to resist their animal desires, it aims to put chains on every man, the weak and the strong alike. And if this is proper in one respect, why not in all respects” (Andreae, 1915). This quote is excellent in application towards gun control. The “weak,” can be compared to the mentally ill and those unable to bridle their passions, while the “strong” represent the law abiding citizen who is responsible in exercising their rights.

Mr. Varvel is changing the conversation from banning guns to the history government bans. He wants his audience to look at what history tells us; bans don’t work. In Jake Honeycutts article, “Gun control lessons from Prohibition” he writes, “Every decade or so, Americans become entranced by the same siren song that produced Prohibition. The song says, ‘If you ban it, it will go away.’ It croons, ‘If we merely strip away our liberties, we’ll all be safer.’ History has shown us that this siren song is dangerous” (Honeycutt, 2012). Mr. Varvel has a good argument in his analogy of gun control and Prohibition. Definite use of simile and metaphor to frame.

20130125_The-Moral-High-Ground(Toons, 2013)

 Team Member Name: Melissa Allison

 Publication: Red State                  

 Date: January 24, 2013

 Cartoonist: Toby Toons              

 U.S. Cartoon

 Title of cartoon: The Moral High Ground  

 Cartoon# 7

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

A man stands with a rifle in his hand on a hill that is covered with headstones labeled, “Fascist,” “Nazis,” “Home Invaders,” etc. On the hill next to him, which is higher, stands a “hipster” holding a sign that reads, “Guns kill people.”  He is wearing a pink shirt with the Planned Parenthood and peace logos, while on his hill are countless crosses to symbolize the graves of babies who were aborted. “Abortion,” is labeled on the hill in the midst of those graves.

 Tone of the cartoon:

The cartoon has negative framing of gun control.

Framing is opposing supporters of gun control.

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

That conservatives fight for “life” while liberals, who are stereotypically “Pro-Choice,” are for gun control because, “guns kill people.” The cartoonist is using frames of naming, value-laden words, stereotypes, and metaphors/similes. Facist, Nazi, home-invasion,  and commies are all words that evoke emotion on all sides. By using value-laden words, he draws the viewer into his issue, adding significant weight to his argument. He’s labeling the graves and the hill, clothing, and signs, naming everything so that there is no question regarding his position.

He shares in his comments that, “The same people that support ‘Total Reproductive Freedom’  actually think they are on the moral high ground in the gun grab debate“(Toons, 2013). This is just over a month after the Sandy Hook Massacre in Connecticut. He links his comments to sites that he feels supports his cartoons ideology. The cartoon is very provocative and passionate. Definitely has the effect of getting people to think and discuss this issue once they’re able to calm their ire or glee. Mr. Toons is changing the conversation from gun control to pro-choice and the countless deaths at the hands of those who support it. His cartoon argues that guns protect lives from tyrannical leaders who have no issues with genocide. One might wonder if he is comparing those same leaders to those of pro-choice and inferring that they are constituents of genocide themselves.

010713_JoeHollywoodGunControl_UFSCOLOR(Payne, 2013)

Team Member Name: Melissa Allison

 Publication: Guns & Ammo               

 Date: January 7, 2013

 Cartoonist: Henry Payne                   

 U.S. Cartoon 

 Title of cartoon: Joe Hollywood Gun Control    

 Cartoon# 8

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

There is a man in a car looking up at a billboard that is promoting a movie, “Joe Hollywood, star of ‘Buckets of Blood,’ says: Call your Congressman about gun control!” The billboard has a muscular man holding a shotgun that is being fired with shells flying. The title of movie is in red lettering.

Tone of the cartoon:

The cartoon has negative framing of gun control.

Framing is opposing supporters of gun control.

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

It speaks to the hypocrisy of Hollywood and the actors who use firearms, in abundance, in their movies to make big money (G&A Online Editors, 2013). Yet, while in the process of promoting them, they tell the public that they shouldn’t have one, that they are bad (Wilkie, 2013). The cartoonist points out the conflicting messages that Hollywood is sending to the public. It’s framing against the issue of gun control but even more about Hollywood. It appears to be making a statement of those in Hollywood who are for gun control, and once again, their hypocrisy. He’s changing the conversation from gun control to the notion that if Hollywood is going to send mixed messages. If their only in it for the money, how can you trust anything they say because they must have an agenda that continues to benefit them, regardless of the confusion to their audiences.

50f83aee823b5.image(Warren, 2013)

Team Member Name: Melissa Allison

 Publication: Net Right Daily            

  Date: January 17, 2013

 Cartoonist: William Warren     

 U.S. Cartoon 

 Title of cartoon: Gun Control for Dummies    

 Cartoon# 9

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

In the “before” frame a man is holding a rifle with a gun in his waist holster, wearing a shirt labeled, “Law Abiding Citizen.”  Next to him is another man holding a gun who looks unhappy with his shirt labeled, “Criminal.” In the “after” frame stand the same two men with the same labels on their shirts, however, now the “Law Abiding Citizen” is empty handed, no guns or rifles at all. The “Criminal” however, still has his gun in hand but now looks to the “Law Abiding Citizen” with a big smile on his face.

 Tone of the cartoon:

The cartoon has negative framing of gun control.

Framing is opposing supporters of gun control.

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

The cartoonist is making the argument that a “Law Abiding Citizen” with a gun makes the “Criminals” in society unhappy. Unarmed citizens are not as easy to take over, versus a citizen who is without defense makes them very happy. The risk of personal injury on the criminals’ part is low increasing his odds of over-powering his victim. The cartoonist is using stereotype to frame his cartoon. He doesn’t take into account the criminals’ experience, the type of criminal, or the ability of the “Law Abiding Citizen” to defend himself properly without harming himself or innocent bystanders, with or without a gun. It also points out that even with gun control laws, criminals will continue to have guns. The cartoonist frames this as a common sense issue and if you don’t agree with him you must be a “dummy.”

comcast(McKee, 2013)

Team Member Name: Kelsey Richardson

Publication: The Augusta Chronicle

Date: March 26, 2013

Cartoonist: Rick McKee

U.S. Cartoon

Title of cartoon: Comcast Bans Gun Ads

Cartoon# 10

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

In this cartoon, there is a couple sitting on the couch watching a feature film called “Blood & Guts” that shows a guy shooting a gun. The man on the couch says, “Thank goodness Comcast has banned gun & ammo ads.”

In February 2013 Comcast Cable Company halted all advertisement having to do with guns in support of gun control. This policy was incorporated after the company bought NBCUniversal which already had such policies. NBCUniversal is a widely known for many movies and television shows that feature guns. This has led to controversy over the hypocrisy of their policy (Robertson, 2013).

Tone of the cartoon:

This cartoon uses negative framing of gun control.

This cartoon is framed in opposition to supporters of gun control.

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

In this cartoon the cartoonist is illustrating his feelings of hypocrisy by Comcast. He is framing his argument as ironic to show that there is a wide use of guns in films and television programming, but Cable television channels are not allowing the advertisement of such. He uses sarcasm in his character’s line to show irony and poke fun at Comcast for their policy. He also uses the name “blood and guts” to exaggerate the use of guns and violence in films. He wants the public to shift their attention from guns, to how hypocritical companies and organization are about gun use.

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