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How cartoons are arguing for gun control after the Las Vegas massacre

By Michael Cavna

October 3, 2017 at 11:04 AM

WITH EACH modern American massacre, from schools to theaters to music venues to places of worship, one way to grieve and unite is through art. Creatively, cartoonists are often the first responders.

In the immediate wake of Sunday night’s shooting in Las Vegas that left 59 dead and hundreds injured, there has been a torrent of politically laced words — often the usual volleys about the NRA and the Second Amendment and automatic weapons.

Cutting through the fog, here is how editorial pictures have offered commentary:

ADAM ZYGLIS (Buffalo News):

R.J. MATSON (CQ Roll Call):

JOHN COLE (Times Tribune, Scranton):

DAVE GRANLUND (Cagle Cartoons):

TAYLOR JONES (El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico):

TOM TOLES (The Washington Post):

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Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.

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