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How the world's cartoonists view American gun violence in the wake of Las Vegas

By Michael Cavna

October 5, 2017 at 8:30 AM

IN AMERICA, after each and every massacre, we debate what time’s the right time to “politicize” gun violence.

Meanwhile, most of the rest of the world cannot understand the way of the gun on U.S. shores. And they cannot comprehend why almost any post-massacre words beyond “thoughts and prayers” can seem to ignite a new controversy.

Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas has attracted the baffled gaze and passionate outcry of commentators. Here is how some cartoonists around the world are satirizing the American response:

JOEP BERTRAMS (The Netherlands):

Joep Bertrams / ( 2017/)


Peter Broelman / Australia ( 2017/)


by Petar Pismestrovic / Kleine Zeitung, Austria ( 2017/)

PAUL ZANETTI (Australia):

by Paul Zanetti / Australia ( 2017/)

PARESH NATH (United Arab Emirates):

by Paresh Nath / The Khaleej Times, UAE ( 2017/)

AISLIN (Canada):

by Aislin / Montreal Gazette, Canada ( 2017/)

Read more:

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In times of crisis, what do we really mean by ‘thoughts and prayers’?

Some in GOP open to discussing Democrats’ proposal to ban device used in Las Vegas attack

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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