The Week’s Best Cartoons: Tragedy in Uvalde — Political⚡Charge

TokyoSand at politicalcharge.org shares political cartoons on her blog every Saturday, and sometimes I feel like they’re just too good to keep. The ones from this week, though, are on a whole other level. Don’t just look at them; reflect on them. Understand what they’re saying about our priorities right now as a nation. It goes without saying, they are seriously screwed up. Larry

By Lalo Alcaraz Editorial cartoons are very specific — they respond and react to current events. But what struck me this week as I watched cartoonists share their work on Twitter, was that it was sometimes hard to distinguish which cartoons were drawn in reaction to the Uvalde massacre this week, and which were responding…

The Week’s Best Cartoons: Tragedy in Uvalde — Political⚡Charge

Guns Don’t Kill People. The United States Senate Does.

It’s a grand ol’ tradition here in these United States.

School shootings.

Young, lone gunmen armed to the teeth. Innocent children, senselessly murdered. Teachers laying down their lives for their students. Grief-stricken families. Shattered communities.

“Thoughts and prayers”, a phrase as empty and meaningless by now as “Compassionate Conservatism”. (Remember that?)

And, perhaps even most disgusting, wacky conspiracy theories.

No, actually, one thing more disgusting than that: Impotent leaders hiding behind lame excuses for doing absolutely nothing to end all this.

More specifically, the United States Senate.

Would you like some examples? Check out this story by Mary Clare Jalonick of Associated Press:

A decade of congressional inaction on gun control

Pathetic. Inexcusable. Infuriating.

And, for all the dead children and their families, so…so…sad.

Cartoonist Clay Jones says it all in this gruesome image that’s hard to look at, but very much on point:

They’re committed to protecting only children who haven’t been born yet. Sorry, students.

You have no Right To Life.

Why I Like John Pavlovitz

I’ve been following John Pavlovitz’s blog, “Stuff That Needs to Be Said,” for a few years, now. I’m always intrigued by what he has to say, and he says it well.

And yes, much of it does, in fact, need to be said.

John has been feeling, like most of us, the horror, grief and rage following the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas this week. While I have my own thoughts on the matter, which I’ll publish soon, I really want to share these three posts from John.

This is for the family. Love to all. Larry

https://johnpavlovitz.com/2022/05/24/if-your-children-came-home-today/

https://johnpavlovitz.com/2022/05/25/gun-lover-i-wish-you-were-tired-of-people-dying/

https://johnpavlovitz.com/2022/05/26/from-a-father-on-active-shooters-and-inactive-politicians/

Finally a Yankees Fan

I never could stand the New York Yankees baseball team.

Especially during the tenure of owner George Steinbrenner. I thought he was an arrogant, rich jerk who fielded a whole team of arrogant, rich jerks. I thought they felt entitled to a World Series Championship every season, like all the other teams shouldn’t even bother playing.

And the really annoying part was, they won a lot.

As a long-suffering Texas Rangers fan, this was the most annoying in the late 1990’s, when we would regularly lose to the Yanks in the playoffs.

But, that’s all history. Today, I come, not to bury the Yankees, but to praise them. (Thanks, Bill.)

And the Tampa Bay Rays, as well.

From Associated Press, May 27:

The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays used their social media accounts during Thursday night’s game between the teams to spread information about how gun violence affects American life.

The move was made in response to recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo. Several notable sports figures — including Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr — have used their platform over the past few days to plead for action to combat gun violence.

MLB’s social media accounts are usually used during games to show video highlights, relay baseball statistics or exchange witty jokes with other accounts about the action on the field. On Thursday, that was replaced by posts like “ Firearms were the leading cause of death for American children and teens in 2020.”

Both accounts then posted a link to the source of their information.

In lieu of gave (sic) coverage and in collaboration with the Tampa Bay Rays, we will be using our channels to offer facts about the impacts of gun violence.” the Yankees said in a statement. “The devastating events that have taken place in Uvalde, Buffalo and countless other communities across our nation are tragedies that are intolerable.”

The Rays also released a statement, saying that the recent shootings “cannot become normal.

We all deserve to be safe — in schools, grocery stores, places of worship, our neighborhoods, houses and America. The most recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde have shaken us to the core. The Tampa Bay Rays are mourning these heartbreaking tragedies that took the lives of innocent children and adults.“

This cannot become normal. We cannot become numb. We cannot look the other way. We all know, if nothing changes, nothing changes.”

The Uvalde school shooting was particularly personal for Rays reliever Brooks Raley, who is from Uvalde and still has family who live in the town. He attended the school where the shooting occured.

The story mentions Steve Kerr. If, by now, you haven’t seen his postgame response to the tragedy in Uvalde, it’s worth watching. He spoke for many of us.

Unfortunately, not all of us, but that’s for another post.

But what these two teams did Thursday night was absolutely remarkable. They put the uncomfortable – and, in the case of the United States Congress, untouchable – issue of gun violence right in our face, imploring us to acknowledge and deal with it. They stood up, like men.

Now it’s on us to stand with them.

Thank you, Yankees. I’ll still root for you guys to lose, don’t get me wrong, but you definitely won last night.

So did you, Rays. Thanks to both teams for having your priorities straight.

Please visit their team Twitter accounts and read the information provided there. (And just ignore all the trolls on there trashing them already; you knew they would.)

And tell your Congressmen: We can handle the thoughts and prayers. It’s time for you to ACT.