Now is probably a good time to remind readers: I don’t draw editorial cartoons intending to change opinions; I draw them to provoke thought.
Cartoons (good ones, anyway) are much more about throwing a chunk of raw meat into the wolf den than they are about trying to herd the whole pack to a specific destination. Besides, recent articles on MLive regarding gun deaths have demonstrated that opinions are pretty well entrenched. But I do think it’s worth considering the notion that the number of gun deaths is unacceptably high in Michigan and the rest of the United States.
So … what can be done? What exactly, I don’t pretend to know. But somewhere between the naive desire to pass a magic law that makes all bad guns disappear and the creepy desire of the gun lobby to load up every man, woman and child with multiple firearms, there must be solutions to reduce those deaths. It is a legitimate public health concern.
As a state and as a nation, we need more gun-related homicides, suicides and accidents like we need, well, like we need a collective hole in the head.