Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Gunning for Hikers

Interested in generating some fireworks at a gathering of friends? Here is a recent political cartoon from Mike Keefe of the Denver Post:

You might ask, “What’s the point?”

The point is that political cartoons require the reader to have an understanding of the issue being represented by the cartoon. Without that knowledge, the cartoon doesn’t make sense.

In this instance, Mr. Keefe is providing political commentary on an amendment to The Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009 (H.R. 627). This Act had an amendment attached to it by Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma (SA 1067), emphasizing the point that Second Amendment rights of individuals shall not be infringed within National Parks.

What’s interesting is the breadth of issues that are raised by one cartoon:
--Why is a Second Amendment issue attached to an Act about Credit Cards?
--Do we need the Line Item Veto?
--Should Second Amendment rights be restricted in our National Parks?
--Is there an implied contract of Security if your government disarms you?
--Why does America have such a gun fetish?

Maybe I’m reading too much into the cartoon, but I think there is also a dark side to it.

Which political group in America tends to support Second Amendment rights? What was the political affiliation of the Senator proposing the amendment?

If the Senator has a Medical Degree and is sworn to “first do no harm”, what’s he doing supporting gun rights?

When I see a political cartoon, I immediately ask, “What’s the theme?” In this case, the people wearing the “black hats” are not shown, but they are Republicans. And what are these dysfunctional people doing this time?

They are gunning down hikers.

Even in our anti-Republican culture, that’s a pretty strong message.

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