This week’s editorial cartoon gallery is dominated by Monday’s Mass shooting in a Highland Park, Illinois, 4th of July parade which left seven people dead and more than 30 injured. Scott Stantis of the Chicago Tribune leads the gallery with an austere image of a child’s overturned tricycle and a one-word headline: “Enough!
David Horsey, Dana Summers, Walt Handelsman, Phil Hands, and Mike Luckovich spoke about Americans feeling vulnerable to random gun violence. “We watched fireworks celebrating our freedom at home so we wouldn’t get shot,” says Everywoman in Luckovich’s cartoon pink house.
Others commented on the prevalence of gun culture. Steve Breen of the Union-Tribune in San Diego draws a scene from “Planet of the Apes”, with the Statue of Liberty covered in sand amidst a wasteland of worn seashells. Joel Pett of the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader inserts a line in “The Star-Spangled Banner” noting the “God-given right of Americans to stockpile military-grade weapons”.
Another dominant topic in the news was the economy. Inflation continues to dampen consumers and President Joe Biden’s political stance.
We also catch up with former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony before the House Select Committee on the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. Hutchinson testified on June 28 about the temper of former President Donald Trump. She testified that on January 6, President jumps behind the wheel of his vehicle after aides wouldn’t let him join protesters at the Capitol. Hutchinson also testified that Trump once threw his lunch against the wall, leaving a ketchup stain. Breen renders Trump’s official portrait in the condiment.
Other topics in the cartoons include airline delays; the drought that is drying up Lake Mead; and the resignation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over his latest lie.
The cartoons were drawn by Nick Anderson, Bill Bramhall, Dana Summers, Drew Sheneman, Scott Stantis, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Phil Hands, Joel Pett, and Joey Weatherford of Tribune Content Agency; and Steve Breen, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.
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