Gun Control

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This cartoon clearly aims to demonstrate the ineffectiveness of gun control. The artist constructed this media to imply that disarming law-abiding citizens does not allow us to fully control gun-related crimes. It was constructed to influence the opinions of viewers and to give them a reason to disagree with gun control. This piece of media represents the world because it implies that society has two stances on this debate: one group who wants stricter gun laws, and the other who views gun ownership as a civil right.

In my opinion, it’s unlikely that this piece of media was created with the intention of selling anything other than an idea. Since the website description is, “the official blog of Americans for Limited Government”, it’s not hard to tell their political purpose: they post political cartoons with the purpose of exposing threats on individual liberty. By doing so, they hope to gain more followers, more supporters, and keep visitors coming to their website. Of course, the firearm industry is also vital to our economy, paying $2.5 billion in federal taxes in 2011. Media like this is not only designed to persuade individuals, but may also aim to save professionals who rely on the sale of firearms. Individuals will interpret this piece of media differently. Some may see it and wholeheartedly agree, while others may feel angry because it oversimplifies a very complex issue.

Of course, this cartoon conveys similar opinions to those of Jesse Ventura. As he said in his interview, “You cannot own a gun in Mexico and they had 20,000 people dead last year in the drug cartel wars.” What these individuals are trying to convey is that criminals aren’t exactly worried about abiding the law. (I.e. cocaine is illegal, do people still do it? Do they still easily obtain it?) By dismissing the effectiveness of government control through media, these individuals are able to gain support for firearm ownership.

3 thoughts on “Gun Control

  1. I agree with you that this cartoon is trying to sway the public into joining their side of the argument. I feel that it proves a very good point since most of the guns used in recent mass murders were all obtained illegally which criminals will continue to do even with the addition of more strict gun control laws. It seems like both sides are trying very hard to gain support in any way possible.

  2. I agree with your analysis of this cartoon. Although the image is very simple, it is able to convey a strong opinion against gun control propositions. You also make a good point about the economics of gun control, bringing up, “the firearm industry is also vital to our economy, paying $2.5 billion in federal taxes in 2011. Media like this is not only designed to persuade individuals, but may also aim to save professionals who rely on the sale of firearms.” I never thought about the the profits of the firearm before, but I think it is an interesting point to consider in the gun control argument.

  3. I have to start by saying I love the media you found for gun control. I think it;s simple and straight to the point. I find it very ironic and it shows a angle I feel like most people do not look at. I also agree with you about this media being created for anything other than the idea. It’s one of those pieces of media made for someone to get there idea out to the public. It’s also a piece to creat some controvery. I think this was an excellent choice for both analyzing and for people to agree or disagree with!

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