Bloomberg Assembles Leftist Cartoonists to Attack Second Amendment

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is touting his newest effort to cancel the U.S. Constitution and the Second Amendment with a gathering of cartoons by 21 cartoonists who have taken a stand against our Constitutional right to self-protection.

As Bloomie has it, they are “the nation’s best loved cartoonists.” But what Bloomberg doesn’t mention is that this gathering isn’t just a bunch of cartoonists goaded to sudden action by current events, but is a list of artists many of whom are well known as left-wing activists. One is even a La Raza activist and is in favor of giving the southwestern US “back” to Mexico.

Far from just a handful of “beloved cartoonists” who found that recent events have proven that a new approach to the Second Amendment is warranted, these folks are long-time left-wingers that have attacked traditional American principals for decades.

The artists are gathered together under the rubric “Cartoonists Demand Action to End Gun Violence” as sponsored by Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

One of the more outrageous cartoons is Dan Piraro’s contribution. It is an image of Thomas Jefferson holding a modern copy of USA Today. The cartooned newspaper sports a headline that reads, “26 Dead in School Massacre.”

It is somewhat outrageous that Piraro would use the image of Thomas Jefferson as a tool to take away our Second Amendment rights. After all, this is the same Thomas Jefferson who once said, “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”

It is also the same Thomas Jefferson who wrote in his 1792 Report on Navigation of the Mississippi (ME 3:180), “It is a principle that the right to a thing gives a right to the means without which it could not be used, that is to say, that the means follow their end.”

In other words, we wouldn’t have a Second Amendment right without access to the guns to exercise that right.

Thomas Jefferson would be outraged by Piraro’s use of his image to destroy a right he supported.

Another cartoon, one by Steve Broadner, shows a lobbyist with his pockets stuffed with money on one end of a gun-shaped scale as a tiny baby teeters on the other. This one is obviously trying to convey that lobbyists (read the NRA) are the ones keeping confiscatory gun control off the books and doing so at the expense of children. But the fact is it was voters, not lobbyists that torpedoed the most recent anti-Second Amendment legislation that President Obama and his Democrats tried to force through Congress.

Broadner’s cartoon is simply a distortion of the facts. No matter how many cartoonists are flabbergasted by the facts, the bulk of America is not in favor of taking away our own Second Amendment rights.

Again, Bloomberg presents this list of artists as “the nation’s best loved cartoonists” as if they are all Charles Schultz or Dr. Seuss. But some of the artists on this list are political cartoonists in the first place, not creators of “beloved” cartoon characters.

Artists such as Ted Rall and Steve Brodner have made a living as left-leaning, one-panel political cartoonists–and in Rall’s case extremely so. Another, artist Garry Trudeau, creator of Doonsbury, has decades of left-wing activism under his belt. So, the fact that these men are against the Second Amendment and supporters of Nanny Bloomberg should not surprise anyone.

Further, one artist on the list, Lalo Alcaraz, has been controversial for being a supporter of La Raza, a group that says that the USA stole the southwest from Mexico and demands that the land be “repatriated” to Mexico. Alcaraz most recently made news attacking Mitt Romney and has made a career of anti-Americanism. That he also stands against the Second Amendment is just nothing unusual in light of his history.

Presenting this list of artists as some shocking or thought provoking list of sudden activists is like presenting a list of past presidents of Planned Parenthood as abortion supporters and acting as if that is somehow startling news.

The Artists

  • Ted Rall (Extremist, left-wing political cartoonist)
  • Garry Trudeau (Hardcore left-winger and creator of Comic strip Doonsbury)
  • Lalo Alcaraz (Mexican-centric comic La Cucaracha and big pusher of La Raza and “reclaiming” America for Mexico)
  • Steve Brodner (Left-wing political cartoonist and caricaturist)
  • Peter Kuper (Left-wing artist and political illustrator)
  • Mike Luckovich (Left-wing political cartoonist)
  • David Mazzucchelli (Superhero comic book writer/artist in an industry that ism increasingly left-wing)
  • Mike Peters (Comic strip Mother Goose and Grimm– well known as a liberal)
  • Dan Piraro (Left-wing political cartoonist)
  • Jim Borgman (Comic strip Zits and left-wing political cartoonist)
  • Art Spiegelman (Creator of Maus, well known critic of USA)
  • Tom Tomorrow (aka Dan Perkins– Comic strip This Modern World, works for Mother Jones and writes at Daily Kos)
  • Lincoln Peirce (strip Big Nate)
  • Jeff Keane (Inherited strip The Family Circus from his Dad)
  • Rick Kirkman (Comic strip Baby Blues)
  • Stephan Pastis (Comic strip Pearls Before Swine)
  • Dave Roman (Webcomics artist)
  • Raina Telgemeier (Female cartoonist and kid’s books writer– married to comic artist Dave Roman)
  • Jerry Scott (Comic strips Baby Blues and Zits)
  • Mo Willems (Kid’s books illustrator)
  • Bill Amend (Comic strip FoxTrot)
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  • herddog505

    Let’s see if lefties are as concerned about Bloomers using his money to influence the political process as they are about the Koch brothers.

    Somehow, I doubt it.

    • JWH

      Story of this country, actually. I’ve seen a theory (one that’s pretty damn persuasive) that says American politics is more or less a history of two different groups of wealthy elites jousting with each other over their respective visions of the country, and the rest of us are mostly spectators.

      Early nineteenth century, for example, was (in broad strokes) Northern industrialists against the Southern planter class. Today it’s the Kochs of the world against the Bloombergs of the world.

      • jim_m

        That is a basic misreading of both the TEA Party and the gun rights movement.

        • JWH

          I don’t read either movement that way; both of them, like the now-fizzled Occupy movement, are largely populist movements. The thing about populist movements, though, is that they’re very easily subsumed by one of the existing elite factions.

          • jim_m

            Send me a telegram when any group subsumes the NRA.

          • JWH

            Question: Outside of the narrow issue of gun control, how effective is the NRA, exactly? Does it set tax policy? Lobby on foreign policy? On preferential treatment for industries?

          • jim_m

            The thing about populist movements, though, is that they’re very easily subsumed by one of the existing elite factions.

            I really don’t give a damn about the rest of your questions. You made an idiotic claim and I simply pointed out to you and everyone else how simplistic and ill thought out it was. The point was that you claimed that “populist movements are easily subsumed by the elite”. Idiot. I didn’t have to demonstrate that the NRA had power over tax policy, you had already agreed that they were part of a populist movement.

          • herddog505

            For my money, the fact that the NRA isn’t “effective” on issues other than RKBA makes them a rara avis amongst interest groups: they have their focus and they pretty much stick to it. Contrast this with unions who seem a damned sight less interested in safe working conditions than in immigration reform, abortion, global warming and other democrat policies.

            As a consequence, the NRA is, as jim_m hints, not likely to be “subsumed”.

          • JWH

            From where I sit, though, the reason the NRA doesn’t get subsumed is because its focus really isn’t that important. Spare me the rattling about the Second Amendment for a moment.

            The thing is, policy — that is, real policy, things that have a large economic or political effect, like foreign policy, tax policy, economic policy, and fiscal policy — are largely set by the Soroses, the Kochs, and the other elites of the world. The rest of us mostly beg for scraps from their table.

          • herddog505

            Tell that to various lefties who are certain that the NRA dictates gun policy in the United States.

          • JWH

            The NRA does have a lot of influence, but it’s confined to just that issue … though I’d be curious to see where the NRA’s members list goes. My hunch is that it gets mostly circulated to conservative-leaning organizations.

          • Rdmurphy42

            You mean its mostly circulated to people who aren’t gun grabbers? How WEIRD is that?

          • Commander_Chico

            Gun manufacturers use the NRA as a lobby. Hence their proposal to arm people at every school in the USA.

          • jim_m

            Only someone ignorant of the size of the membership of the NRA and where it really gets its funding from would make such a claim which is as at odds with reality as that one. The vast majority of NRA revenue comes from member dues and donations, not from gun manufacturers. It is a leftist lie to say that the NRA is a gun manufacturer lobby.

            The gun manufacturers have their own trade associations. Go look up SAAMI and the NSSF and stop being an ignorant ass.

          • herddog505

            You’re trying to explain that the NRA is not TEH OLIGARCHY.

            Give it up: it’s a lost cause.

          • jim_m

            Chico is certainly a lost cause. However, there is no reason to let his disinformation go unchallenged and his trutherism and his complaints about teh oligarchy should not go unmocked.

          • Only someone ignorant of the size of the membership of the NRA and where it really gets its funding from would make such a claim

            That’s our soi disant cognoscenti.

          • herddog505

            Yep, because the police and military would NEVER purchase a gun without pressure from the NRA on politicians.


            BTW: here in North Carolina, many of our schools have “school resource officers”, which is a bizarre euphemism for “well-armed deputy sheriffs or police officers”.

            The NRA didn’t plump to put them there; that was done by liberal-dominated school boards all on their own.

            Don’t believe me? Here’s that well-known mouthpiece for the firearms industry, the National Education Association, singing praises of armed officers in the schools:

            A greater presence of these officers and other so-called “hard responses” in schools does have potential drawbacks – specifically a concern that the nation’s schools are being turned into makeshift prisons, instead of learning communities. The National Education Association believes that all educa­tion employees, parents/guardians, stu­dents, school governing boards, and com­munity members s must work cooperatively to establish and maintain student safety. NEA also believes the most effective strategies focus on prevention, counseling, and conflict resolution. SROs, says Myrstol, can make a significant contribution to these efforts.


            I guess TEH OLIGARCHY got to the teachers, too… Damn their long and greasy tentacles!

          • Rdmurphy42

            Do you REALLY want to go into defining people by where their revenue stream comes from anyway? Think hard on this one …

  • Who gave Bloomberg the idea he had the authority to attempt to control the rest of the country?

    • GarandFan

      He ‘has money’. Ergo, he’s “smarter” than everyone else.

      Let’s see Lil’ Mikey walk through Harlem at midnight, WITHOUT his bodyguards. Like everyone else in the neighborhood has to.

      As for the ‘beloved cartoonists’ – just another batch of limo liberals.

  • JWH

    Some quick feedback from Philosoraptor …

  • Conservachef

    One of the more outrageous cartoons is Dan Piraro’s contribution. It is an image of Thomas Jefferson holding a modern copy of USA Today. The cartooned newspaper sports a headline that reads, “26 Dead in School Massacre.”

    It is somewhat outrageous that Piraro would use the image of Thomas Jefferson as a tool to take away our Second Amendment rights. After all, this is the same Thomas Jefferson who once said, “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”

    Hey, they’re cartoonists, not historians. Give them a break!


  • Sky__Captain

    Apparently these cartoonists lack any sort of logic about the US Constitution.
    By demanding action against the 2nd Amendment, do they not realize the setup is there for demanding action against the 1st Amendment – which is their own protection for their careers?

    One could also argue that the cartoonists should stick to drawing cartoons, not demanding political action. Just ask the Dixie Chicks about taking political stances instead of singing.

    • jim_m

      Their assumption is that when the 1st amendment is removed, that they will be the only ones allowed to voice their government approved opinions. What they expect is that everyone else will be gagged and not them.

    • JWH

      Uh-huh. And what do you think a political cartoonist does for a living?

    • Commander_Chico

      I agree with your point about the 2nd Amendment protecting the 1st Amendment.

      One of the reasons I agree with your first point is your second point. Um, don’t political cartoonists demand political action by definition? The Dixie Chicks had more balls than most men.

      • herddog505

        Yep, because saying bad things about George Bush entails so much risk in that hardcore bastion of Republicans, the entertainment industry.

        • jim_m

          Here I will at least partially agree with Chico. The Dixie Chicks do have more balls than most liberal men, including Chica himself. I figure that he was speaking from his own personal knowledge of the truth of the matter,

    • herddog505

      Nobody ever accused liberals of being very smart.

  • LiberalNightmare

    Ted Rall is still alive?

    • jim_m

      I know. It’s hard to tell with the ones that have no souls.

  • Commander_Chico

    Ted Rall I will never forgive for his smear on Pat Tillman. Trudeau has done some excellent work about and supporting veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

    Spiegelman is a “well known critic of [the] USA???” We can’t have that now, can we?

    Tom Tomorrow is spot-on almost all of the time, especially when satirizing guys like Warner.

    Edition 453 of Warner complaining about people disagreeing with him.

  • Why should the opinion of a cartoonist be considered more important than the opinion of a non-cartoonist?

  • Bloomberg is a tool, and most people with an ounce of common sense knows it. Let him blow his money. The more of this crap that he does, the more desperate he appears to be.

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  • SteveCrickmore075

    Haven’t we had enough talk about the sovereignty, wisdom and perispacacity of the second amendment, on this site? How about a little talk on the third amendment, “No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law” or the fourth amendment, which refers to the protection of the slave trade within the US. It is for it!!/articles/5/essays/130/prohibition-on-amendment-slave-trade.. I imagine if Congress had tried to restrict that, Huston would be howling with protest.

  • westcoastwiser

    Wait, wait, wait: the Admenstruation has their lead spokesCF leading their offending position… Vice Prubescent Joke Biden is their chief burper!