Cartoon misrepresented NRA policy
Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 06:00 am
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I found the editorial cartoon from page 17 of last Wednesday's Gazette to be disturbing. Satirizing current events is one thing, but misrepresenting them is completely another. At no time in their history has the National Rifle Association recommended giving firearms to six-year-old children. Nothing in any of their recent press releases changes their long-standing position that guns are not for children. There is enough misinformation in the gun control debate without this inaccurate cartoon adding more fuel to the fire.
As journalists, you have a public responsibility to provide accurate information in your publications, satirical or otherwise. If you want to make fun of the NRA, by all means feel free, but you need to restrict yourself to satirizing what they actually said or did. Your cartoon implies accuracy where none exists.
Lucas Moskaluk, St. Albert