Though we all hoped it wasn’t going to happen, we pretty much knew it would. It was just a matter of who and how long would they wait. How long until some liberals took the pain and suffering surrounding the carnage in Las Vegas last Sunday and leveraged it into a despicable, distasteful, anti-Second Amendment, gun-control agenda promoting, over-the-top, insensitive disgrace?
We now have our answer. About four days. (Not including Hillary Clinton’s “silencer” tweet).
A newspaper in Bernie Sanders’ home state, the Bennington Banner of Bennington Vermont, has run (and now retracted) what could be the most disgusting cartoon in the history of disgusting cartoons.
Looking more like something that would be drawn by a third grader, the “art,” created by Randall Enos, depicted piled up dead bodies beneath Vegas’ well-know marketing catch phrase “Whatever happens in Vegas….”
How’s this for more yucks than a barrel of monkeys:
The blow back from the tasteless cartoon was swift and powerful, so much so that the publisher of the cartoon was forced to issue an apology on Facebook. Sort of. Here’s how the retraction begins:
To our readers:
Publishing the cartoon by Randall Enos in Tuesday’s Banner was not the right time or the right place, especially since Sunday’s night’s mass shooting hit so close to home for our readers and neighbors.
Was not the right time?? Ok, Bennington Banner, when IS it the right time to make fun of the the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history? Where IS the right place to depict the bodies of 59 dead and over 500 wounded? Yesterday the Banner was making fun of those slaughtered today they’re running a cover story about a local woman who was killed in the massacre.
But that wasn’t the end. Of course after trampling all over the feelings of the loved ones who are making funeral arrangements at this very moment, the Banner pulls out the “our prayers are with you card” and continues its faux apology:
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Sandy Casey, originally from East Dorset, Vermont, who are enduring grief beyond compare today. We apologize to them and others affected.
Our interpretation of Randall Enos’ cartoon was that little would be done with regard to gun control measures in the United States even after such an unprecedented tragedy. While we believe that is a conversation that needs to happen in this country, we must first mourn and honor the victims and provide comfort to their families and friends.
We regret publishing the cartoon.
For all other inquiries on the cartoon, we would direct them to Cagle Cartoons, which distributes Randall Enos’ work.
Executive Editor, New England Newspapers Inc.”
Our first reactions tend to portray what’s truly in our hearts. It’s clear that mourning first, lobbying for the ramming through of more gun control legislation second, is not what the folks at the Banner are all about. No one with a modicum of decency would ever have published this disgusting cartoon in the first place.
One can only image the reaction from HuffPo and everyone else if Sean Hannity had done this same thing. But (not) surprisingly HuffPo, New York Times and the rest didn’t seem to notice this story. Once again its liberals and they can get away with it. A cheesy apology and “oops, our bad” and all is well and forgotten. Standards – it’s nice when you’ve got one set for yourselves another for everyone else.
[NOTE: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn, Founder and Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives, and a speaker, author, columnist and analyst for multiple print and broadcast media outlets. Follow him on Facebook and at RMBlackConservatives.com.]