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Crazy NRA Board Meeting!

There’s been lots of news about the non-profit National Rifle Association’s recent  money troubles – from a $200,000 wardrobe budget for the NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre, to a $1,000,000 annual salary for spokesperson Dana Loesch. Infighting forced NRA president Oliver North out of his presidency, after North allegedly blackmailed LaPierre – and there’s an investigation by New York state that might take away the NRA’s tax exempt status, insuring the organization’s demise. So many egos! (I’m guessing that Oliver North is the good guy in the mess, trying to save the NRA from itself.) Here’s my cartoon!

Notice how they are in mirror image positions? When I do something like that I’m bound to get an email from somebody saying “Wayne LaPierre isn’t left handed!” Also, did anyone notice that I only drew the gun and the hand holding it once, and duplicated it another seven times in Photoshop? So lazy. And where’s all the blood?

Here are some of my recent NRA favorites. The first one is by New Zealand cartoonist, Chris Slane, who is one of my favorites!

This one is by our newest syndicate cartoonist, Dave Whamond.


And this one is by my buddy, Bill Schorr.

Here are some gun oldies I drew back in 1995 for my TRUE! cartoon panel. These are really true, at least they were in 1995.

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29 Year Old Oddity

I was going through my old files and I came across this oddity from 1989, about President Reagan’s Iran-Contra scandal …

This is odd because I didn’t have a job as a political cartoonist until 1996, seven years later. I was a toy inventor and designer back in 1989 and I don’t remember drawing this; I remember the news, though.

Colonel Oliver North, the Fox News pundit and the newest president of the NRA, was convicted for his role in secretly selling arms to Iran (which was under an arms embargo) to fund the “Contra” rebels  in Nicaragua. There was a lot of speculation about Reagan pardoning North and others involved at the very end of his term in January 1989, but in the end North got a light sentence with no jail time and Reagan was off the hook on the politically difficult “pocket pardon” decision. The next president George H. W. Bush, handed out a batch of pardons, including one to frequent cable news pundit Elliot Abrams –the faces in the news don’t change much.

According to Wikipedia:  In the end, fourteen administration officials were indicted, including then-Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. Eleven convictions resulted, some of which were vacated on appeal. The rest of those indicted or convicted were all pardoned in the final days of the presidency of George H. W. Bush, who had been Vice President at the time of the affair.

President Reagan was off the political hook because people thought he didn’t know what was going on –in other words “no collusion,” at least not on the part of the president. Reagan, and later George H. W. Bush, refused to declassify documents, making prosecutions difficult. Presidents are in a powerful position to stymie investigations into their own government’s officials.

All of this is to say that the past looks a lot like the present. Nicaragua and Iran are still ugly messes. Our President Trump, who may be as clueless as Reagan was, is making investigations difficult and threatening pardons.

I like drawing Reagan; maybe I came to this profession a few years too late.