1931 Cartoon Links Movies and Gun Violence

Sometimes, scrolling through classic political cartoons can offer unique insight of historic events. They also often comment on events and stories happening today with nearly as much relevance as they did when they first ran.

Here’s a cartoon drawn way back in 1931 by Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist Harold Talburt, who was the Chief Washington Cartoonist (when such a thing existed) for Scripps-Howard and the Washington Daily News. In his cartoon, Talburt laments the influence of gangster movies on the young.

I’m guessing many politicians would agree with Talburt’s cartoon, and see a parallel to today’s children being exposed to violence not only in film, but on TV and in video games.

By Daryl Cagle

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