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Type of Anti-gunner: Individual Cartoonist syndicated
Name: Jim Borgman
Why is this type of person, or this person specifically a threat?
Cartoons and graphic design are powerful ways to distribute underlying meaning and strong sentiments without alienating viewers as heavily. Jim Borgman has a definite slant against firearms in general. But it’s not as prominent as some of the other cartoonists – at least not currently.
His real strength is taking pot shots with a lot of power behind them, because when you look at the subject he is detailing in a specific cartoon, he has a justified stance in many cases, despite the topic or joke being anti-gun. For instance joking about the effectiveness of “hopes and prayers” or about the flip/flop stances of the NRA, sometimes hits a bit too close to home for gun rights activists, as they often cannot find many ways to counter such arguments.
Rating on how anti gun the person/entity is:
Seems credible to a mainstream observer, and can have impact on them by making public statements.
How long has this person or entity been in public view?
He has less of a viewership now that he isn’t weekly in the Washington Post (Wonk City from 1994-1996), but the internet and a bit of marketing work can yield many more views than old media ever did – Jim Borgman is still a well-known well-respected cartoonist. He won’t fade from public view if he can maintain his edginess. He’s been drawing in a syndicated form since before 1980 – he was the editorial cartoonist at the Cincinnati Enquirer from 1976 to 2008, when Gannett bought out the company..
Notable quotes/Initiatives or legislation/proposed legislation
His statement is the platform he has for creating graphical media.
Does his own thing, but has a lot of influence and commands a good price for work. He keeps it close to the vest in “retirement”.
He interestingly isn’t as vocal on guns as he once was, despite living in Boulder, and drawing daily. Jim Borgman caters to the reddit community better than the Gun-rights people do. And isn’t that the overall trend in content absorption on the internet currently anyways (sort digestible, relatable content)? He could be dangerous if left unchecked.
He still has a syndicated multi-nationally distributed cartoon platform (“Zits”); and he is relatively savvy at online marketing. He gets plenty of anger from more conservative gun-folks in public facing forums (Get off my lawn – I’m old and I’m going to rant about things that are relatively inconsequential!).