Anti-Gunners – Jim Borgman

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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.

Associated players:

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”.

Activity trend-line:

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. 

Additional Notes:

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!).