The upcoming Dec. 14 issue of The New Yorker has a striking cover image that perfectly sums up Americans’ unhealthy obsession with guns and protecting “the right to bear arms.”
The illustration depicts a happy white couple buying guns and grenades in a supermarket along with their milk.
It sounds extreme, but that’s the point.
"What would it look like if I took America's obsession with firearms to its logical extreme?" cover artist Eric Drooker asked himself.
"The proliferation of guns and the too-easy access to military-grade weapons is not the only story in San Bernardino, but it's an appalling part of it," The New Yorker reportedly explained in reference to the artwork.
Just one week ago on Black Friday gun sales in the U.S. skyrocketed on the same day that a man opened fire at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado and less than a week before the mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA that left 14 innocent people dead.
Varying reactions to the cover have started floating around the internet, which is a sign that it’s obviously making a significant impact.
Some have also observed that the characters have a slight resemblance to gun advocate and GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio and his wife. (Although Drooker has not said he intentionally sketched them in the couple's image)
There are going to be people who argue in favor of guns no matter what, but that doesn't mean we should stop showing how they're negatively impacting this country.
This powerful cover is definitely serving as a catalyst for important conversations about America’s gun problem.
new yorker cover not quite shocking. standard in many areas of america. pic.twitter.com/Hiux3pzOUS— Oliver Willis (@owillis) December 4, 2015
Don't think any New Yorker cover ever affected me like the Sandy Hook one and there wasn't a gun on it.— Andrew Kreighbaum (@kreighbaum) December 4, 2015
Is it just me, or does the new New Yorker cover clearly depict Marco Rubio & his wife loading up on guns & grenades? pic.twitter.com/ZQbw39GU6n— Nick Kapur (@nick_kapur) December 4, 2015
hand grenades, guns, and milk all in the same place? what grocery stores do the editors of the New Yorker shop at???— Republican Blonde (@GOPBlondeshell) December 4, 2015
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