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It's Guns and Moses at Cartoon Confab

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It's Guns and Moses at Cartoon Confab

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Charlton Heston takes shots at editorial cartoonists who draw anti-NRA 'propaganda.' Several artists return fire.

Charlton Heston came to the land of lakes to address a Red Sea of editorial cartoonists. Actually, the Moses actor-turned-National Rifle Association president doesn't think all editorial cartoonists are communists, but he does feel many take unfair potshots at the NRA and its members.

"The 80 million gun owners in this country -- almost a third of the U.S. population -- are portrayed as criminals, kooks, and hicks," Heston said. "This crosses the line from political cartoons to comic- strip propaganda."

He cited one cartoon showing the "last surviving NRA member" standing over dead bodies and another picturing the gun lobby as the devil. "Ha- ha," Heston said sarcastically.

"All of you in this room have enormous power to shape public opinion," he told attendees at the annual Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) convention. "Be true to your tradition of questioning conventional wisdom, not following the pack. Do in your cartoons what the AAEC did for me tonight: at least give every side a hearing. Fight fair."

Editorial cartoonist Mike Thompson of the Detroit Free Press and Copley News Service asked why the NRA feels "the right to bear arms is more important" than the rights of Columbine students and others not to be killed by guns. …

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