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GUNCRAZY: The Banality Of Evil*

Illustration by ALEX FINE

“I wanted to draw something more to do with Holmes’ mental illness and less to do with Batman so I came up with this image.  It just struck me how normal he looked as a teen and how — with the way the gun lawa are currently structured — seemingly normal people can buy assault weapons and kill you any time they feel like it. And, according to the latest Gallup Poll, we like it this way”. – ALEX FINE

THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS KILLED BY GUNFIRE SINCE 9/11: 281,757 [SOURCE: Politifact]

THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS KILLED BY TERRORISM SINCE 9/11: 33 [SOURCE: Think Progress]

*Banality of evil is a phrase coined by Hannah Arendt in the title of her 1963 work Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.[1] Her thesis is that the great evils in history generally, and the Holocaust in particular, were not executed by fanatics or sociopaths, but by ordinary people who accepted the premises of their state and therefore participated with the view that their actions were normal.

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