A Vermont newspaper issued an apology to readers on Wednesday after it received criticism for publishing a cartoon depicting victims of Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Kevin Moran, executive editor of New England Newspapers said on the Facebook page for the Bennington Banner that the paper was wrong to publish the cartoon by Randall Enos showing bodies stacked on top of each other. The caption read, "Whatever Happens in Vegas …"
Publishing the cartoon on Tuesday "was not the right time or the right place," Moran wrote, especially, he said, since one of the victims, Sandy Casey, was originally from East Dorset, Vermont.
He apologized to Casey's family and others affected, noting the are "enduring grief beyond compare today."
"Our interpretation of Randall Enos' cartoon was that little would be done with regard to gun control measures in the United States even after such an unprecedented tragedy," Moran said. "While we believe that is a conversation that needs to happen in this country, we must first mourn and honor the victims and provide comfort to their families and friends."
Enos' work is syndicated by Cagle Cartoons. The Las Vegas cartoon did not appear in the archives on Cagle's website Wednesday afternoon, though cartoons from Oct. 3 were on the site from other cartoonists.
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