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Arthur, King of Time and Space


A reader has written to say that yesterday's gag was inappropriate in the context of the top news story of the week. Certainly it's possible that running that gag was the result of bad judgment. I went all day Wednesday without coming up with a gag, and finally about 20:00 CDT (an hour before update window opens at 02:00 GMT) I went looking for a gag from my old fanfiction website I could redraw for Thursday. When I redraw here a gag that's in the archive there I remove it from the site's archive index links, which I prefer not to do, so first I look through gags once posted there not currently archived. But no joy. Then a neighbor stopped by, and it was 22:00 or almost before I started looking through the gags archived there for one to redraw here. The gag I ended up choosing was the first one in the archive that I thought could be transferred and that I thought I could draw at all well at ten at night. So I drew it, and removed it from the other site's archive index (it's still there but, as described above, no longer linked). I recall feeling that the vague topicality was an added bonus. But that was the end of the day and I was tired and I might have been insensitive. I'm sorry if I offended anyone; I'm here to entertain. (But I don't believe in "depublishing" and I'm not going to remove the cartoon.)

The subject being brought up, however, I'm compelled to propagate what I believe are the two most important ideas in discussion of the event.

  • The actions of the shooter were planned with deliberation. If guns had not been available he'd've found another way. The gun control issue is irrelevant to the discussion of this event because greater gun control could not have prevented what happened.
  • What could have prevented it was the psychological and psychiatric programs to which the shooter was subjected. Obviously they didn't, but you and I haven't any way of knowing how many people there are who, subjected to the same programs, have come away helped and functional. No system is perfect and every system has its unpredictable misses alongside its hits, and by their very nature there's nothing we can do about them except keep a level head when they happen.

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Arthuriana sources I use or recommend:
Arthurian Legend
Arthuriana - the Journal of Arthurian Studies; the website of the quarterly journal of the North American Branch of the International Arthurian Society.
The Camelot Project at the University of Rochester.
Camelot In Four Colors: A Survey of the Arthurian Legend in Comics
Mystical-WWW - The Arthurian A2Z knowledge Bank which has encyclopedically-arranged entries on the characters of the Arthurian legends.
Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table, Volume 1 and Volume 2.

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