Dr. Seuss, Automatic Weapons, and Art


By Michael K. Dorr and Evan Schwartz




Like the anarchic menace that underlies the unexpected and uncontrollable nature of Dr. Seuss’s Thing One and Thing

Two, massshootings (in which four or more people, selected indiscriminately and not including the perpetrator, are

killed) have erupted since theslaughter at Columbine in April 1999 like a plague of boils across America, from schools

and churches to shopping malls and movie theaters, thirty-five and counting.  Not even the nightmare deaths of twenty

first-graders have compelled us to rethink our country’s enduring relationship with guns.  And if we are anticipating the

return of the Cat in the Hat to box up chaos and set all things right, we will be awaiting his arrival for a very long time. 


Then Those Things Ran About  Evan Schwartz, Acrylic, paint marker, acetate, foamcore, wooden blocks, and resin on cvanvas, (40"x31"), 2016.


On December 14, 2012 twenty-year-old Adam Lanza entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton,

Connecticut, and, courtesy of automatic weapons, executed twenty children between six and seven years old and

seven adults (six staff and ,earlier that morning, his mother) before ending his  troubled  life.  Thus ended the deadliest

mass shooting in and at a grade school or high school in U.S. History (for now).

The immediate horror sparked a renewed call for sensible gun control legislation, but despite the sound and fury, it

signified nothing.  All attempts at such efforts failed to garner enough votes in the NRA-controlled Congress, and the

parents of children so senselessly slaughtered know all too well who loses.

This artwork seeks to suggest the anarchic intrusion of such gun-generated violence and the resulting unexpected

chaos that reigns supreme, especially in the children's expression of eternal dismay.  The presence of automatic

weapons (the Things' heads transformed into classic gangster Tommy guns) is another nod to a day that should never

have been and that never had to be.


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