A political cartoon by Kansas City Star cartoonist Lee Judge that ran in Wednesday's edition of the Charlotte Sun Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla., has angered a number of people who say the timing of the cartoon disrespects the shooting murder of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who was laid to rest at the Texas State Cemetery on Tuesday.
The cartoon shows a tombstone marked "American Sniper," a reference to Kyle's book.
"If there had only been a good guy with a gun around," the caption says.
An article at BizPac Review called it an obvious "jab at Second Amendment advocates’ insistence that 'good guys with guns' are the best way to stop crazy shooters."
"The timing of such commentary was a classless act that disrespected Kyle’s family and all who’ve served their country," Tom Tillison wrote.
The cartoon is the work of Kansas City Star cartoonist Lee Judge, who originally published the cartoon on Feb. 9, three days before Kyle's memorial service at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Tex., and appears in Judge's archive.
A post at Twitchy took the cartoonist to task for the editorial, saying it "echoes a ghoulish gun-grabbing tweet sent by Mother Jones editor Clara Jeffery," who used Kyle's murder to advocate for gun control measures.
"So much for good/talented guy with a gun being able to stop mentally ill guy with a gun," she tweeted.
Kyle was shot and killed in early February at a gun range outside Fort Worth, Texas. A suspect in the shooting, 25-year-old Eddie Routh, a Marine veteran reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, was arrested after a short pursuit.
After news broke of Kyle's murder, liberals took to the social media site Twitter to mock and celebrate his death.
Over 7,000 -- including Sarah Palin -- attended his memorial service earlier this week. No one from the administration attended the service, and the president did not mention Kyle's murder in Tuesday's State of the Union speech, but did mention other victims of gun crime.