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Cartoonist, Brady Campaign Release Gun Violence Animation

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has added an animated featurette to its "Shoot First Law" website. The animation offers award-winning artist Mark Fiores take on the Florida law, which took effect Oct. 1 and allows people to use deadly force in public. The animation is available for viewing at www.shootfirstlaw.org.

Legislation similar to the Florida law has been introduced in Michigan, Alabama, Mississippi and Pennsylvania. The Brady Campaign's efforts to educate arriving tourists at Florida's two largest airports continues, with workers distributing leaflets urging visitors to use caution and avoid arguments while they are visiting.

Fiore's work appears regularly in a wide variety of online news websites. After a short stint at the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS as their staff cartoonist creating traditional political cartoons, Fiore fled the print world in 2001 to devote all of his energies to creating animated work.

Fiore was recently awarded a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and has also received an Online Journalism Award from the Online News Association and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He has also won two awards from the National Cartoonists Society for his work in new media.

As the nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence, the Brady Campaign, working with its dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters, is devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.

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