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Chris Ware unveils Newtown shooting 'New Yorker' cover

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Chris Ware has unveiled his New Yorker cover inspired by the Newtown shooting.

The Building Stories creator also shared his thoughts on the attack, which took place on December 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School and left 27 students and staff members dead.

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"On December 14, I helped chaperone my daughter's second-grade-class field trip to a local production of The Nutcracker, where I spent most of my time not watching the ballet but marvelling at the calm efforts of the teacher to keep the yelling, excited class quieted down," the cartoonist wrote on the magazine's website.

"Teaching was not, I concluded at one point, a profession in which I could survive for even one day. Our buses came back to the school at midafternoon, and I and the other volunteer parents left our children for another hour of wind-down time (for us, not them) before returning for the regular 3pm pickup.

"I came home, however, not to any wind-down but to the unfolding coverage of the Newtown shooting.

"Shaken to the core, I returned to the school, where a grim quiet bound myself and the other parents together, the literally unspeakable news sealing our smiles while, at a lower strata, our happy, screaming children ran out of the building into our arms still frothed up by sparkling visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy."

Ware was critical of the response of the NRA to the shooting, as well as the US government's budget cuts to already suffering schools.

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