They did what they could. They drew.
Editorial cartoonists drew from the heart as the mass shootings they so often have to convey hit close to home.
"Journalists are honorable people and I am very proud to be a member of this community," wrote New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly, who drew the image atop this story from her phone.
"We stand with our brothers & sisters at the @capgaznews," wrote Pat Bagley, president of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists. "Journalism is the only profession specifically protected in the Constitution, yet our lives are under daily threat these days from those who would silence inconvenient facts & informed opinions."
Here are how a few AAEC members represented the tragedy in Maryland. J.D. Crowe of the Alabama Media Group (below, used with permission) took the we-are-them approach that cartoonists used after the mass shooting at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January 2015.
Clay Bennett of the Chattanooga Times Free Press took another approach.
Joel Pett of the Lexington Herald-Leader reflected the debate over "fake news."
Cartoonist Steve Artley took a similar approach:
Bob Englehart envisioned another front page, commemorating the fallen.
Brutal: The Philadelphia Inquirer's Signe Wilkinson with a different take on a Letter to the Editor.
From Marshall Ramsey of the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss.:
From John Cole of the Scranton Times/Tribune:
And Uncle Sam, from Steve Breen of the San Diego Union-Tribune: