Bill Day is an American cartoonist best known for his syndicated editorial cartoons. Day has won numerous industry awards, and has also been involved in controversy over his opposition to the National Rifle Association and advocacy of gun control, and over his reuse of his own previously drawn material.
Day attended the University of Florida, where he studied political science.
It was at this time that he first began drawing political cartoons.
Day has won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award twice (in 1985, and in 2010), the National Cartoonists Society's award for best editorial cartoon in 1996, and several other industry awards.
Day's cartoons are syndicated nationally and internationally by Daryl Cagle's company Cagle Cartoons.
After being laid-off by the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Day struggled with odd jobs and nearly lost his home. Cagle launched an Indiegogo campaign to help Day, and supporters contributed $42,264 in support of the cartoonist.
A recurring subject in Day's cartoons is gun control in America.
He has drawn many cartoons advocating the need for more gun control and criticizing the National Rifle Association (NRA).
On September 18, 2013, in reference to the Washington Navy Yard shooting, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) tweeted one of Day's anti-NRA cartoons, which featured a gun with the words "NRA" along with the U.S. Capital and Washington Monument attached to it.
The cartoon and tweets drew an angry response from the right, including Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who called the tweets "despicable" and said Cohen was trying to "exploit the mass murder for political reasons."
"Bill Day is one of the great cartoonists, and is one of my friends and constituents. He’s been doing a series on gun violence and how it’s affected America," Cohen said on MSNBC. "I wanted to get Bill Day’s cartoon out there in the marketplace of ideas, and I think there definitely is a connection between the NRA and the continuing gun culture that we have."