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  1. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, over 3 years ago

    And Mac-10’s are machine pistols, not assault rifles.
    (Not that I’m being pedantic or anything..)

  2. BlueEyedCatMom

    BlueEyedCatMom said, over 3 years ago

    At least they’re doing a “criminal background check” on the order form.

  3. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, over 3 years ago

    Serious question: Do you folk in the USA have any form of background checking prior to single purpose weapon-of-death purchase at this time?

  4. skeeterhawk

    skeeterhawk said, over 3 years ago

    Ottodesu: In the late 1990s to 2002 I worked for a retailer that sold firearms. The customer had to fill out a federal form (ATF Form 4473) which practically asked for their complete biography.

    Then I had to review the form to make sure everything was filled out satisfactorily and call up the FBI’s NICs (National Instant Criminal) background check system and read off a good part of their bio. The agent at the other end usually put me on hold to ‘run it through their system.’ He/she usually replied in a few minutes with an approval or denial. I actually got denials. This one mean-looking guy had a ‘nice’ temper and really made my day.

    I believe the system is in place today. But what little I pay attention to in the political news lately gives me the impression that this system doesn’t exist.

  5. MarlowePI

    MarlowePI said, over 3 years ago

    skeeterhawk: It’s not that the system you describe doesn’t exist, it’s that it only exists for physical retail stores. There’s a loophole in the law (that Congress refused to close last week) that lets people buy guns online or at gun shows without any sort of background check whatsoever.

  6. chizzel

    chizzel said, over 3 years ago

    Where’s the shipping and handling charges?

  7. opuscroakus70

    opuscroakus70 said, over 3 years ago

    It’s amazing how many of these strips are still relevant today. (and Nick Rhodes is still rocking the eyeliner, if not the lipstick).

  8. Qiset

    Qiset said, over 3 years ago

    Ottodesu: no you can buy a car or a hammer just about anywhere without a background check. Both those items have killed more people, by-the-way.

  9. backhoebob

    backhoebob said, over 3 years ago


    No I’m afraid your wrong. When you buy a gun on line it has to be shipped to a FFL. Then you go pick up the gun and make out the 4473 . Then sometimes you cannot take the gun home till your checked out. The big fuss is all BS as the check is already in place. You buy a gun at one of our gun shows you have to be a member which means you have already had the back ground check. I’m just saying.

  10. opuscroakus70

    opuscroakus70 said, over 3 years ago


    The difference is that cars and hammers aren’t designed with the express purpose of efficiently killing dozens of people in the shortest time.

  11. neatslob

    neatslob said, over 3 years ago


    He said “single-purpose weapon of death”. Cars and hammers both have other primary purposes. Guns don’t.

  12. bmoriyam

    bmoriyam GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Qiset: You don’t get a lot of drive-by hammerings, however. And I’m pretty sure that most 2nd Amendment adherents are NOT members of a “well-organized militia” (unless they are card-carrying members of the KKK or the Friends of Timothy McVeigh). The U.S. HAS a well-organized militia — it’s called the National Guard. It also has police forces (local, state, and national). “Red Dawn” scenarios notwithstanding, no civilian “needs” an assault weapon.

  13. bmoriyam

    bmoriyam GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @Bruno Zeigerts: To be fair, the ad called the Billie-10 an assault gun, not an assault rifle…

  14. William Scott

    William Scott said, over 3 years ago


    It’s “well regulated militia” and it doesn’t mean the National Guard. A militia as defined by the government: all able bodied males at least 17 years of age but younger than 45 years of age. Obviously updated to include all adults and women now. Basically, anyone eligible for the draft would be considered part of the militia.

  15. joebaxter69

    joebaxter69 said, over 3 years ago


    Doesn’t change the fact that more people are killed by blunt objects than so called assault rifles. Also, so called assault rifles are not designed to kill anyone any faster than a pistol can. They simply fire one projectile when a person pulls the trigger. What the person aims at is not the guns fault it is the fault of the person who pulls the trigger and always will be.

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