Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. davidblack

    davidblack said, almost 6 years ago

    Is that figure correct? 270,000? I can’t believe that!

  2. mrbribery

    mrbribery said, almost 6 years ago

    I’m sure illegal aliens think just like we do.

    Why else would they fly here?

  3. rayannina

    rayannina said, almost 6 years ago

    @davidblack: I think that figure is accurate.

  4. palos

    palos said, almost 6 years ago

    We have met the enemy, and he is us?

  5. pbarnrob

    pbarnrob said, almost 6 years ago

    But of course, they are the source (carefully camouflaged) of all the better new high-tech gadgetry - especially the Really Top Secret stuff…

  6. 443123

    443123 said, almost 6 years ago


  7. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, almost 6 years ago

    Yes, about a thousand people a week are killed in the United States by someone using a gun.

    Mostly these are suicides, or folks killed by family members or people they know. Most of the people pulling the triggers have no previous criminal record, or at least no felony convictions.

    Amateurs with guns are more likely to be shot than those without guns when encountering criminals. Having a gun can make you cocky and defending yourself can get you killed. Unfortunately, you never know if THIS guy only wants your wallet, or is one of the smaller number of crooks who won’t stop at that if you don’t stop him. But if no one defended himself or his property, and these days with police budgets being slashed everywhere …

    What some gun advocates want is to privatize law enforcement. I have heard it seriously maintained that if every citizen could defend himself, you would hardly need a police force. Riiiiiight!

    Even if this were true, it is positively feudal or Darwinian in its implications: those who for any reason aren’t able to defend themselves will just have to suffer, or place themselves under the protection of some more warlike person who is able to protect them. If every person carried a gun, the only safe way to rob people is to sneak up behind them, shoot them in the head, and then take their wallets (and their guns). And you could then carry your gun without it drawing attention to yourself , too. A fine state of affairs.

    In the old wild wild west, law-abiding honest citizens deplored the wide-open town. As soon as possible, they tried to establish law and order. And that usually meant that no one was permitted to carry a gun while in town. Turned them in at the sherriff’s office when you got to town and pick them up when you leave.

    The gun-toting line of men at the saloon bar was the exception, found in towns not yet properly established, rather than the rule, as Hollywood would have it. It was a passing phase, not the nature of society.

    We now live captive to our own myths.

  8. Lewreader

    Lewreader said, almost 6 years ago

    Wait until the Greenies publish how many die as a result of automobiles, directly in accidents and indirectly through pollution and road rage. Remember, cars don’t kill people, unenforced laws do. We already have enough laws, registration and licencing.Keep the cars out of the hands of drunks, and people with cell phones..

  9. Thirdguy

    Thirdguy said, almost 6 years ago

    Chikuku, the total number of dead on 9/11 was 2,996. Taking away the 19 hijackers it is still 2,977. One needs to remember the 246 passengers and crew from all four flights, and the 125 victims from the Pentegon.

  10. Ensoh

    Ensoh said, almost 6 years ago

    The difference between terrorism and Darwinism.

  11. Indyvice

    Indyvice said, almost 6 years ago

    Chikuku - I suppose we can always protect ourselves with sharpened pencils that the 1st amendment guarantees us. It is interesting how the same proponents of gun bans are the same folks who man the picket lines defending abortions. I wonder how many lives of been lost there. Its nice to know none of us live in glass houses, right?

  12. PossumPete

    PossumPete said, almost 6 years ago

    ^ Superior alien technology.

  13. Sandfan

    Sandfan said, almost 6 years ago

    Gun control attitudes are akin to religious beliefs, and arguing them in this forum is a pointless, albeit entertaining, exercise in futility.

    As for the two wars, one would do well to remember the conditions in Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban and in Iraq under the rule of Saddam Hussein. There was much editorial hand-wringing over both situations, yet when action was taken recriminations were immediate.

    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

  14. woowie

    woowie said, almost 6 years ago

    I’m from an alien family, i.e. German and Ukrainian. We learned English because we knew and respected that was the language of this great country we had immigrated to. And, we became citizens so that we could rightly participate and enjoy all aspects of this country’s society. However, now, those of us in my generation are being blamed for the slavery that existed long before we even came to this country, are being accused of being racist because we are fair-skinned, and are being accused of being Nazi’s because we do not know Spanish. Huh? Whhrrr-does not compute, is right! But, I’ll have some of that coffee!

  15. Kingoswald

    Kingoswald GoComics PRO Member said, almost 6 years ago

    With respect, woowie, it sounds like you didn’t leave all of your prejudices behind in the old countries.

    An alien? My wife is from German and Hungarian backgrounds (second generation) but has never thought of herself as anything but American …

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