Gary Varvel by Gary Varvel

Gary Varvel

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  1. libsmasher

    libsmasher said, over 2 years ago

    It’s great when the Democrat party runs with this meme since it always hurts them at the polls. The average citizen despises gun-grabbers, and many understand that if you were born in the U.S., gun ownership is a birthright, since the Bill of Rights specifies it on a list of things that government cannot take away.

    Leftists believe that this right comes from government, when the founders explicitly stated that it comes from our Creator. This tends to trip the average liberal up – they have a problem grasping the concept of government serving (not controlling) the people, and their proclivity toward immorality makes many of them abhor the idea of a Creator.

    It’s difficult for the Democrat party to represent most of the American population with such views, hence their failures when trying to punish the entire population for the bad actions of a few.

  2. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 2 years ago

    “…the option to modify their weapons to full-auto.”

    I think if you do a little research, you will find that it is neither cheap nor easy to modify or even own an automatic weapon. (c/BATF)

  3. jeffrey cartwright

    jeffrey cartwright GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Thank You For a More Realistic View of a Proud Multi-Million Member Group of Americans.

  4. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 2 years ago

    And Hollywood creates the perception.

  5. magicwalnut

    magicwalnut GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @libsmasher

    God has given us the right to own guns??
    You’ve GOT to be kidding!!!!!!!

  6. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 2 years ago

    Would-be mass shooters will be stopped at one victim.
    Then themselves, of course.

  7. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 2 years ago

    @magicwalnut

    “you’ve GOT to be kidding!!!!”
    this with respect ot libsmasher’s post.

    Satire, plain and simple. At a certain point it became obvious his tongue was firmly in his cheek with the over the top post.

  8. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 2 years ago

    @ConserveGov

    I wish I could believe you.

    Picture, if you will, a darkened movie theater. The movie starts with loud music and action. Suddenly, a person dressed head to foot in Kevlar stands up and starts shooting indiscriminately.

    Several armed citizens stand up, locked and loaded, ready to take down the Kevlar criminal. But where is he? It’s dark, and people are running around and screaming. Suddenly the lights come up, and several people realize that they could easily be mistake for the original shooter. Who shoots at whom in that situation? Same when the police arrive and find a dozen or so people with guns drawn: who do you shoot? Who do you arrest? And, in the time it takes to assess the situation, the original shooter has left the area. Someone please explain to me how additional armed people will help this situation.

    Or let’s take an example less hypothetical: what about the man who was shot dead in New Orleans because an off-duty police officer didn’t realize he was shooting at two fleeing would-be car-jackers?

    More people with guns may make you more safe in a home break-in, but there are many situations where this will cause more confusion, and potentially more injuries and death.

    Nothing is as simple as the black-and-white default arguments on either side.

    Personally, I do not feel safer when I see someone demonstrating their right to open carry. I recognize I have to trust others to stay on their side of the road, for example. It’s hard enough to do that. But when a stranger shows up with a gun, I am being asked to assume that person is sane, calm, and trustworthy. I do not have that trust. If you do, more power to you.

    I agree that gun owners are demonized more than they deserve. The same can be said for those who recognize that guns are used for killing, and that anytime there are weapons around the odds of getting killed increase.

    This does not mean I am for confiscation, although that’s the foregone conclusion from many who enjoy gun ownership. I think, if we would take the time to stop shouting and start listening, we’d find that we all can agree that there are certain people who should not be allowed access to weapons. The big question should be how to keep them from getting them, while allowing rational sane people to feel as though they can defend themselves and/or hunt and/or shoot for sport.

  9. Nohwear

    Nohwear said, over 2 years ago

    Really its the same problem facing any large group. The most attention gets payed to the small extreme part, to the point that MOST people come to think of the nutters as representative of the whole. The real sad part is that those who are victims of this are often guilty of applying it to other groups themselves.

  10. Typesbad

    Typesbad said, over 2 years ago

    On the right is an individual NRA contributor, on the left is a manufacturer-serving NRA

  11. acsdaddy

    acsdaddy GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    The reality is that the NRA will defend either one of those scenarios.

  12. mwbarr

    mwbarr GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @libsmasher

    Actually, “the average citizen” despises killers who run rampant over others’ rights with easily-obtained guns, bought without background checks.

    Not wanting to be shot by some moron with an illegal gun? That’s not a “proclivity toward immorality,” that’s a proclivity toward individual rights.

  13. mwbarr

    mwbarr GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    BTW, doesn’t the guy on the right look a lot like Cliven Bundy…?

  14. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Sorry, Gary, but at our recent gun show, in our local gun club, and in the Democratic Gun Owners Caucus I belong to, as a gun owner and concealed carry permit holder, the strong NRA backers ARE the guys in the left drawing, and the responsible, reasoned, GUN OWNERS are the ones to the right, and they definitely do NOT wear NRA labels. If the NRA was about rifles, sport shooting, and hunting, as it used to be, instead of defending military style weapons, armor piercing ammunition, and other “nut stuff” in unregulated civilian hands, things might be different.


    It’s “interesting” that NRA says on the one hand, punish people who use guns illegally, but then in the same breath say, don’t do anything truly effective to keep them from getting those guns in the first place! And anyone who thinks they need more than five rounds in a rifle to go hunting, or more than 12 rounds in a pistol magazine to defend themselves in any CIVILIAN situation, shouldn’t be “packing” in the first place. When two of our local cops some years ago, each emptied THREE full clips at a guy who fired a .22 pistol at them, and missed, and they never hit the guy either, less than 30 feet away from them, I questioned THEIR training as well. The guy, btw, put his second round fired from his revolver, in his own head, ending the standoff, that killed a service station, several used cars on a lot, and a defenseless building across the street in yet a different direction. (by police bullets)

  15. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Molon: you might want to review the L.A. Bank of America standoff between robbers and cops, the “bad guys” had automatic weapons, and full body armor. You might also check out the dozens of “gang banger drive-bys” occurring almost daily around the country involving automatic, not just semi-auto weapons. The actual fact is however, a semi-auto weapon with a big magazine is MUCH more effective than an automatic, for actually taking folks down, not just keeping their heads down, in an actual field situation.


    The horrible lesson at Gallipoli wasn’t so much the dominance of the machine gun, as the stupidity of military “leadership”. Such wave invasions are not what you see on the streets, so like on Omaha beach years later, lining folks up and running them toward machine guns has mass casualty effects. From the Revolutionary war, through the Civil War, to Iraq and Afghanistan, it is the sniper who’s had the most targeted, and effective, role in changing history: Lee Harvey Oswald is also an example.

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