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Mike Lester

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  1. Kylie2112

    Kylie2112 said, almost 4 years ago


  2. Movingsound

    Movingsound GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Hmmmm for or against?

  3. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 4 years ago

    This was a sad story . If he had not had a gun, would he have used a knife or baseball bat, or…..?
    Gun control is an important issue. Extended magazine clips, fully automatic weapons, AK 47s and other powerful military weapons have no place in civilian life. Sadly, the gun used by the football player was bought legally.
    I have no problem with guns, I do have problems with some gun owners, and while I own guns myself, they are stored in their cases with trigger locks. Guns don’t kill people, but they make it a lot easier for people who are upset to kill people. A better health care system with more mental health care for folks would save more lives than more gun control would, but that said…
    States like Virginia, my state of confusion, has many Gun Shows per year where guns can be bought, sold, and traded without the waiting period or background checks.
    Military grade weapons should be stringently regulated and no gun should be sold or traded without a background check, even if it is being sold by a private owner from a newspaper ad. The gun should be registered like a car and ownership likewise transferred.
    Guns make it easy to hurt many people quickly. I don’t want to ban guns, but I want it to be hard for the wrong people to have them.
    & Happy Holidayze,

  4. midaswelby

    midaswelby said, almost 4 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    As a gun owner, I would think you’d know the difference between a magazine and a clip, and know that fully automatic weapons are already illegal without an expensive license that’s more difficult to get.
    That aside, I fully agree that the existing laws should be enforced better, and any improvement that will help keep guns away from criminals without infringing on the rights of others should be investigated.
    I’m curious, though. In Virginia, gun purchases from dealers at gun shows do not require background checks and waiting periods? In Florida, the background check is performed before transferring the gun to a local FFL dealer for pickup after the waiting period. Perhaps Virgina should do the same.

  5. cjr53

    cjr53 said, almost 4 years ago

    Gross, disgusting and totally distorted view of reality. I’ve lived for 59 years without a gun. There really is not comparison between having a hand or both hands and having a gun.

  6. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, almost 4 years ago

    I’m in favor of sensible gun control laws. (e.g. Living in NYC I don’t think we need vigilantes running around with “legal” concealed weapons everywhere.) I’ll leave it up to the skeptics to google how NYC’s crime rate regarding guns has changed (compared to say Chicago) and how that’s changed neighborhoods like Harlem, where I live.
    But I’m cool with responsible people owning guns. It shouldn’t be any easier than getting a drivers license, for example. And participation in a “well-regulated” militia shouldn’t make people frothingly angry anytime any attempt is made to track and control assault weapons.
    That being said, this cartoon is disingenuous and plays on a tired old cliche. In the wrong hands, guns are more deadly than most any weapon and the cultural pressure to be a bada$$ mofo with a gun increases likelihood of danger.

  7. furnituremaker

    furnituremaker said, almost 4 years ago

    don’t need guns to be dangerous…lots of us old specfor guys running around who don’t need ’em…BUT…we have self-control

  8. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, almost 4 years ago

    It’s amazing how much fantastical thinking happens on both sides of this debate.
    The NRA posits that everyone should have a gun in every situation, somehow believing that should a deranged person with a gun attack, everyone else would be a perfectly rational responder able to assess the situation instantly and bring down the attacker easily and with no accidental shootings. This kind of “logic” belongs in an old Western movie, not in reality.
    On the other hand, the anti-gun lobby believes that if guns were outlawed on Thursday, the nation would be gun-free on Friday. Instead, what we’d likely have are unarmed law-abiding citizens being preyed upon by criminals desperate for cash to buy illegal firearms from Mexico so that they can keep ahead of their rivals. But decent people cowering in their homes for decades is “a small price to pay” for “a more civilized society”, I suppose.
    In case you haven’t figured it out, I’m all in favor of people being allowed firearms for personal protection and home defense- but I’m NOT in favor of turning the streets of Everycity, USA into another O.K. Corral where everyone’s got one hand on their shootin’ iron and one eye on the next guy, just daring him to draw steel.

  9. midaswelby

    midaswelby said, almost 4 years ago

    That’s in line with my experience, too. Individuals can sell their items to anyone, any time. No gun show needed. So why the focus on gun shows, I wonder?

  10. comsymp

    comsymp said, almost 4 years ago

    Of course, when it’s death by strangulation, you’ll rarely see a murder/suicide.

  11. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    C: This guy unfortunately slipped through the system because he hadn’t already committed a crime or been declared mentally unstable and refused ownership of firearms as a consequence. Personally I don’t believe in most Prohibition as an answer to abuse. History shows us It doesn’t work, never has and distracts from the real problems of abuse or criminality. It’s that Libertarian thing with me. BTW, any automatic weapon ownership entails an exhaustive federal background check and a $200 per weapon fee for ownership. It is rarely granted.

  12. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, almost 4 years ago

    He shot his girlfriend, then kissed her and said he was sorry.
    He kissed his baby, apologized to his mother, then went to the sports complex.
    He thanked two or 3 people for giving him a chance to play since he was undrafted.
    Then he shot himself.
    There was something wrong that I don’t think any law could have helped.

  13. Ketira shena Pretarasedrin

    Ketira shena Pretarasedrin said, almost 4 years ago


    However, I’ve noticed that many murderers shoot themselves just so they don’t have to go to jail or go through the legal system (esp. when it’s obvious that they’re the perpetrator). Does this mean that our legal system is flawed somehow? I’m not sure… but then, I’m not a lawyer either.

  14. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 4 years ago

    I think we can all agree, no matter what side of the debate we choose, that there are some people who should not have access to weapons. How to make that happen is the problem.

    Good luck to us all in the meantime.

  15. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    It’s impossible to strangle someone 100 yards away, but actually, most shooting homicides occur at separation distances under 10 feet! The mass shooting with large capacity weapons, DO occur at greater distances, typically.

    BTW, forts and Navy ships have “magazines” to store ammunition. Whenever I see folks bring up “magazine” vs “clip” it shows to me that they’ve never been “around” much. IN the military, and law enforcement, we used the term “clip” whether for sidearms, or rifles, it’s just faster to say. Yes, I know the M-1 Garand with the little brass “clip” to hold the rounds as they were inserted into the rifle magazine is a special tool, but trying to sound “educated” with this NRA straw argument, is simply proof of a lack of experience in the real world.

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