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Mike Lester

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 2 years ago

    Ha! Great toon Mike!

  2. Nohwear

    Nohwear said, over 2 years ago

    The solution is clear. Guns for everyone!

  3. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, over 2 years ago

    The more guns the better, happier and healthier the society.
    There are no statistics to back that claim, of course, just Lester Toon and the NRA.
    How’s about you ‘free speech’ types in the audience politely ask for some actual figures to back NRA ‘facts?’ And tell us what happens.

  4. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    In the specific instance of the cartoon, if the guy holding the newspaper were to reach for his gun, he’d likely be shot before he could even touch it. Having a gun means nothing when you’re caught by surprise and already at gun point.

  5. Archimedes

    Archimedes said, over 2 years ago


    murder rates #/100,000 vs gun rates civilian #/100 guns

    Highest murder rates by country

    Honduras 91.6 vs 6.2 (legal and illegal)
    El Salvador 69.2 vs 5.8 (legal and illegal)
    Venezulia 53.7 vs 10.7 (legal and illegal)
    Belize 41.4 vs 10.0 (legal and illegal)
    Jamaica 40.9 vs 8.1 (legal and illegal)

    By lowest murder rate is much harder as reporting is iffy for many—can not believe them, for example Hong Kong, does anyone believe a .2/100,000 murder rate there? So I have taken the lowest rates among those whose numbers are somewhat believable.

    Japan .3 vs .6
    Austria .6 vs 30.4
    Slovenia .7 vs 13.5
    Switzerland .7 vs 45.7
    Czech Rep. .8 vs 16.3

    The countries with the five highest murder rates ALL had gun ownership rates lower than four of the five countries with the lowest murder rates.

    US for comparison

    4.8 murders per 100,000 and 101 guns per 100 people

    There’s your numbers.


  6. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Those are the “edited” numbers in your “opinion”. Not that it makes any difference. There are so many other factors involved that a simplistic approach proves little.

  7. Archimedes

    Archimedes said, over 2 years ago

    No I never said that but the argument is that guns make a country less safe and the numbers do not say that Here look at it this way

    Highest gun ownership vs murder rate.
    United States 101/100 vs 4.2/100,000
    Serbia 58.2 vs 1.2
    Yemen 54.8 vs 4.2
    Switzerland 45.7 vs 0.7
    Finland 45.3 vs 2.2
    The United States is first in gun ownership and 103 in murder rate among reporting countries.

  8. Archimedes

    Archimedes said, over 2 years ago

    These are not murder rates by gun these are overall murder rates.

  9. Archimedes

    Archimedes said, over 2 years ago

    @Ted Lind

    You are of course correct, but those that wish to limit gun ownership make NO complex arguments, there position is GUNS BAD.


  10. Archimedes

    Archimedes said, over 2 years ago

    Doubtless you are correct but I was responding to the comment by wmconnelly above who asked for data which I then provided. I have no problem with background checks—though not government list of gun owners, I agree that the mentally unstable should be precluded from owning firearms. I do not think limiting the firepower makes any sense as the amount of the firepower is not the issue.


  11. Kevin Robinson

    Kevin Robinson said, over 2 years ago


    More people are killed by cars, trucks and motorcycles (suicides) every year than are killed by firearms. its is almost a 2 to 1 ratio but no one is yelling about getting vehicles off the street. cars just like guns need a human to make them deadly.

  12. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 2 years ago

    If you want to see how polite a society can become when everyone has unlimited access to weapons, look at Iraq.

    We all have to choose our poison. I personally have no desire to have a gun or a weapon of any kind, and I am not stupid enough to think that others will leave me alone solely because of my position. But I will state that most people killed with guns go stationary, and just plead for mercy. Me: see if you can hit a moving target. I bet you can’t. The first person who reaches for a weapon is the first person who runs out of ideas.

    Do I think no one should have guns? Not in the slightest. But I have chosen my own course; we all have to choose for ourselves. When I find myself in a place where I see that there are weapons, I leave that area. Sorry, Mr./Ms. Gun Enthusiast: I don’t trust you enough to believe you are sane and rational, unless I know you well. Asking a stranger to trust you because you carry a loaded gun is the height of arrogance. Just one person’s opinion.

  13. Archimedes

    Archimedes said, over 2 years ago

    Compromise is not always a good thing.


    How about.

    “I wish to kill you”
    " I wish you would leave me alone"
    “Let’s compromise, I’ll just break both your legs”


  14. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    The myth that you can draw a gun faster than someone can pull the trigger on one aimed at you, gets people killed on a regular basis. NRA doesn’t want you to know that roughly 90% of folks who “defend themselves” with a gun, against a person with a gun, end up getting shot themselves, fortunately, it isn’t always fatal.

    In Afghanistan, everyone has had a gun for over a century, so much for “peaceful societies through gun ownership”.

  15. friendlygardens

    friendlygardens GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Obviously luckovich and the lib trolls on here have no idea how the whole gun thing works. You allow law abiding citizens to carry guns and VOILA! criminals aren’t so likely to do what he’s showing in this toon. Perhaps you should look up cities like Kennesaw, GA where it’s the law to own a gun and see what the statistics say. I can tell you that they show crime rates went down. If you were a criminal, are you going to care what the laws are? No. Duh, you’d love gun control because it would mean that your targets were unarmed. If you were a criminal and the law stated people could carry just about anywhere, are you going to think twice about who you hold up? Um YEAH! Look at Chicago, NYC and other heavy lib gun control cities, they have some of the highest crime rates possible! For goodness sake, a Subway sandwich shop in Chicago just went bulletproof. Obviously common sense doesn’t live in the minds of most of the libs on here or the dimwit that wrote this toon SMH

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