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Mike Luckovich

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  1. jonesb

    jonesb said, over 3 years ago

    This country started as a Federation, not a democracy. Democracy eats itself as voters vote for the candidate who offers them the most money. We’ll go the same way as the Romans.

  2. Kit Walker

    Kit Walker GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    We’ve always been a republic. The Romans weren’t a democracy either.

  3. echoraven

    echoraven said, over 3 years ago

    Apparently according to Mike (and probably other Kool Aid lovin’ leftys) the constitution IS the enemy to their version of “democracy” where the benevolence of the government is paramount.

  4. Dale Netherton

    Dale Netherton said, over 3 years ago

    A terrorist on the loose and people should sit unarmed waiting for a knock on the door?

  5. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 3 years ago

    Don’t people ever tire of equating background checks with confiscation? I know I’m tired of seeing it.

  6. jonpeterson001

    jonpeterson001 said, over 3 years ago

    @Echoraven. You say “Lefty’s” believe “the constitution IS the enemy to their version of “democracy” where the benevolence of the government is paramount.”. What foolishness. What is in question is the INTERPRETATION of the constitution. (I for one do not consider the average person to be part of a “militia”). Furthermore, our government is by the people, for the people. All voting Americans are The Government, and the majority of the people want background checks. The senators failed the people they represent.

  7. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I have to take issue with this cartoon.

    The left points at their polls and says “Look X% of the population want sensible gun control laws” and then scream that democracy has been subverted if they aren’t able to get any legislation they want.

    If you ask the question: Should we keep guns out of the hands of criminals or the insane – Everyone will agree.
    But that doesn’t mean that 95% agree that the only solution is to take away second amendment rights from everyone.

    Grow up Leftists – Many of us are more afraid of YOU and your willingness to give up freedom for personal security then we are of our neighbor getting a gun.

    If you want to feel more safe and secure in your person – I recommend sitting down with your neighbors and inviting them to lunch. Develop a sense of community. Then, when you see your neighbor go outside with a gun you will have a pretty good idea what he is going to do with it. My neighbors hunt all the time. When they step out their door with a gun I assume they are going to go hunting or target practicing.

    Democracy hasn’t been subverted. Democracy has been asserted when stupidly restrictive laws aren’t able to gain traction. This is an affirmation of the political process even though YOU didn’t get what YOU wanted.

  8. apfelzra

    apfelzra GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Safe for whom? Serial killers? Mass murderers? Armed domestic abusers? Lunatics with semiautomatic weapons?

  9. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release said, over 3 years ago

    @Kit Walker

    You guys are citizens right? Then as citizens you should know that we live in a “representative democracy.” Its here in question one of the Citizenship Booklet. So quit with the Republic nonsense cause we were never a Republic.

  10. Kylie2112

    Kylie2112 said, over 3 years ago

    54% is “little democratic support?”

  11. SFLoridan

    SFLoridan said, over 3 years ago


    @Mephistopholes : You preach well, but you should practice what you preach! If you’d invite those ‘lefist’ neighbors of yours, you’d realize that they are not asking to take away anything of yours. They just ask for a discussion – possibly on how to keep your guns in your hands (because you are a ‘good guy’) but out of the hands of the other guy (because he’s a ‘bad guy’). So how can that be done if you shout me down with labels of ‘Crazy’? Let’s see – a good start would be for you to respond to me (or others here) without using a single derogatory word or personal insult. I’ll wait.

    As far as “knowing that my neighbors don’t mean any harm even if they step out with a gun”, you should ask Adam Lanza’s mom about trust, friendship and neighborliness.

  12. wbr

    wbr said, over 3 years ago

    so a bad bill is better than no bill ?

  13. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, over 3 years ago

    Gore Bane: You can’t (or won’t) tell the difference between democracy and polyarchy. Polyarchyy (rue of the many) is the one with majority rule. Democracy has set limits on the power of both the majority and minority. If you can’t handle English, use another language.

  14. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @SFLoridan – Well here I am and let’s see if I can speak to each of your issues without being derogatory or making you feel like I “shouted you down”.

    First – To be clear – Leftist isn’t any more pjorative then right wing. It is a short cut (perhaps poor) for progressive vs. conservative or government trusting vs. government distrusting. But I’ll try to avoid the usage

    Those leftist (your quote) neighbors of mine (I don’t have many because I live in the rural midwest) have been invited to my home. We have broken bread and talked about politics, child rearing, and the weather. I don’t agree with all of their positions (except maybe about the weather) but I don’t live in a sound chamber where all my friends echo back the same position as me.

    And contrary to what you are saying – This wasn’t a vote to open up discussion between sober minded groups. This was a vote to create another set of hurdles to be surmounted by anyone that wanted to buy a gun.

    I don’t think it is possible to shout people down on an open written forum because my voicing my opinion in no way deprives you of your voice. We can post at the exact same time and everyone gets to hear what both of us say. I write well, or so I’m told, so perhaps I articulate my position better then some others. I won’t apologize for that nor will I apologize for my belief that I shouldn’t give up any of my freedoms so that somebody, somewhere else, can feel safer because that isn’t what freedom is about.

    I reread my post – aside from leftist the only term I used that I think could be considered derogatory was stupidly restrictive (which referred to the bill not any individual) though I guess by association you can say that it implies that the author was stupid as well – If it will make you feel better I apologize for using an ambiguous enhancer and ask you to substitue incredibly for stupidly.

    I do not deny that evil minded men exist, Boston is suffering from that right now. But that doesn’t mean that the majority of the US is willing to give up their freedoms.

    You may be right. You may have the majority behind you for this legislation. Next election will show that if you are. But politicians are afraid to vote against the NRA because many have been burned in the past for doing so. The real, voting majority came out and voted them out of office.

    The NRA is people, not some monolithic unaccountable machine. It answers to its members (and they are legion). It gets its money from it’s members. It represents, in the political world, its members.

    One last point – I don’t own a gun except a pellet gun for rats in the barn. I don’t plan on buying one in the future. So this legislation isn’t about guns for me. It’s about freedom. It’s about the Federal government creating work for itself by trying to do something is has no business doing. If you don’t like guns in the hands of people – work on it in your state. See if you can convince your state legislature to take guns away from people. But to me your advocacy looks like an attempt to push your ideas and your beliefs on the rest of the country. Why don’t you legislate against disturbed individuals and insanity instead. I don’t see you out trying to strengthen the laws that track and incarcerate the insane.
    I also don’t hear anyone calling for the end to pressure cookers (used in the bombings in Boston).

  15. Gary McSpook

    Gary McSpook said, over 3 years ago


    Yours was a well-written and fairly well-thought out letter, and I appreciate your effort.
    But I will disagree with you on a couple of very important points:
    I disagree that the Federal government has no business insisting on thorough background checks on people wanting to purchase guns; this seems to be exactly the kind of thing the Federal government SHOULD do. It’s not an effort to confiscate guns, but to keep them out of the hands of dangerous and unstable individuals.
    You say that we should “legislate against disturbed individuals and insanity instead.”
    How would you go about that? Who gets to make these determinations? And you should realize and accept that many of the “gun-nuts” out there would probably be exactly the kind of disturbed individuals against whom such laws would be created. Or, depending on the bent of the government at any particular time, perhaps it would be anyone who spoke out against the government, which would make us very much like the former Soviet Union. Facilities for disturbed people should be readily available, but to legislate against “insanity” would be like passing laws against diabetes or cancer.
    Lastly, your rather glib comment about people not calling for an end to pressure cookers was just fatuous; a pressure cooker is used primarily to cook, though in the hands of an evil person can be subverted to a more dangerous use.
    Guns are used to kill (target or skeet shooting just being training for their real purpose). There is precious little reason to have a gun otherwise.

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