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  1. Doug Thomas

    Doug Thomas GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    I’m no fan of the NRA, but this is a very exaggerated view of the significant majority of its members who use rifles for hunting, for example, or who target practice for fun. Personally, I’d be happier if most of the 300,000,000 weapons in peoples’ hands were collected and melted down, but demonizing those who represent the other point of view isn’t going to make this issue any simpler to work through.

  2. cdward

    cdward said, almost 4 years ago

    @Doug Thomas

    I disagree. While certainly not all members of the NRA are of this ilk, (it once was a good organization that had as its goal gun safety), the leadership has shifted to preaching that all guns are good, that no gun should ever be off limits, and that there should basically be no limits on ownership (including a requirement for proper training). The fact that they support and defend ownership of military-type weapons (which have one primary function – to kill people), shows that this cartoon has merit.
    There is something to the argument that 10,000 gun deaths really isn’t that big a deal compared to auto accident deaths – but we KNOW that other countries are safer (gun-wise) because of a combination of good public education/health care and mental health service AND strict gun regulation (including Switzerland which, though it has a high rate of gun ownership also has far more restrictive rules than would ever be considered here by the NRA).

  3. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, almost 4 years ago

    My niece with three little girls just got a what she wanted for Christmas: a semi-auto handgun. Not a few days prior she was publicly crying on facebook about how wrong the shooting in CT was.
    This IS a sick country.

  4. lisapaloma13

    lisapaloma13 said, almost 4 years ago


    Amen, cdward. And I think that like my dad, many of the rational members of the NRA left the organization when it became extremist. And I imagine that the majority of the remaining “rational” members have allowed themselves to be swayed by the preaching of the gun manufacturers who run it.

  5. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 4 years ago

    Why is it that liberals hate so much?

  6. echoraven

    echoraven said, almost 4 years ago

    and the produce of lots of Kool Aid.

  7. zekedog55

    zekedog55 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Howie and “Mr.” Ima’s Maw and Paw!

    Nice snapshot of the little whippersnappers, too…

    Maw—“Eat up now, so you can go back to the basement!”

    Paw—“Mergle flergle gurgle, derp.”

  8. M Ster

    M Ster said, almost 4 years ago

    Dated May 11, 1995: WASHINGTON – Former president George Bush, a gun enthusiast and decades-long member of the National Rifle Association, has resigned from the group because of its statements that agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are “jackbooted thugs” who harass gun owners.

    “Your broadside against federal agents deeply offends my own sense of decency and honor, and it offends my concept of service to country,” Bush wrote to NRA president Thomas Washington in a May 3 letter that was released yesterday. “It indirectly slurs a wide array of government law-enforcement officials, who are out there, day and night, laying their lives on the line for all of us.”

    Bush said NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre’s description of federal agents as " `wearing Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms’ (and) wanting to `attack law-abiding citizens’ is a vicious slander on good people." LaPierre used the description in a fund-raising letter sent to the NRA’s 3.5 million members early this year, and he defended it in the wake of the April 19 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.

  9. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    The cartoonists are going from the sublime to the absurd on this issue. That is the way they make money. Of course it does stoke the already roaring flames of partisan divide in our country and take the divisiveness to new heights. Screaming for new laws and regulations is comforting to many and it’s cheap to accomplish. Dealing with the underlying problems with mental illness, crime, children reared in broken homes often with multiple sets of parents, a culture that worships violence, that means a long term very expensive commitment that we are not willing to make.

  10. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release said, almost 4 years ago


    Hiya Zeke! Long time! You forgot to add the “tabakey” and the moonshine.

  11. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 4 years ago

    @M Ster

    WOW! And I would lay odds that every other president, including our current one and the idol of the conservatives Ronald Reagan would have totally agreed with former President Bush!!

  12. M Ster

    M Ster said, almost 4 years ago

    @Robert Landers

    HW Bush resigned from the NRA not because he had any differences or ill will against its rank-and-flle members, but because of its leaders.

    I grew up in a home with a 12g shotgun and a .300 caliber rifle, both never used for anything but hunting, and am comfortable around guns. I posted this because I don’t believe that the current NRA leadership represents my father or any of his friends.

  13. Stipple

    Stipple said, almost 4 years ago

    Actuaqlly, the car companies were blamed.
    Regulations were enacted making cars safer, regulations from congress, not the companies themselvs.
    This is were the death rate per accident started going down.
    Regulations do work to lessen deaths from dangerous possessions.
    I thank you for pointing out the other major killer of Americans and workable solutions.

  14. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 4 years ago

    @M Ster

    Strangely enough, I also grew up around firearms, my grand father with whom I spent much of my time, was a retired policeman who had both hand guns and rifles (although no shot guns that I knew of). Although we lived in a relatively rural area, there were still too many residences for us to actively hunt, but there was enough safe space for us to “Plink” at either targets or tin cans. And while I love the challenge of target shooting, I do not agree that people need high capacity weapons to do that.

    If that thinking makes me an “enemy” to the current NRA leadership, then so be it.

    By the way, while in the National Guard I also have fired many fully automatic weapons myself, and if people wish to do this then there should be special clubs where they can be allowed to do it. But private ownership of such weapons along with high capacity semi automatic weapons should be banned!!

  15. Joe boyle

    Joe boyle said, almost 4 years ago

    Do us all a favor, and define your idea of a “Liberal”. Then tell us why you disagree with “them”. You may actually experience a few moments of clarity…or, more likely, not.

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