This cartoon shows what the career politicians value most. The members of both parties will serve their donors well and after working long enough to enrich themselves through insider trading and the manipulation of donations to their campaigns, they will, in many cases, leave to work for those donors as lobbyists, consultants, or some other post. In addition, they will take the substantial benefits with which both parties have gifted themselves and never want for healthcare or a pension.^@ Masterkrain - I would beg to differ with you Masterkain, and I do so reluctantly as I find your posts to be ones with which I usually find much agreement. I have learned from you. However – One of the reason the A bomb was used in Japan instead an invasion was that the guns in that nation guaranteed casualties among invading forces near or above one million. One of the reasons that Switzerland was not attacked by Germany was the presence of so many citizens who could survive in the mountains and who had the skills of a sharpshooter. The second amendment not only protects Americans from the mostly fictional threat of a suddenly hostile American gov’t, but it also makes countries, like China, whose standing army nearly exceeds the population of our entire country, from even considering a conventional invasion.Guns do not make us strong, our people make us strong. When our people are civil, respectful, educated, and given a reason to believe in our nation, guns are not an issue.The threat we face is represented by the many extremists of every group who are so desperate to have their own way, they are willing to destroy everything in order to have their own little place be just the way they want it.Respectfully,C.