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Stuart Carlson

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    There are roughly 70 million firearm owners in America. About 4 million folks are members in the NRA.(claims vary from 3.5 to 4.5 million members) which means like me, not many firearms owners choose to support the NRA’s radical postiions. Why DOES such a small group of folks hold so much power? (Hmm, look at AIPAC membership as well.)

    AARP has over 22 million members, and gee, they actually get benefits from membership, and represenation for sensible and viable legislation! While they oppose radical changes to Social Security, AARP does recognize that “down the road” some adjustments, NOT “privatization”, will be needed to “balance the budgets”. Their stance is defensive, but not like the NRA’s; deplorable.

    Why DO so many in Congress fear the NRA? Why do they ignore the fact that the majority of those 70 million firearms owners SUPPORT stronger background checks, limits on magazine capacity, and sensible “regulation” as required by the Constitution?

    Also, with 4 million members, where does the NRA money actually come from to like well, pay Wayne La Pierre over $900,000 a year?

    The Second Amendment, like the First, needs to be analyzed with a view toward the body of the Constitution, that limits spending on an “army” to two years at a time to prevent a “standing army” of size (thus the need for WELL REGULATED militias under control of THE GOVERNMENT), or Article Six that clearly states religion is NOT a part of our government, period.

  2. Justice22

    Justice22 said, over 3 years ago


    I agree. I was a member of the NRA for about 15 years and was sorry to give it up as the NRA began telling me how to vote. I gavve my accunulated collection of American Rifleman magazines to a friend, also a gun owner, who unfortunately chose to take his own life with one of his guns. I miss you Gene.

  3. Surveyingsam

    Surveyingsam GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    AARP give me a break!

  4. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Tigger: you wil obviously never understand it. I own guns to hunt, and have used them to kill people. I don’t choose to do that again. A gun is a tool, I’m proficient with them, and know when NOT to use them, and while I own them, I don’t worship them, or have foolish weapons that substitute for genetallia for so many “gun nuts”.

    Having faced many “dangerous” situations as a younger man, I now find that a firearm might make up for that lack of speed and agility that once served well.

    Would I kill someone to protect lives? Yes, if the last resort. Law such as “stand your ground”, as Zimmerman practiced in Florida, have no place in a civillzed society. He tracked a man down and murdered him, period. THAT is the kind of “law” the NRA supports, that I cannot.

    And once again you refuse to read the Constitution. Scalia among others has also pointed out, from the view of SCOTUS that “well-regulated” DOES trump that b.s. of “shall not be infringed”.

    If any organization in the last 20 years has truly threatened my “right” to keep and bear arms, it HAS BEEN the NRA, with their idiotic stands, especially regarding SMALL “concealable” firearms, ignoring their supposed protection of “hunters, sportsmen” and those wanting to keep rifles and shotguns. They are the NO RATIONAL ALTERNATIVE organization and it is that recalcitrance that DOES cause lawmakers to seek “overkill” in trying to reduce the killing.

  5. Bears

    Bears GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I stand with dtroutma as a long time gun owner (40yrs) who had to leave the NRA when it became an agenda factory. I have met many gun owners who are careful, reasonable people who I have trusted and respected on hunting and shooting range trips. I have also met many who I would NEVER trust around me with a loaded weapon

  6. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    ^Target pistol, 22. Small carry, .38. Serious damage (a gift) .45. Shotguns: 20 gauge for small birds and game, 12 gauge for geese and larger “edibles”. Rifles: 22-250 for antelope and “long range”, 30-30 model 94 “brush gun” and for elk. 22 rifle for target (it was my mom’s!) another .22 for varmints in agricultural fields (rimfire ammo is a LOT cheaper than center fire). A “collector” 1892 Mauser Argentine (another gift) in 7.65, no scope but it CAN “reach out and touch someone” a LONG way off, and that includes coyote etc..

    Yes, quite a few people, even those wanting regulations to increase and improve “public safety”, own more than four guns. BUT, what I do find scary is the folks I know in NRA, some with over 200 guns, mostly semi-automatic, and neurotically “collected”, to “defend themselves from the government”!!

    I live in a rural area (always have chosen to most of my life) and guns ARE common around here as TOOLS! What I find “interesting” is the city dweller with over 50 firearms at hand, in semi-auto no less. What are THEY “hunting”?? Or, why so much “defense”? Well, the latter does go along with our NATIONAL “defense strategy”

  7. grimmer

    grimmer GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    I find the positions of the NRA in line with the extreme positions of those who want to further put controls on certain guns.I am still waiting for someone to explain why we did not have these mass killings with “assault” weapons back in the late 40’s,50’s and 60’s. Guns were available by mail and the US was flooded with surplus WW2 weaponry from just about everywhere including our own government.This included many guns that are considered assault weapons today and they were cheap.
    I find it strange that non-shooters revile the NRA when it is the NRA that certifies and trains the people who train our police and military. I would make a large wager that just about all your training officers are members of the NRA.Does having some opinions contrary to your beliefs keep you from being a member of a certain church or political party?

  8. grimmer

    grimmer GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    My union wanted me to vote a certain way and I resented it but I kept my membership because of the benefits of being a union member when dealing with my employer.I really don’t think that guns can be blamed for suicides. I knew 2 people who used them for that and one that hanged himself and another that used his car exhaust. Life was intolerable and they chose to end it on their own terms. Regrettable but understandable under the circumstances.

  9. grimmer

    grimmer GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    Ah, you’re against the ownership of handguns! Well, having carried one in Vietnam and as a police officer I find them most efficient for close combat when the rifle would be an impediment. Sitting in a squad car did not permit quick access to the rifle when immediate action was required. Happened to me once as a civilian too and 4 men were surprised that I came out of the car armed when they surrounded it when I was sitting on private property with my girl friend.Did not have to shoot anyone after they saw the gun and fled
    Every situation is different and I would not want to say any one firearm is best for self defense and want a choice.

  10. grimmer

    grimmer GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    How many people do you know with 200 semi-auto weapons gathered to battle our government? I’m calling BS on this one.

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