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Tom Toles

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  1. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 4 years ago

    Perhaps the only legal weapons should be the kind that existed at the time the second amendment was written?

    This would sure limit (only if truly enforced) mass shootings. By the time you got off your first shot and then went through the same loading procedure that they had to use to reload a flintlock mechanism, someone would sure as heck tackle you and put you down!!

    Oh well, just dreaming, I guess…….

  2. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Even with semi-autos, it’s when they run out of ammo they get taken down as they try to change clips/magazines. The more they have at one loading, the more people die. Civilians now have magazines that hold twice what ours did in ‘Nam, and we don’t call them “military” or “assault” weapons???

  3. jnik23260

    jnik23260 said, almost 4 years ago

    And how would that have prevented the school shooting? If teachers have firearms in the classroom, how can they kee them handy enough to be drawn quickly without being too easy for the children to get hold of one? Or maybe you want some of the kids to pack heat.
    Seriously, the shooter and his mother WERE law – abiding citizens! The mother bought the weapons legally, and was trained in using them. She just didn’t need a Bushmaster for self defense. And if she hadn’t been allowed to own one, her son wouldn’t have had it.
    You conservatives are pathetic.

  4. sjc14850

    sjc14850 said, almost 4 years ago

    Ad hominem attacks are pointless, but if they make you feel better…

    Anyway, NOBODY needs a weapon that fires hundreds of rounds a minute. Nobody.

  5. Trantor0815

    Trantor0815 said, almost 4 years ago

    you make it too easy for yourself. Fight Fire with Fire. Maybe you wouldn’t need that if you don’t give everyone a lighter.

    Nobody need such weapons for hunting deers, bears etc. They are only build for man-hunt

  6. runar

    runar said, almost 4 years ago

    Anybody who needs an assault weapon to shoot a deer doesn’t deserve a hunting permit.

  7. saywhatwhat

    saywhatwhat said, almost 4 years ago


    For those who go on about “the right to bear arms”, it’s not about hunting. They think they need to protect themselves from hoards of poor and hungry people. They also think they have to be prepared to overthrow the government, if it doesn’t do what they want.
    In short they have given up on civilization and democracy. They want to stay on the road to emulating Somalia and Afghanistan, but are too dense to see what they are doing.
    New gun laws are not going to be the answer — at least not alone. We need to find a way to step back from the gun culture and “it’s all about me” mentality, and embrace the civilization that the (gun carrying) pioneers worked so hard to try to bring about.

  8. Loco deSane

    Loco deSane said, almost 4 years ago


    this is misleading. What does gun control issues have to do with this tragic event? CT already has some of the most restrictive gun measures in the nation. This monster tried to buy a gun and could not (what the law was designed to do, no?) so he murders his mother and takes her guns to commit the crime. Now, how on earth would any law have prevented this?
    Sometimes evil just is and we can’t legislate it away.

  9. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 4 years ago

    As one who appreciates pistols, shotguns, and rifles, I have still always spoken against the ownership of military grade weapons in the hands of unregulated civilians unless they had special licenses as collectors or as members of police auxiliary or national guard. I have always been totally against clips holding more than 10 rounds.
    As one who once lived in a rural community with one sheriff overseeing a large area, I know how weapons for home defense can also be important
    Perhaps Mortyfortyrant can help me with this…
    On my visit to Germany in 2008, I believe I was told that anyone who wanted to own a firearm had to take a mandatory class on care, use, storage, etc. I was given the impression it was a pretty in depth course.
    In Virginia, you can go to a Gun show, they have several in my area per year, and without a background check waiting period, or training, walk away with a weapon that can shoot through walls.
    Guns don’t kill people, People kill people. This is true. But a 30 round clip makes people able to kill A LOT of people, and THAT is what we need to change. No one person should be able to kill so many people before having to reload.
    The only argument against this come from those who say we need these weapons to defend against a US government that turns on its own people, or so said Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America. Mr. Pratt is certain that guns in the hands of citizens will protect us from dictatorship, voter fraud, and other ills.
    If we descend into that level of civil war, the Constitution and Bill of Rights no longer apply and the USA will no longer exist except as a name. I don’t believe in this scenario.
    Gun control is not a gun ban. It is like speed control on the highways, or laws requiring seat belts and not texting while driving. It allows you to do what you want and need to do without being a danger to your community.
    but sadly,

  10. badgerman

    badgerman said, almost 4 years ago

    Toles’ only problem is a complete lack of basic knowledge of the subject: NO fully automatic weapon was used in any of the civilian massacres. They sometimes appear in drug gang wars, and of course the cops and military use them all the time.

    It doesn’t matter where you stand on an issue, if you are going to keppep from appearing the fool, you must learn the basics of the subject matter.

  11. douthett72

    douthett72 said, almost 4 years ago

    I don’t understand hwo people can focus on gun control while ignoring the real issue and that is people with serious mental health problems not getting the help they need.

    Of coruse people don’t want to think that their children, spouse or friends might have some mental health problems

  12. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, almost 4 years ago


    If teachers have firearms, their son might steal them and USE them to kill 20 children.
    Which is EXACTLY what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary school. The weapons used by Adama Lanza were all registered to his mother, a teacher at that school

  13. lisapaloma13

    lisapaloma13 said, almost 4 years ago

    @Robert Landers

    I had exactly that same idea yesterday! Excellent solution to the problem!

  14. lisapaloma13

    lisapaloma13 said, almost 4 years ago


    She trained her son, too, so he knew what he was doing…

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    lisapaloma13 said, almost 4 years ago



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