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Tom Toles

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  1. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, 4 months ago

    When every living American has at least a pair of rapid fire, deadly, not-for-animal-hunting weapons, then the next phase of General Wayne’s Grand Freedom Plan can be initiated, namely dividing our silly and bedeviled country into little standing armies — shall we call them Red Militias? — prepared at all times to kill or be killed, fire, stagger and fall at the General’s perspicacious command.
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    Our beloved, non-combatant General will handpick the Militia officer corps, obviously, but the recruitment of ordinary storm troopers should be handled effectively enough through Rush radio & Fox Noise, with advancement through the ranks based on accuracy of suppressing fire, outright kills, or whatever other terms the Navy SEALS are using now.
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    Preparations for general war are GLORIOUS! So much hating and chanting and rousing of rabble! Actual wars are grindingly bloody and expensive but, hey, RepubliCons don’t mind THAT (as long as someone else is doing it). Besides, if the RepubliCon ‘economics’ team is ever going to stimulate the GNP with deficit spending – as they did in the halcyon days of Reagan, Bush and Bush the Lesser – War’s the ONLY way they’ll roll.
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    Think about it, please; and vote accordingly.

  2. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, 4 months ago

    If the Georgia legislature think it so important that every Georgian be able to carry a gun every where he goes, why do they make an exception of their Capitol building? If every Georgian is worthy of being trusted with deadly force in his pocket when he is getting sloshed at the local bar (and I am not saying he isn’t), why do they think he is not worthy of being trusted with deadly force in his pocket when he is visiting his elected representative, and the legislative halls of his state?

    Personally, I think there is way too much paranoia driving this issue, on both sides. The average gun owner is never going to abuse the power he holds, but neither is his right to hold that power under any threat by reasonable laws intended to promote public safety. Not everyone who seeks sane regulations is aiming at mass confiscations, not everyone who owns a gun goes about itching to wreak destruction on “bad guys” real or imagined.

    The fact is that our homicide rates are MUCH higher than those of many other countries, and that gun ownership is MUCH greater here than in those places as well. The correlation may indicate that these two phenomena have a common cause, rather than that one causes the other. If we were sane, we would not be arguing over whether guns are good or bad (they are neither), or whether they take lives or save lives (they do both, or neither, depending on how you look at it), but what we can do (if anything), collectively, through our laws, to make us safer.

    This is not a question of immutable human nature, or you would not have a annual homicide rate of 3 per million in Japan and 961 per million in Honduras. (It is 48 per million in the United States, better than some, worse than others. Better than the world average of 69 per million. Three times worse than in western Europe where it is about 13 per million.) Measured by “third world” standards, we are pretty safe here. Measured by “first world” standards, we are about as bad as it gets.

  3. gammaguy

    gammaguy said, 4 months ago

    @wmconelly: “…shall we call them Red Militias?”

    Would that be anything like the Red Army of the Soviets, complete with a touring chorus?

  4. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    @gammaguy

    The chorus is a great idea! First song should be “We Shall Overkill!”

  5. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    Do they all go shopping at “Bloodbath and Beyond”??

  6. magicwalnut

    magicwalnut GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    Ed and Masterskrain …you guys are TOO funny!

  7. Enoki

    Enoki said, 4 months ago

    Arizona already allows this sort of thing and there isn’t the pile of corpses that Chicago, Detroit, Washington DC… and so many other bastions of enlightened Progressive thinking with gun bans have…

  8. echoraven

    echoraven said, 4 months ago

    @wmconelly

    Sooooo… your saying Hitler wasn’t THAT wrong since apparently you agree with him on gun control.
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    I’m also guessing that the NRA, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, DISAGREES with Hitler…
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    I know which side I’m on.

  9. cjr53

    cjr53 said, 4 months ago

    @echoraven

    Seems to me that you may be agreeing with Hitler that eating and breathing are something you are both in favor of on a personal level.

  10. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 4 months ago

    As long as the question “What can we do to reduce gun violence?” is always heard as “How soon can we arrange total confiscation?” the conversation is over before it starts.

    See echoraven’s response to wmconelly as an example. Although wmconelly makes no bones about his belief that guns and violence will likely always go together, he makes no statement about confiscation.

    Further proof that target marketing works.

  11. Joadtom

    Joadtom said, 4 months ago

    The tiny sliver of a percent of guns used by non-criminals is barely a statistic, but keep pounding the drum of stupidity and ignorance. It seems to be working.

  12. JudeTheObtuse

    JudeTheObtuse GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    Excellent comment from Doughfoot above. I’d love to see rational discussion along these lines but passions and low information commenters make this so difficult.

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 4 months ago

    @gammaguy

    No, more like the Red Republicans of old France. They like the color red anyway. Of blood.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 4 months ago

    @Enoki

    Chicago, Detroit and Washington DC are not bastions of Liberalism. Definitely regressive in context and content.

  15. jackson49

    jackson49 said, 4 months ago

    simply, disarm the police forces, and after a month or so….streets and life easy…you gotta remember—twas only a few people shooting it out ,

    BUT if you hate and distrust yer fellow Americans, and LOVE a police state..well THAT tells on YOU.

    I never called the armed cops to leave their stations, and we can’t afford the police/prison state we have now…add their demands as “1st responders”, and super EXTRA ‘rights", benefits, well….we just can’t afford them, NOR their general oppression of ideas or acts. They are a burden and a drag on all of our civilized acts in our Republic.

    todays U.S.police acts would make Hitler blush.

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