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Tom Toles

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  1. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Yet another banner week for gun violence advocates. They’ll be celebrating everywhere.

  2. DoctorUmmmNo

    DoctorUmmmNo said, over 2 years ago

    Toles misses the obvious. Assault rifles account for very few homicides in the US. Local gun bans are pretty much useless.

    We have some pretty good laws on the books that let those of us who are responsible gun owners enjoy our rights. Let’s enforce those laws.

  3. DoctorUmmmNo

    DoctorUmmmNo said, over 2 years ago


    ^ Standardizing background checks & sharing lists of criminals & mentally unstable people seems like a good idea.

    But, the truth is we can’t anticipate irrational behavior.

  4. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 2 years ago

    This latest case was not madness, this was not an issue of mental health, unless people go crazy in pairs. She left her job at Hobby Lobby (!) so they could go support Cliven Bundy. Even Bundy’s supporters thought them too extreme (!). This time they went off with full intention to kill, and targeted the first pair of policemen they found. They draped the bodies with a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag and a swastika flag. They invaded a Walmart but only killed one more person, the one customer who himself had a gun and who tried to stop them. (The “good guy with a gun.”) When more police arrived, as expected and apparently as desired, and they were finally cornered, she shot her husband before shooting herself.

    They acted alone and were solely responsible for their actions. But who can deny that they are emblems of our time? That they are symptomatic of the fever that burns in our country today? Of the fire that is willfully fueled and propagated by certain of our fellow Americans?

    All across Canada people are wearing red to remember the three mounties recently killed. Will the two policemen murdered for wearing a uniform be remembered in this country in a similar manner?

    A man signs up to wear a uniform, and carry a gun, for more reasons than he just wants a job, just wants to earn a living. When he put on that uniform, he knew he might very well have to put himself in harm’s way to protect his fellow Americans.

    But even those who claim to “support our troops” and prattle a great deal about patriotism, and veterans, and the flag, and go out of their way to shake hands with and thank a man in camouflage for his service, will hardly do the same for him.
    Because the uniform he wears is blue rather than green.

  5. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 2 years ago

    The problem is not gun violence, it is violence, period. The proliferation of guns is a symptom not a cause. Guns are not a problem among people who regard shooting as a hobby, or hunting as a sport, who think that the use of a gun is properly a last resort, rather than an appropriate first response.

  6. cdward

    cdward said, over 2 years ago

    Because guns have recently become a religion, their proper place in society has been distorted. As Doughfoot says, hunting and hobby shooting are fine. This paranoia of the gun religionists is fangerous to the rights of the rest of us. This couple DO represent the anti-government militia-types which now try to distance themselves from the action. I recently read comments from some such radicals who claimed that belonging to radical rightwing groups had nothing to do with their actions; that it was just two crazy people, nothing more, and that they alone were responsible for their actions. Is that what we say about suicide bombers? No, we say they represent a group, and the group is responsible.

  7. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 2 years ago

    I would like to add a comment about a word that is much misused: militia. The militia are the “body of the people, trained to arms” and raised by a community, city, county, or state to protect the same. If they are not defined by law, raised by law, and “subordinate to the civil power” they are not militia. They are just groups of armed men, and when they are acting outside the law, in fact in opposition to the law, they are no more a militia than Al Capone’s gang was a militia.

    That is not to say that an armed gang cannot have a better purpose behind their actions than Capone’s gang did.

    Just as in the “olden days” if the sheriff or other authority deputized a group of citizens and led them out after the “bad guys” it was called a posse; if a bunch of guys just got together to do the same thing it was a mob.

    You can’t be a militia, or a posse, or a jury, or a legislature just because you say you are.

  8. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, over 2 years ago

    Our American problem with gun-related violence needs more than simply proper regulation. Many American citizens (and from other nations) succumb to fear and social alienation, and find such weapons as a solution to their difficulties. Modern societies, which, more and more, replace people with computers and robotic machines, take away their ability to earn a decent living by shipping their job overseas, ruled by a wealthy group of congressman who ignore, or threaten their needs, an entertainment industry which revels in killing & gore: some people bottom-out, feeling they have no other options.
    I do not condone the behavior, but it is a major part of the problem, perhaps the number one problem, which MUST be addressed.

  9. Lynn Green

    Lynn Green said, over 2 years ago

    I am tired of living under the gun.

  10. emptc12

    emptc12 said, over 2 years ago

    The Carbine Nation …

  11. Aaronious

    Aaronious said, over 2 years ago

    The concept of continental drift is outdated and incorrect, and that undermines the strip’s message.

  12. Larry

    Larry said, over 2 years ago


    A “Drift Denier” ?

  13. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I don’t have a problem with the right to own a gun. I do have a big problem with allowing gun runners to buy guns at Indiana shops and gun shows and reselling them to street gangs in Chicago. The Police can’f frisk a suspected gang-banger because they will violate his right to be free from unreasonable search. It simply unreasonable to let these morons run around the streets blasting away as the please, often killing innocent people who just happen to be in the wrong place. We need some laws that suppress the flow of guns to criminals. We need laws that allow the police to search known gang members. Right now it is the wild west and that is just plain stupid.

  14. magicwalnut

    magicwalnut GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    If I were drawing a cartoon on this topic, I would link it to , say, a plague….

  15. Darsan54

    Darsan54 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Wow. Symbolism is just out of your intellectual grasp, huh? Go back to school and get your elementary school GED.

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