Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for November 27, 2018


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    BE THIS GUY Premium Member 12 months ago

    How about a shooting range? Lots of good guys with guns there. Just ask Chris Kyle.

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    alaskajohn1  12 months ago

    Pig forgot slaughterhouse.

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    odd90745  12 months ago

    Looks like he picked under the desk.

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    B UTTONS  12 months ago

    Pig left for Central America.

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  12 months ago

    a mosque is also out of the question, Pig

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    Z51 Premium Member 12 months ago

    Nobody has gone “postal” at the post office lately!

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    x_Tech  12 months ago

    Mall, public transportation?

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    x_Tech  12 months ago

    Sitting in front of your TV in Paradise CA or Malibu CA?

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    Yontrop  12 months ago

    I hear they have pretty tight security at the White House.

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    Cminuscomics&stories Premium Member 12 months ago

    Mr. Guns does not allow any broomsticks near him.

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    thelost wizard  12 months ago

    Well home is certainly out of the question for a lot of people.

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    Anters55  12 months ago

    Mental institution should be pretty safe, considering not all gun owners suffer with mentally illness, but so far it appears those suffering with mental illness have done all the killing.

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    Say What Now‽ Premium Member 12 months ago

    It’s more safe in almost every other country than the USA.

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    CARLOS W KING Premium Member 12 months ago

    He forgot “Steve’s house of BBQ”

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    bosn_otter  12 months ago

    porta pottys…. I have never heard of anyone getting shot in a porta potty. A great place to hide from the boss and a gunman

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    Qiset  12 months ago

    Let’s see, I have my CHL and I’m a 3rd degree black belt. I feel safe in lots of places.

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    James Wolfenstein  12 months ago

    But you feel safe on the highway… go figure…

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    ChristineMurphy  12 months ago

    Needed a “sad” button for this one, like on Facebook.

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member 12 months ago

    NRA Conventions. They aren’t stupid enough to let people with guns in.

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    JohnE.Jablonski  12 months ago

    Gun free zone?

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    dadoctah  12 months ago

    How about jail? (Was gonna say airport because of all the screening, but from what I hear the TSA is letting lots of stuff slip through.)

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    EdMeiller Premium Member 12 months ago

    There could NOT be a sadder statement.

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    Andrew Sleeth Premium Member 12 months ago

    It’s looking like prison may be our only option, Pig.

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    tripwire45  12 months ago

    You forgot on the street. Last Saturday in Los Angeles, a 32-year-old man named Mohamad Mohamad repeatedly used his car to attempt to run over several Orthodox Jews as they left their synagogue after Shabbos services. Fortunately, his would be victims were able to get out of the way and the alleged assailant crashed his vehicle into a stop sign and was apprehended by the police.

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    chris_weaver  12 months ago

    Also, cross out Sikh temple.

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    aerotica69  12 months ago

    Lately, I’ve been considering Vermont.

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    Ignatz Premium Member 12 months ago

    Poor pig. The synagogue was one of the only places where he WAS safe. And the mosque, I guess.

    How about a mosque?

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    RyCar66  12 months ago

    Every place listed is a gun free zone. Wake up!

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    grocks  12 months ago

    Well said.

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    matthew  12 months ago

    I’m no fan of the current direction of the country and the hate, outrage, and ignorance of the rhetoric on all sides is pretty easy to see, however, to claim that we live in more dangerous times isn’t borne out by the evidence. No violent attack is ok, but to be completely safe we must give up a lot of liberty (and not just gun rights). It’s a trade off that we need to be a little more cautious about making, especially when we already live in remarkably safe times, despite media sensationalism telling us otherwise.

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    Lenavid  12 months ago

    It has absolutely nothing to do with guns or gun control.

    It has everything to do with morality and self-control.

    American civil society existed quite well with gun ownership until the advent of “Progressive” Ideology and its foundation of Moral Relativism and the accompanying Entitlement Mentality.

    There have always been instances of extreme violence where someone has no self-control, but the tools used to express that violence were just that: tools. The violence was caused by lack of self-control.

    The rise in frequency and its spread is, I think, indicative of social decay from the erosion of civil society’s moral foundations.

    The teaching of self-control and respect for others has been replaced with the teaching of self-gratification and an Entitlement Mentality that professes that “The ends justify the means”.

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    Kilrwat Premium Member 12 months ago

    Hard to ‘like’ this strip, even though I agree with its point.

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    YippiKiAyMofo  12 months ago

    I don’t feel unsafe in any of those places…well…the High School might get me in trouble for hanging around there.

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    SusieB  12 months ago

    Sadly this is true. Even if you stay locked inside your home you can be the victim of a home invasion. I try to not think about it, and just live my life.

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    Sportymonk  12 months ago

    So many of those places are “Gun Free Zones” which do not stop criminals, only law abiding citizens. 98% of mass shootings (as defined as 4 or more) occurred in Gun Free Zones.

    Bottom line the problem is the people, not the weapon. We need to improve the mental health available for people in this country. Take away every gun and the violence will still continue as demonstrated in Japan and England. Before Columbine in 1999 back in the old days, we carried rifles in the back of out pickup trucks to school. My high school had a shooting range. Something changed prior to 1999, whether relatively immediately prior or several years prior. Some point to the rise of “shooter” video games. Maybe. Maybe it was the parents abandonment of their children to raise and entertain themselves which led to the growth of gang involvement. I don’t know what happened but something definitely changed and it wasn’t guns.

    It seems the problem now more than ever is evil people on the loose. Perhaps if we could keep people in jail until they are no longer a threat rather than letting them loose and hoping for the best.

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    Sportymonk  12 months ago

    You re not safe anywhere. So it is best you be able to defend your family and loved ones when trouble occurs.

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member 12 months ago

    Hardly anywhere is safe in America these days……..

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    russef  12 months ago

    Y’all realize us concientious gun owners are slowly losing this battle.

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member 12 months ago

    Don’t forget to add the mall on the list as well, Pig, especially after what happened in Alabama last week

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    PrairieDog37  12 months ago

    As far as I know nobody has shot up an ashram yet, so they’re probably still safe for a few more days.

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    jlsnell327  12 months ago

    And I would add, shopping malls and your own home to the list

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    dadlivonia  12 months ago

    Don’t do this to us in the morning, please

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    rpersonsjr  12 months ago

    And there is very rarely any trouble at gun shows, because almost every one of the attendees is a law abiding citizen, who only wants firearms for self-defense and/or hunting. And the vendors are all armed, so the criminals know better than to start something.

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    Jon Schutter  12 months ago

    We care about you, Pastis. Time for a national group hug, I bet.

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    Al Nala  12 months ago

    NRA HQ would be quite safe, too.

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    emryld333  12 months ago

    You can add shopping malls to the list.

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    Bookworm  12 months ago

    Just in time for the holidays; Peace on Earth, Goodwill to White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Men with a six or seven figure annual income and really good bodyguards and receipts for their correct political contributions.

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    Old Man River Premium Member 12 months ago

    Anywhere but a gun free zone.

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    xSigoff Premium Member 12 months ago

    Feeling safe is a soft and squishy concept. You can “not feel safe” but be surrounded by a ring of Police. On the other hand you can take responsibility for yourself and take the steps YOU feel necessary to be safe and comfortable in most places where you go. At least for the last 200+ years we have enjoyed the right to defend ourselves and the government is limited in what they can do to take that away from you, although some NE states and CA believe you do not have that right, for example the famous case of the woman having been raped in her own home, hid in the cellar with a gun and shot the perp when he came for her a second time and was sent to prison because she “could have escaped” out a locked cellar door. A cartoon is not an ideal place to discuss this thorny issue.

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    DCBakerEsq  12 months ago

    Comic book store.

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    Squoop  12 months ago

    I feel safe while birding, hiking & kayaking out in the wilds of nature. Except if it’s a red state — I will no longer set foot in a red state. So Pig, please add red state to your cross-off list.

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    GeorgeWhite  12 months ago

    Seems to me as if Ole Stephan Pastis for got a few other places where it is not safe, and one has to fear being attacked.

    On the sidewalk going to attend a Trump Rally.Going on almost any college or university campus to speak ideas in opposition to the looney left.Writing a book, expressing an opinion, or publishing a paper that suggests the looney left is insane in promoting more than two genders.

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    Yammo Premium Member 12 months ago

    Thank you Stephen. And don’t worry, synagogues are still safe places, we just need them to be safer.

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    TwoTonTonga  12 months ago

    Blame the terrorists and the mentally ill who misuse guns. Blaming the gun makes as much sense as blaming cars for the people drunk drivers kill and maim. Ban guns, and killers will just find other ways to kill.

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    WCraft Premium Member 12 months ago

    Disney World?

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    stick&rudder  12 months ago

    Idaho is now an open carry state. When they passed that several years ago, armed white men started attending legislative meetings in the public galleries overhead. Guns were quickly outlawed inside government buildings.

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    CalLadyQED  12 months ago

    While one may not FEEL safe, the reality is that we are VERY safe, generally, especially compared to past generations and many other countries. Not to say that we cannot make improvements; however, haste and fear produce poor decisions, divisiveness, and giving up of freedom. In this the USA’s season of Thanksgiving, how much better to recognize with gratitude how well we have it.

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    James Gifford Premium Member 12 months ago

    When you put aside the puns, Pastis…

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    tim  12 months ago

    And yet I feel safe in any of those places because I have a pretty fair understanding of statistics. I feel much less safe driving on the highway since the proliferation of assault cell phones, however. There should be a law to ban all semi-automatic texting!

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    braindead Premium Member 12 months ago

    As we all know, even research into gun violence is exactly the same as abolishing the second amendment and the total confiscation of all guns (except from criminals, of course).


    And, never forget that OBAMA IS COMING TO TAKE YOUR GUNS!

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    Iwa Iniki Premium Member 12 months ago

    The shelter under the ground?

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    timdnml  12 months ago

    But…but…they’re all Gun Free Zones!

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    subs  12 months ago

    Nailed it, Stephen. Captured the emotion perfectly, here in Pittsburgh. It’s incredibly sad. Thank you.

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    Kind&Kinder  12 months ago

    I weep for all the Jews who were killed in the synagogues at Pittsburgh and elsewhere. And for everyone else finding themselves at the point of a gun and shot in supposedly peaceful, civilized places by political terrorists. The rest of us can just cower.

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    librarian4hire  12 months ago

    Pig can cross hospitals off his list, too.

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    dtercho  12 months ago

    Did anybody notice that the list is all “Gun Free Zones”?

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    Moon57Shine  12 months ago

    Sad but true commentary.

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    Jason fox is god  12 months ago

    This is so sad. So depressing. Can we all just step back and appreciate Stephan Pastis, with strips like these, and his ability to make you just stop and think. These rare strips are shining examples the greatest of what can be achieved with a comic strip.

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    Sisyphos  12 months ago

    It’s not really all that bad, Pig. Just stay out of the four or five worst cities (by murder rate) and chances are good that you’ll be fine. Now come out from under the desk!

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    mklange Premium Member 12 months ago

    Funny, most of those on that list are “gun-free zones”, or, in reality, “unarmed victim/criminal free-fire zones”. … or in locations with strict gun control laws — Same difference

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    Lester1436  12 months ago

    Mr. Pastis makes a good point, but he left out the most dangerous place in America and indeed, the whole world – the womb. Since Roe v. Wade about 60 million preborn people have been deliberately killed by abortion in the USA. That’s also close to the YEARLY TOTAL of abortions in the world. This number is roughly the same number of people killed in the entirety of World War II, which lasted about 6 years. Extreme violence against completely innocent, defenseless, preborn people, only begets more and more violence. We reap what we sew. The earth’s hundreds of millions of people murdered in the womb and out of the womb are asking God for justice. One day God will ensure they will get it.

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    johngregor  12 months ago

    Except we live in the safest time ever. Being scared isn’t based in reality, it’s the result of a sleazy and amoral Media desperate to get your attention so that they can sell you crap you don’t need.

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    clayface9 Premium Member 12 months ago

    It’s funny because it’s true.

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    TheDOCTOR  12 months ago

    Stephen may be referring to the Incident in Pittsburgh. ( STRONGER THAN HATE )

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    the1951hapster  12 months ago

    I’m reminded of Charles Laughton’s portrayal of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, pleading only for “sanctuary” from the mob. As bellringer in the church tower, even he knew that he was supposed to be in a safe place.It was not to be then, nor is it in today’s world. Quasimodo’s threat was an angry (and ignorant) mob. Today our churches, synagogues, and mosquesare threatened by lone gunmen, in possession of weapons that give them the effectiveness of a mob. Today’s true mobsters call themselves leaders, yet in the wake of so many atrocious mass murderers, all they can do is send “thoughts and prayers” to victims, rather than lead a push to outlaw the weaponry that can turn a madman into a lethal mob. Those leaders who pander to the whims of the NRA have no capacity to think of a solution, just as they lack the compassion to utter a meaningful prayer that the madness will end.

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    Leojim  12 months ago

    Home! Armed and ready….just in case

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    CharlesTarrant  12 months ago

    Anybody remember major Hassan? He was on an Army base.

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    grafdog  12 months ago

    Guys, you’re trolling yourselves if you think that getting rid of guns gets rid of killers.

    Criminals have ALWAYS got their hands on whatever they want; they don’t abide by the law, that’s what makes them CRIMINALS, you sheep. You take the guns, the only people you take them from are the people who abide by the law, leaving them defenseless.

    Why don’t you research how many lives are saved by guns yearly (being fired, not even to mention just being brandished)? Why don’t you research what the UK is like without guns? Shoot, all you feminists are all about empowering women, #metoo. You know what’s most likely to keep a woman from being raped? That’s right, a handgun… not a shotgun tucked in her purse, Biden you idiot. Talk about equalizing. Without a gun, the average woman is not going to make it in a physical, violent situation with an average man. With a gun, her chances go up by 500%.

    Would you all just quit being scared rabbits and get educated? There are two kinds of people in this gun-control debate: those who have guns, those who are educated and trained and knowledgeable, and those who are scared, acting out of emotion and fear, and don’t even know what “semi-automatic” means.

    Wake up and speak logically and rationally, not out of emotion and fear and ignorance.

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    amaryllis2 Premium Member 12 months ago

    Thank you for this strip. I wish the people like the guy just above this blaming people for being afraid of what our actual current reality is would wake up. I live in California, but a dear friend in Pittsburgh lost a lot of people dear to her. We are all connected and every senseless death should be important to every one of us.

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    markmoss1  12 months ago

    Here’s two: gun shows and NRA conventions.

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    ncha8156  12 months ago

    Pearls Before Swine will always be able to make you think.

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    Sportymonk  12 months ago

    Just so everybody gets to see just another in a long list of why you need to have a gun to protect yourself and your loved ones. I hope she had it on her and didn’t have to go get it. Safest way to have a gun is POGO – Pants On, Gun On. Kids can’t access it and you are always ready.

    An inmate who had escaped minutes earlier from a county jail in South Carolina was shot and killed by a woman after he kicked in her back door, the local sheriff said.The inmate was still in his orange jail jumpsuit and had grabbed a knife sharpening tool from the woman’s kitchen in Pickens as he headed toward her bedroom around 3 a.m. Tuesday, Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark said.

    “This was a big guy. If she hadn’t had a weapon there’s no telling what would have happened,” Clark said. “I gave her a big hug. I told her how proud I was of her.”

    The woman was home alone and had gone through training to get a concealed weapons permit, Clark said.

    Bruce McLaughlin Jr., 30, died from a gunshot to the head, Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley said.

    BUT LET’S HEAR WHAT THE SHERIFF said, ""This is the shining example" of why owning and knowing how to use a gun is important, the sheriff said.“She came out on the good on this end and the other guy, the bad guy, didn’t,” Clark said."

    Law enforcement sure seems to know the truth!

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