3000 Gun Deaths Since New Town (Guest Cartoonist)

3000 Gun Deaths Since New Town
by Mike Peters

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Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and comic strip cartoonist. His favorite expression “WHAT A HOOT” certainly sums up his outlook on his life and work which are inexorably entwined. Mike’s warm, easygoing and zany demeanor is evidence that his personality matches his creative talents. As so eloquently phrased by a colleague — “Mike is the Peter Pan of the cartooning world; he’s boyishly charming, good with a rapier and doesn’t spend a lot of time on the ground. And he doesn’t seem to want to grow up”.

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  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    Very effective graphic, Mike — I hate to call it a cartoon because of the tragic nature of the subject.

    (And I do believe that there are about 3,000 human beings depicted — if I counted right before going cross-eyed)

    Sad that some will just see this as just another attempt to “demonize” the NRA and see each figure as one or more bullets fired “within the purview” of the Second Amendment.

  • dduck

    Why aren’t more people blasting a disingenuous Harry Reid? Why didn’t more people explain to a very well meaning Feinstein that her strategy was doomed and played right into the NRA’s hands?
    Yes, politicians, all the way to the top, are responsible for some of the next 3000.

  • brcarthey

    I agree dduck. I applaud Feinstein’s determination and compassion on the legislation, but it was doomed for both legislative and cowardly reasons. It was also misguided because it was very convoluted instead of being pretty straightforward and simplistic, which is what many Americans need in there bills rather than a bunch of legalese. I’ll add more this evening when I’m done traveling.

  • brcarthey

    1 man tries to blow up a plane with his shoes, now we all have to remove and x-ray our shoes.

    1 man tries to hide a bomb in his underwear, now we all have to remove and x-ray our belts.

    1 man blows up a plane with a bomb-laden radio (“boom-box”), now we have to have big electronics x-rayed.

    Over 30 mass gun deaths/shootings (5+ people) have been committed since 1998…and all we have done since then is continually loosen gun restrictions and laws.

    Who says America doesn’t have a gun fetish?

  • slamfu

    Nothing anyone has proposed will make a difference. The fact is even if we close all guns shops tomorrow and forever 2 things remain. First, Americans LOVE guns. Even me, and I want to put really strict gun control laws in place. But I love to shoot them, I love hunting, and I want one in my home in case of violent threats. Not a likely situation, but a possible one.

    Second, there are already over 300 million guns in circulation in this country. That is the scope of the problem with gun control, 300 millions. More loose guns than in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya combined. Take a second and wrap your head around that. And “gun control” legislation is worried about pistol grips and having a 15+ capacity magazine as opposed to a 10 shot magazine, either of which can be swapped out in less than 5 seconds and your shooting may resume. Add to that we have the 2nd amendment, which is likely the most poorly worded and most easily manipulated sentence ever written in the English language, which just so happens to be enshrined in our nation’s most sacred document as a Right, and the situation gets ever murkier.

    I’m sure there is a fix to this situation. But anything put forth that has “pistol grips” as a defining characteristic of the problem is doomed to failure out of sheer ignorance of the underlying problem.

  • http://www.americaincontext.com Barky

    It’s simple: the only way to fix that we have 3000 gun deaths in four months is to ease up on the rules so we can have 6000 gun deaths in four months.

    That’ll learn ‘em!

  • zephyr

    Slamfu’s comment gets to the nitty gritty. We waited too long. How do we address the problem once we’ve allowed it to grow so enormous? The lessons: Don’t let a loud, irrational, and immature minority of people determine policy for all of us.

  • dduck

    Z, waited too long so give up? So do nothing? I’m sure the parents in Chicago would like to have the fewer gun environment that we have in NYC.

  • justcowboyway

    Mr Slamfu,

    Good comment.

  • http://cma-steadystate.blogspot.com steadystate

    Depending on your source, there’s been a lot said in this debate in the undercurrent about the ATF’s inability to enforce current laws because it has essentially been neutered. What’s to say that new laws would even be enforceable?

    I’m sometimes curious about who owns all the guns. Most people I know own 0 or MAYBE 1; granted most of my friends are college graduates, many of whom have their doctorates in a STEM field. When you consider there are 300M guns out there, it really begs the question. That’s a spit-ton of guns. Should the government be concerned about militia groups? Should it be concerned about homegrown terrorism or another civil war? Guess we’ll never know because we can’t even track guns [whether we want to or not] (this IS an appropriate time to bring up “Fast and Furious”).

  • zephyr

    Of course we don’t give up dd, but we need to admit the scale of the problem and understand how we reached this point before we can move forward.

  • dduck

    Z, admit scale big, reached this point, still not understanding moving forward part.