This week’s comic is about the gun control debate that has been hot and heavy ever since the awful Newtown massacre. Unlike most people, I took some time and did a lot of reading before I decided to weigh in on the matter, and even after all that I still don’t know what the answer is. Ultimately, like most issues it’s a complicated one. It’s easy for one side to say “guns are weapons, they are meant to kill, they are bad,” and it’s easy for the other side to say “guns don’t kill people, people do, I have my rights, guns are great.” But it’s hard to say both sides are right—and wrong—about certain aspects of the issue, and the answer is way more intricate than just yes or now.
The question, by the way, is not “Are guns good or bad?” but “What can we do about the extremely high rate of gun homicide in the U.S.?” Of course, there’s ending the war on drugs, but that’s too extreme for most politicians to stand behind. Then there’s decreasing poverty across the nation, but with two political parties that can’t agree on anything besides which lobbyists to take money from, it doesn’t look like much will happen on that front either. So I guess conservative politicians will line up with the NRA and liberal politicians will try to ban M-16s and nothing will change. The end.
P.S. I was recently on an Internet talk show (oddly enough, about vaporizers) debating some super gun rights dude about all this. You can listen to that here (I come in around the 20-minute mark or so).
P.P.S. As serious as this all is, I did try to have some fun with it. WHEEE!!!! GUNS! UNICORNS!