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Sure Shots

What’s frustrating about this week’s new Dustinland comic, is that when I created it less than a week ago, it was very relevant. But between that time and the day of the week when I normally publish new comics, Trump has essentially started a new war with Iran, making any other current event-related political content irrelevant. Basically, I cannot keep up with the insanity — you really can’t unless you’re publishing daily, or maybe even hourly.

That being said, this comic was inspired by the Texas church shooting where a guy tried to shoot a bunch of people, but only shot two people before being shot himself by what was essentially an undercover church security guy. In the comic I do try to be a bit more neutral than your average anti-gun screed, although I do make fun of MAGA red hat types throughout, but I can’t help that part.

Slippery Slope

This week’s new Dustinland comic tackles a particularly annoying argument tactic used frequently by conservatives (well, really Trump supporters so basically hypnotized fascists): The Slippery Slope! Any regulation can be argued against by saying, “oh well it starts here and then where does it end?!” Obviously this is ridiculous because we live in a society that must be governed and managed by rules, and if we stand by the philosophy of slippery slope, then any rule can be argued against. “I can’t murder?! What’s next, I can’t defend my own property against a band of armed robbers!” It’s just a thread of nonsense, but that doesn’t stop the NRA from using it every day.

I’m sure people on the left use it too from time to time, but right now the country is essentially being overtaken by an illegal rightwing coup, so that’s my bigger focus for the time being. If the country doesn’t devolve into a complete dictatorship, if the economy doesn’t collapse as the rest of the world begins to isolate us (except our new best friends, Russia), if the boiling planet doesn’t burn us off into extinction along with every other disappearing species, then maybe I’ll make some more comics that point out problems with liberals. Until then I will focus on the party that thinks science is magic and guns are peaceful and up is down.

The Gun Debate

I don’t want people to get this week’s Dustinland comic wrong: It’s not that I’m saying the gun debate isn’t important (although I do think there are more important issues). I’m saying that you can’t argue rationally with people who are illogically obsessed with one issue.

Now, let’s say climate change is your one issue. I get it. The future of the human race is at risk. Or maybe you’re religious and abortion is your one issue. Hey, if you believe God is telling you to stop killing babies, that’s a pretty important issue in your world. But to believe that out of all the issues in the world, gun rights is by far the most important? That is some crazy shit.

I can only imagine what it’s like to live that way. In a constant state of fear, believing that you CANNOT be safe without a gun. That at any moment a horrible intruder will burst through your door with the intent to murder you. Or maybe it’s deeper. You need the gun to feel strong. Let’s be honest, it’s your dick. It’s like a fancy car or a big truck but better. NO ONE CAN FUCK WITH ME NOW. You’re basically still in junior high. Or maybe you had some serious issues as a child, maybe you were robbed or brutalized in the past. Maybe that would at least make sense as to why anyone would be so insanely obsessed with guns as to place gun ownership at the top of all voting issues in a world as screwed up as ours, and at a level where you’re okay with convicted felons and terrorist watch list members being able to buy an assault rifle no problem.

I’m not saying there aren’t reasonable people who are in favor of gun rights. I’ve argued with a gun rights lobbyist on a friend’s podcast once. He had some good points. Again, what I’m saying is that it’s pretty nutty to make this the most important thing in your life.

P.S. If this seems repetitive, I’m just trying to make my point clear here to avoid the onslaught of trolls, although I expect some of it no matter what.