Ghostbusters

NRA Slimers


President Joe Biden announced last week new regulations for ghost guns. Naturally, the National Rifle Association and Republicans are upset. But first, what is a ghost gun?

These guns are referred to as “ghosts” as they don’t have serial numbers and can’t be traced or tracked. Why is that? It’s because they’re created from DIY kits, do it yourself. They’re also created from other gun parts and even 3-D printed. These kits are legal. And anyone can purchase a DIY gun kit.

You don’t need a background check to purchase one of these “buy build shoot” kits. You can be convicted of domestic violence or other violent offenses and still be able to purchase a kit to make a gun. You don’t even have to be 18. A child can steal his parent’s credit card and order a gun kit. They’re also pretty simple and there are probably YouTube videos out there with instructions on how to build your gun. Don’t forget to subscribe.

These things are not like pellet guns. They’re real bonafide guns. Earlier this year, a student in Maryland, allegedly, shot a classmate. In 2019 a student shot five other students at a high school Santa Clarita, California.

The new rules will make the kits be regulated like other guns. You will only be able to purchase them legally through a licensed manufacturer. You will have to pass a background check. These guns will have serial numbers. What market are these manufacturers aiming for since they haven’t given them serial numbers already?

Nearly everything you purchase has a serial number. The computer, tablet, or phone you’re reading this on has a serial number. My guitars all have serial numbers. Cars have serial numbers. The parts inside the cars have serial numbers. Why wouldn’t a product made with only one purpose, to kill people, not have a serial number? Mattresses come with warnings not to tear off a tag with a serial number but these guns don’t have them?

Model airplanes you can purchase in a kit and build yourself come with…wait for it…serial numbers. Ghost guns only exist for people who can’t legally buy guns.

Of course, the NRA doesn’t like this. They responded in a statement that said the Biden administration isn’t “truly sincere” on curbing violent crimes until criminals are put behind bars. The NRA isn’t sincere about curbing violent crimes when they’re opposing efforts to stop putting weapons into the hands of violent criminals. Again, ghost guns are made for criminals.

Andrew Arulanandam, an NRA spokesgoon, said, “An administration that’s truly sincere and resolute about curbing violent crime rates would do one thing: take violent criminals off the streets immediately. Yet, the Biden administration allows these criminals who kill and maim with callous and reckless abandon, again and again, to roam the streets of Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and other cities large and small across our country without fear of prosecution and punishment. Also, my balls still haven’t dropped. Thanks, a lot, Biden!”
I might have added that last part.

The goon added, “Americans know the lenient bail system and the revolving door justice system supported and perpetrated by the Biden administration and other leaders who support soft-on-criminal policies are the problem.”

These are two separate issues. Another separate issue is Russian money going into the NRA which then spends it on Republican political campaigns. We could multitask and regulate ghost guns while also charging NRA officials for violating campaign donation laws. I bet they’d appreciate that “lenient” bail system in then.

The goon also said about the president, “His gun control actions will undoubtedly hearten his wealthy gun control supporters.” The NRA took thousands of dollars from the Russian government while Russian spies were infiltrating its ranks. Russia has strict gun laws while Vladimir Putin loves helping the NRA put more guns on the street so people in this country will keep shooting each other. There are still questions about who financed an NRA “special projects” trip to Moscow.

House Republican goon Thomas Massie was also livid about the new regulations. He tweeted, “The Constitution does not authorize the federal government to prevent you from making your own firearm.” Yeah? It also doesn’t prohibit DIY guns from being regulated like other guns. The Biden administration is NOT banning making your own gun. See the trick in the goon’s statement?

Included with that tweet was, “This a fact that has been recognized for 200+ years. Also, Article 1, Section 1 (literally the first operative sentence in the Constitution) says Congress makes law, not POTUS!” But aren’t the laws regulating guns already made? Background checks are already law. These gun kits are guns. They should fall into the laws that already exist, you know…the ones made by Congress. By the way, there’s not an IQ test to be a member of Congress. Also, this goon didn’t tweet “Congress makes laws, not the president” about any of Donald Trump’s 220 executive orders.

Also, I don’t want to hear another MAGA goon cite the Constitution when they allowed a president (sic) to extort the president of Ukraine and incite a coup attempt.

You would think the NRA and Republicans would want these guns regulated. Instead of providing deflections and distractions with a bunch of whatabouts, they should be leading the charge to regulate guns. Regulating guns is not taking guns away. Why are they protecting a system that makes it easier for bad guys to get guns? Why are they supporting children buying guns?

The NRA and Republican position in support of unregulated ghost guns will do nothing but create more ghosts.

Music note: I listened to a bunch of REM and Pearl Jam while drawing today.

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First off, let me apologize if I put an ear worm in your head. I read an article a couple days ago where Ray Parker Jr., the writer of the original version of the theme to Ghostbusters, wasn’t very thrilled with the new cover that’s going with the reboot of the movie. I haven’t listened to the cover because it’s by Fallout Boy (they’re still around?). I wonder if Parker has as much displeasure with the cover as Huey Lewis (And The News) had with his ripping off his much better tune, “I Want A New Drug.”

I decided to insert Trump’s sexism into this cartoon, as a lot of people were really unhappy when it was first announced the new Ghostbusters would be women. Last year a lot of people were cheesed off that the new Stars Wars had a black storm trooper. In a galaxy with all sorts of species you’re gonna tell me you would walk into the Mos Eisley Cantina and have an issue that there’s a black guy in there? I was glad the prequels gave us Mace Windu so Lando Calrissian wasn’t the only black guy in the galaxy. Samuel L. Jackson is always the only black guy. Yes. I am a Star Wars geek.

I remember going to see the original Ghostbusters in theaters when it came out. I thought it was a great movie, especially considering they wrote it while filming, had to basically blackmail Bill Murray to do it, and Eddie Murphy had dropped out. I have no issue with women as the new Ghostbusters because I’ve seen each of these hilarious actors in other projects and I can’t think of any men today who could match them (maybe the guys from “Horrible Bosses”). I an’t wait to see the movie.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made some comments about what a disaster Donald Trump would be as president. She said he’s “fake.” Trump took that insult very quietly and with great dignity. Nah!!!!! He exploded (where else?) on Twitter. He said she should resign and “her mind is shot.” Donald Trump is questioning someone else’s sanity, a Supreme Court Justice at that.

I don’t think Ginsburg should have weighed in on the race, but so what? I also don’t think Antonin Scalia should have gone duck hunting with Dick Cheney while he was hearing cases involving the Bush administration.

By the way: With names for those who bust ghosts like Venkman, Stantz, Spengler, Zeddemore, and Holtzmann, I think a “Ginsburg” would fit right in.

Best line from Ghostbusters that everyone should carry with them through life was not delivered by Bill Murray but by Ernie Hudson: “When someone asks you if you’re a God, you say yes!”

Especially if that someone’s a demon.

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