gun control

Bump Stock


cjones10082017

There’s something seriously messed up about you if you’re inspired to purchase a new gun accessory by a mass murderer. Whatever is wrong with you is no small thing.

After it was reported the Las Vegas shooter used bump stocks to modify about a dozen of the weapons used to kill 58 people, the small-penis collective rushed out to get their very own. It may make your semi-automatic rifle fire like a machine gun, but it won’t turn you into Ron Jeremy. Your bump stock won’t increase your chances of bumping uglies.

What exactly is a bump stock? It’s a device you attach to the butt of a rifle. It harnesses the gun’s natural recoil, and with the right hand grip it allows a shooter to push the rifle away from the body to bounce, or bump, the weapon into the trigger finger. Combine this with a magazine holding as many as 60 to 100 rounds and the shooter can fire dozens of rounds in seconds.

The bump stock doesn’t turn your gun into an automatic weapon, but it makes it act like one. With one of these devices combined with a high-capacity magazine, a shooter can kill 58 people in a crowd by shooting from a hotel room on the 32nd floor, and he doesn’t even have to aim.

There is now a call to ban these things. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said he’s open to discussing this ban. He said he had never even heard of these things before, and he’s a sportsman. What the hell does being a sportsman have to do with shooting a gun as rapidly as possible? Are you trying to decapitate wildlife with your gun?

AR-15s and AK-47s are not made for “sportsmen.” They’re not even made for self-defense. These things are made to kill people, and to overcompensate for that small penis condition. I suppose an AK-47 is cheaper than a Porsche.

Several Republicans, including the dotard-moron in the White House, are open to discussing banning bump stocks. Even the NRA has said they’re open to regulating these things. There’s the catch. Regulating.

We don’t need to regulate bump stocks. We need to ban them. These things are legal to own and sell, though it’s illegal to actually use them. Do you want me to explain how that makes sense? I can’t.

The NRA issued a statement which partly reads, “the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law.” They’re not calling for more legislation or a ban on bump stocks. They’re even blaming Obama for the legality of bump stocks.

The ATF approved the sale of bump stocks during the Obama administration. They felt they shouldn’t regulate them since they the invention did not technically alter a gun’s trigger mechanism. The NRA, Rush Limbaugh, Breitbart, and Kellyanne Conway, not letting a tragedy pass to get in more digs, are blaming Obama. Never mind the fact that legislation introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein after the 2012 shooting of elementary students in Newtown, Connecticut would have banned the bump stock…but you know, Republicans killed that.

The NRA is clever, as there is more to their statement which shows their real goal. It reads, “[W]e urge Congress to pass National Right-to-Carry reciprocity, which will allow law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their families from acts of violence.”

The NRA is jingling a shiny object in front of the public while calling for more laws to increase gun ownership. They are using the tragedy in Las Vegas to further the failed argument that more people with guns will stop bad guys with guns, though that never, ever, ever, ever, ever happens. It couldn’t have happened in Vegas. Do we really want a crowd of 20,000 people firing back at the Mandalay Hotel?

Let’s ban bump stocks but not lose focus while doing so. We need to also ban high-capacity magazines. Let’s stop selling semi-automatic weapons. You don’t need them for self-defense. Let’s put a limit on how many guns a single person is allowed to own, and let’s license and test people on a regular basis on their mental capacity and ability to own a gun. Let’s limit how much ammunition you can possess (if you’re such a good shot, you only need one bullet anyway). While we’re at it, let’s end all sales at gun shows. If that’s too complicated, then let’s just go ahead and end gun shows period. Let’s stop encouraging this national gun fetish we have that makes the rest of the world wonder just what the fuck is wrong with us.

Does this sound like I hate the Second Amendment? I don’t. Gun nuts love to say they’re “Second Amendment” people, which is a lie. It’s the only part of the Constitution they cling to, and they neglect a huge portion of that amendment. These fucknuts never cite the “well-regulated militia” part of the amendment. None of these people are in “well-regulated” militias. And, they all freak out when you bring up regulations.

The Second Amendment was written during a time when the most advanced gun was a musket. It’s as outdated as the Third Amendment, which states the government can’t put soldiers in your house. That amendment was a response to the British habit of lodging soldiers in private residences during the build up of the American Revolution. That would also explain why we threw all that tea into Boston Harbor. You want your morning tea, you snooty Brit? Go swim for it!

Quite frankly, the odds of you using a semi-automatic weapon to defend your family are about as good as Theresa May trying to board a bunch of Royal Marines in your spare bedroom.

There are plenty of rifles, shotguns, and pistols you can own. Nobody needs an Uzi. There are also pills you can take for your penis. Ask Wayne LaPierre. He can probably make some suggestions.

Creative notes: I like to come up with ideas for my cartoons that are so weird, basically no other cartoonist will be able to think of them. I probably actually succeed at it about one percent of the time. This one might fall into that. When I was drawing my cartoon about Trump and paper towels, I was worried someone else would have the same idea. This one, not so much. I mean, who else is going to put a bump stock in a Republican’s butt?

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print. All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.

Advertisements

It Happened in Vegas


cjones10042017

The lieutenant governor of Nevada said yesterday was a great day for America. It was a great day for us because we all came together. Strangers helped strangers. Blood drives are over capacity. Go-Fund-Me’s are raising millions of dollars. The president slowly read through a prepared script and momentarily didn’t sound like an insane douche bag. We are giving each other thoughts and prayers. What a great day. What a crock of horse shit.

How about we stop having these great days when we all have to come together and give thoughts and prayers? Why can’t we have horrible days, like they do in Japan, Sweden, England, Canada, Australia, and everywhere else on the planet where they don’t have to constantly be coming together to give each other thoughts and prayers because this shit doesn’t happen anywhere else at the rate it happens in America.

And the thing is, Las Vegas isn’t anymore dangerous than any other place in the nation. That means, it can be dangerous at any given moment. How about it stop being potentially life-threatening to go to an outdoor concert, or a movie theater, or a university, or a gay nightclub, or an elementary school, or a church, etc?

We don’t know the shooter’s motives yet because he’s not brown with a beard. We don’t know what restrictions to place on us other than ignoring our gun laws. Did the guy suffer from a health crisis? Was he mentally unstable? Did he have gambling debts? Did his girlfriend just dump him? Did he really hate that Big Green Tractor song? Do we ban bad health, gambling, girlfriends, and crappy, corny, gag-inducing country songs or just all songs about tractors? Because we’re not going to touch our gun laws.

Our Second Amendment is really important. If you listen to conservatives, it means we should have access to anything that has been built to kill people. Did the founding fathers want us to have nuclear weapons or mustard gas, or does it stop at semi-automatic weapons with magazines capable of holding up to 30 bullets?

I stayed out of the online debates today, but I read a few. One of my conservative fucktard friend’s first priorities was to defend guns. He said they weren’t built to kill, they were built for sportsmen and defending your family. That’s some more bullshit. When was the last time you read about a guy needing an Uzi to defend his family from a burglary or to stop a holdup at a Starbucks? Why is it a violation of your freedom to restrict the amount of ammunition one has, or the number of semi-automatic rifles one owns. Would it violate your freedom if we stop selling semi-automatic rifles that can easily be made into automatic weapons with a $50 converting kit and a YouTube video? Why do innocent people have to do die because you have to compensate for your tiny penis?

We don’t change our gun laws. We even made it easier for mentally unstable people and sketchy people on the no-fly list to buy guns. And, we have thoughts and prayers. Each time this happens we give thoughts and prayers. And when it happens again, we give more thoughts and prayers, and we do it the next time and the next time. I’m starting to think thoughts and prayers aren’t enough.

I’ve already seen a few cartoons on this. The conservative cartoonists (and there are several) didn’t touch the gun subject. They had Uncle Sam hugging, or Hell was waiting for the bad guy. Bad guys don’t go to Hell. Bad guys rent corner suites on the 32nd floor overlooking an outdoor concert and bring Hell to everyone else. The bad guy has over 23 semi-automatic weapons in his hotel suite because they’re easy to purchase in America, and he had 19 more at home. When the rare shooting does occur in another nation, you don’t hear of the bad guy owning 42 fucking guns.

Am I the only one this sounds ridiculous to? Forty-two guns. Our freedom mandates someone can own 42 guns? I don’t think I own 42 of anything. Hell, I only have five guitars, six if you count the one sitting busted in a guitar case.

Do we even mark this as an act of terrorism? If the guy was brown you can bet your ass Donald Trump would have tweeted out it was definitely terrorism. But in this case, the guy was old, rich, white, angry and born in the good ole U.S. of A. In fact, he sounds like he fits Donald Trump’s demographic. Maybe we should deport old, fat, rich, angry, American-born white guys.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the president’s spokesgoon, said, “now is not the time to discuss gun control.” Right about the point that we can talk about gun control there comes another incident making it the time not to talk about gun control. But, we can thoughts and prayers the shit out of it.

I gave up on this nation ever doing anything about the mass distribution of guns when we decided we can live with 20 children being gunned down in an elementary school. It’s easier to live with dead babies than with restrictions on our guns, or worse yet…gun lobbies not handing checks to Republicans. But, we can give those children thoughts and prayers. If you’re accepting money from the NRA or defending the rampant mass distribution and easy access to weapons only designed to kill human beings, there is no amount of thoughts and prayers that will wipe the blood from your hands.

Personally, I’d rather be forced to listen to that Big Green Tractor song than hear one more person say “thoughts and prayers.”

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print. All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.

Alexandria Shooting


cjones06172017

A shooter opened fire on Republican members of Congress as they were practicing in Alexandria, Virginia for a charity baseball game against their Democratic colleagues. Representative Steve Scalise was shot in the hip.

According to reports, the gunman is a harsh Trump critic and worked as a volunteer on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. Weird!

I was thinking how Alex Jones is back in the news with help from Megyn Kelly. Maybe he can assure those Republicans, who oppose gun control, that what they’re dodging on that Alexandria baseball field is a hoax.

Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through Paypal. Your support contributes to my work and continued existence. The starving cartoonist appreciates it. If you’ve donated in the past, THANK YOU!!!

Want a signed copy of this cartoon? Donate at least $50 and I’ll ship it to you. Make sure to mention in the note with your donation which cartoon you want along with the mailing address you need it shipped to. If it’s a gift, make sure to mention the recipient’s name so I can make it out to them.

Jump In This


cjones06222016

Did you like this cartoon? Want to help a cartoonist make a living? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through Paypal. I need to buy pens, paper, sandwiches, and dog food. The starving cartoonist and his Beagle appreciates it. If you’ve donated in the past, THANK YOU!!!

The McCain Blame


cjones06192016

On Thursday Senator John McCain blamed President Obama for creating ISIS and having a hand in the attack in Orlando. I guess he forgot about that entire episode where President Bush invaded the wrong country, destabilizing it and creating a world class recruitment center and haven for terrorists. It must have slipped his mind.

After accusing the president of treason and coming off as ridiculous as Donald Trump, McCain attempted to clarify his statement. He said his intention was to blame Obama’s policies, not as if Obama was personally cutting off journalists’ heads in the desert outside Raqqa.

McCain is in a tough primary race for his senate seat in Arizona. Now may not be the best time for him to make stupid statements. To retain his seat he needs to distance himself as far as possible from Donald Trump, not mimic him. What’s McCain’s next move, a photo op with a taco bowl while accusing himself of not being a war hero?

Before McCain picked a running mate in his failed presidential attempt in 2008, nobody outside Alaska has ever heard of Sarah Palin. Since that time we’ve suffered eight years of a tidal wave of stupidity that even Donald Trump has had trouble duplicating. Thanks, Senator. It’s the stupid that keeps on giving.

Speaking of stupid, Sarah Palin also had some criticism of President Obama this week. She probably does that every week but this one was noticeable. She said the president is a “special kind of stupid” over his efforts toward gun control. Seriously. Miss Right Winger Bitter Clinger has called someone else stupid. Next, her daughter will start lecturing about abstinence.

Did you like this cartoon? Want to help a cartoonist make a living? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through Paypal. I need to buy pens, paper, sandwiches, and dog food. The starving cartoonist and his Beagle appreciates it. If you’ve donated in the past, THANK YOU!!!

Orlando Tragedy


cjones06142016

Am I politicizing this?

The United States suffered the worst mass shooting in its history this past weekend. A shooter walked into a gay nightclub and started shooting people. At this point 50 are dead and over 50 are wounded.

The shooter claims he’s affiliated with ISIS. He has a history of homophobia and anger issues. Is it really important he’s citing ISIS and the Boston Marathon Bombers as inspiration?

It’s not about Islam or “radical” Islam. It’s about people being radical. Conservatives love to point out that Islam calls for the death of homosexuals. So does Christianity. Most Muslim governments that are theocracies ban homosexuality which is evidence that we don’t want to tie our government to Christianity or any religion. It’s bizarre that those who hate gays want us to focus on other groups who hate gays.

These conservatives aren’t asking how the shooter acquired his weapons. They’re more concerned with people referring to the AR-15 used as an “assault weapon.” Seriously, they have more sensitivity toward the weapon than to the victims.

Conservatives love to politicize people and use them to advance their agenda. They scapegoat. They create a climate of hate and fear where none previously existed. They do it out of hate hate and to distract from other issues. They scream about bathrooms being unsafe from trangenders though all the raping and pedophilia being done out there is by heterosexuals, and usually by very conservative and religious people. It’s always a great time to politicize someone until their politicizing feeds a tragedy. When the tragedy strikes they offer prayers to those they have been tarnishing, degrading, and dehumanizing.

Am I politicizing this? I could have gone with a memorial cartoon. In fact, the cartoonist who I most admire has already published a cartoon with tears for Orlando. When I’m angry, annoyed, and really pissed off, sentimentality doesn’t come easy to me. I’m not a chicken-soup-for-the-soul type of person.

Am I politicizing this? You bet your homophobic ass I am.

Did you like this cartoon? Want to help a cartoonist make a living? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through Paypal. I need to buy pens, paper, sandwiches, and dog food. The starving cartoonist and his Beagle appreciates it. If you’ve donated in the past, THANK YOU!!!

Gun-Free RNC


cjones03292016

There is a petition to allow guns at the Republican National Convention and so far it’s gained 25,000 votes.

The convention will be held at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The owners of the arena cite private property in not allowing guns at the convention. I don’t blame them. Would you really wanna be in a giant convention with a bunch of armed and angry Republicans? Hell, I don’t even want to share a bathroom with them.

The funny thing is the mystery over who’s behind the petition. Is it genuine gun nuts, er…gun rights enthusiasts or is it actually gun control advocates trolling the convention? Republicans are very easy to troll.

It’s ironic the Republicans would pick the city where a child, Tamir Rice, was gunned down by police for playing with a toy gun. The GOP is full of gun lovers who believe more guns prevent gun violence. They’re also blind supporters of the police whenever one of them decides to shoot an unarmed black male, or child.

It should also be interesting since Donald Trump has threatened a riot if he isn’t granted the nomination. Hey, let’s arm them while we’re at it. Let’s see what happens.

It’s also funny Republicans are all about everyone having guns and being able to take them into any coffee shop they choose, but don’t want them at their convention, gun shows (irony!), and from yesterday’s events, the United States Capitol.

You never know when some angry white Christian will show up armed and trying to shoot people. Maybe we should start patrolling white Christian neighborhoods before they become radicalized.

Did you like this cartoon? Want to help a cartoonist make a living? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through Paypal. I need to buy pens, paper, sandwiches, and dog food. The starving cartoonist and his Beagle appreciates it. If you’ve donated in the past, THANK YOU!!!