Guns

Shinzo


Japan is in shock over the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He was a towering figure in the nation having served as Prime Minister twice, stepping down both times for health reasons. He was shot while campaigning for the Liberal Democratic Party, which is actually the conservative party of Japan that consists of right-wing nationalists. Abe was the longest-serving Prime Minister in post-war history.

The nation isn’t just shocked over the assassination, which many are comparing to the assassination of JFK, but that he was murdered with a gun in broad daylight and that the shooter was able to get so close to him.

Japan has strict gun control laws and shootings are rare. Japan doesn’t have a gun-worshiping culture as we do here in the United States. Even the Yakuza, Japan’s mafia, refrains from using guns. Just one person was killed by gun violence in Japan in 2021. The United States has a much larger population than Japan, but it’s still lopsided that there were over 45,000 gun deaths here last year.

Japan has about 0.25 guns per 100 people and the U.S. has 125.5 guns per 100 people. Cops in Japan can deny gun ownership to a citizen just on suspicion he or she may do something dangerous. Gun control is so strict in Japan that it’s against the law to own a gun if you have declared bankruptcy.

Japan is a peaceful nation and even gunless homicides are rare with a rate of 0.26 per 100,000 people in 2020 while here in the United States, it was 7.5 per 100,000.

There are 12 steps to getting a gun in Japan. You have to join a hunting or shooting club, take a firearm class, pass a written exam and have at least a 95% accuracy in a shooting-range test, get a doctor’s note stating you are mentally fit and have no history of drug dependency, apply to take a full-day course in how to safely fire and store a gun, complete a police interview explaining why you want a firearm, pass a background check in which police review your criminal record, employment history, financial status and relationships with family/friends/neighbors, apply for a gunpowder permit, obtain a certificate from a gun dealer describing the gun you want, buy a gun safe and ammunition locker that meet safety regulations, allow the police to inspect your gun storage, and last but not least, conduct another background check.

After a Japanese civilian successfully purchases a gun, the police must inspect the gun annually and the owner must retake the class and a license renewal exam every three years. Most of the nation’s prefectures are limited to three gun stores each. In order for a gun owner to purchase new bullets, he must return the used rounds he bought during his last visit.

In the U.S, you basically just go to the gun store and point out the boom stick you want. The National Rifle Association would lose their shit if U.S. gun humpers had to go through even one of the steps gun owners have to take in Japan.

Japan is fine with us importing Big Macs and Whoppers, but they don’t want our gun fetish. Either do I. In fact, the rest of the world rejects our gun fetish. What’s our deal? Are we just a stupid simplistic nation? Probably. We did make Donald Trump president (sic).

Here, we refuse to get rid of guns even after mass shooting after mass shooting after mass shooting. We have chosen our gun fetish over the lives of children. Conservatives like to blame culture and they point out that gun violence this is extreme is fairly new, having increased just over the past 20 years or so…ignoring that the Assault Weapons Ban expired in 1994. Huh. I wonder if the increase in mass shootings since 1994 is somehow related to the expiration of that ban?

So, how did Abe’s killer get a gun in Japan? He didn’t buy it. He built it. Here in the U.S, you can buy a gun building kit without any sort of regulations getting in your way.

The gun used in Abe’s assassination looked like a barrel attached to a box with black electrical tape. Police found more guns and explosives at the killer’s home.

The United States is used as an example by gun-control proponents in other nations. Anytime a right-wing goon in another nation brings up a proposal to make owning a gun easier, his opponents bring up mass shootings in the USA.

Gun lovers here say you can’t compare us to other nations where they have very few gun deaths because those are extreme comparisons. But the fact is, we are the extreme comparison.

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Made Possible By The GOP


Part of the Supreme Court majority’s argument in overturning Roe v. Wade was that this nation needs more children available for adoption. Justice Samuel Alito cited a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on why so many “suitable homes” are available: “the domestic supply of infants … relinquished at birth or within the first month of life available to be adopted [has] become virtually nonexistent.”

Alito pushed aside the argument of the constitutionality of abortion and “adopted” the reasoning that we should ban abortion to stock up baby mills. A high demand for rich people to adopt is not justification for women to lose the constitutional right to make decisions regarding their own bodies.

Let me sidetrack for just one paragraph to counter COVID deniers who’ve created a false equivalence that choosing to wear a face mask is the same as choosing whether or not to have an abortion. They like to throw “my body, my choice” at liberals. This is so basically simple I can’t believe I have to explain it, but I don’t have a lot of choice in you giving me COVID. You wear a face mask to protect others. A woman you don’t know having an abortion doesn’t affect you, but you can catch COVID from ignorant obnoxious assholes who are stupid and selfish enough to politicize a pandemic.

Speaking of politicizing an issue, that’s exactly what Alito and the rest of the majority goons did with abortion. That’s exactly what you do when you leave out crucial facts to your sidebar that when revealed, turn it into total gobblygook bullshit. Research shows that 90 percent of women who choose not to have an abortion end up keeping the child, not giving it up for adoption.

Republicans always argue they want “constitutionalists” to be judges. Yeah, me too. These right-wing goons on the highest court in the land rely more on fucknut talking points than the United States Constitution.

Adoption is for the rich and powerful, which means the product has to come from the poor. Basically, the Supreme Court wants poor women to be baby mills for the rich. The average cost of adopting a child in the United States is around $70,000. SCOTUS is less concerned with the Constitution and more concerned with capitalism.

Adoption is a great thing. I’m not dissing it and I’m not trying to put people down for being wealthy enough to adopt. I want every child in need of a home to find one. I love that there have been two adoptions in my own family (neither were babies). But, we shouldn’t purposely create children for adoption. Republicans are making the decision for women to use their bodies to be baby factories so the elite will have more options to adopt.

But it’s not just with forcing women to give birth where Republicans are great at creating parentless children.

Aiden McCarthy is two years old and he doesn’t have parents because they were both murdered during a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park this week. Kevin and Irina, Aiden’s parents, were murdered with the type of assault rifle Republicans and the NRA fight to make available to every person in the United States. They continue to resist, not just bans to these killing machines that nobody needs, but they even resist regulations for them.

The killer in Highland Park bought his assault rifle legally, even after at least two encounters with police. One encounter was over a suicide threat and the other was when a family member reported him saying he was going to “kill everyone.” Highland Park police confiscated 16 knives, a dagger, and a sword without arresting him.

Later, the then-19-year-old future murderer applied for a firearm owner’s identification card, which his father sponsored despite the kid’s past threats. The future killer passed four background checks. FOUR FUCKING BACKGROUND CHECKS. There were reports on this guy with the Highland Park Police and the Illinois State Police.

Now, because of our wishy-washy laws and regulations regarding assault weapons in this nation, Aiden McCarthy’s parents along with five others are dead. In addition to overturning Roe, the Supreme Court also weakened gun laws two weeks ago.

So, yeah. The Pro-Death Party is good at creating orphans for adoption.

Music note: I listened to Puddle of Mudd. Yeah, I know, but I like about five of their songs.

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Well Ain’t That America…


When I grew up, Chevrolet had an advertisement that America was “baseball, hotdogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet.” It was catchy and it worked. America is all of those things and much more…like racism, oppression, inequality, an economic system of the haves and have-nots…and mass shootings.

The gun massacre at Highland Park yesterday during a Fourth of July parade seems kinda horribly appropriate. The nation isn’t really that shocked. It’s also not surprising that the shooter is probably a Trumper who’s been spotted attending at least one Trump rally dressed as Where’s Waldo (which I’ve actually put in cartoons in the past. I’m buying a lottery ticket later today).

Yesterday, the National Rifle Association tweeted, “The only reason you’re celebrating Independence Day is because citizens were armed.” A short time later, they tweeted the same point again, “We are a country because of brave souls with guns who valued and fought for liberty and freedom,” accompanied by a gif of a head-turning bald eagle. America, goddammit.

If you failed history then you probably believe the “only” reason you’re celebrating Independence Day is because a bunch of farmers has flintlock muskets, but in reality, our independence from Great Britain, at least for the white colonists, is based on a lot of complicated factors. Since the NRA wants to focus on guns, let’s start there. It’s estimaged that 90 percent of American troops carried guns supplied by France and were entirely dependent upon that nation for gunpowder. We did NOT win the Revolutionary War solely on private gun ownership.

When the Second Amendent was written, bullets weren’t even invented yet, and neither had Ak-47s and AR-15s.

Another fun inconvenient fact is that the new gun law bill President Biden signed into law last week wouldn’t have done a damn thing to even slow Highland Park shooter down from purchasing his assault rifle, which according to reports, he purchased legally.

Hell, Kyle Rittenhouse purchased his gun illegally yet there was no prosecution of that. This nation has accepted assault weapons to the point that nobody, including the cops, questioned a 17-year-old kid stomping around playing Rambo in the streets of downtown Kenosha with an AR-15 late at night. Even after Kyle shot three people, the cops waved him by.

When white supremacist Dylann Roof was arrested after murdering nine people with a gun in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, the cops took him alive and to Burger King.

Yesterdays shooter was also taken alive. Remember, unarmed Jayland Walker was killed by eight cops after they fired at least 60 bullets into his body. Jayland was black. Ain’t that America?

Mass shootings in churches, public schools, movie theaters, concerts, and parades will keep being a part of America as long as Republicans and the NRA keep assault rifles available to the public.

America is under assault and we prioritized assault weapons over lives, including those of children, a long time ago. Pro-life my ass.

You can’t compare our gun culture to any other nation. Republicans and other assorted gun fetishists try, but they always leave out a crucial detail. Nobody has a gun culture like we do. Nobody worships death machines the way we do.

And ain’t that America? All the pink houses are bullet-ridden.

Music note: I listened to Hootie and The Blowfish’s album of covers today, which I had never listened to before. It’s not bad.

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Greitens Gun Metaphor


Here’s your cartoon for this week’s CNN Opinion newsletter. Please sign up to get these in your inbox every Sunday. 

Music note: I listened to some Incubus and Stone Temple Pilots while drawing all these bricks.

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SCOTUS Erode Us


The far-right troglodyte court of religious zealots had a very busy week.

First, they ruled that religious private schools can receive taxpayer money. Naturally, this violates the separation of church and state which is in the Constitution.

Claiming they can actually comprehend the Constitution, SCOTUS’ next move was to allow people to carry concealed guns in New York City. I’ve been looking but I can’t find “concealed-carry” in the Constitution but I did find “well-regulated.”

Finally, SCOTUS did exactly what we expected them to do and that was to overturn Roe v. Wade based, not on the Constitution, but on their religious zealotry. If you’re a right-wing gun-humping religious zealot who wants to control women and tell them what they can and can’t do with their bodies, then you had a good week.

SCOTUS is overriding their function. They are legislating. Take the abortion case for example. They were hearing a case about banning abortions after a set number of weeks. Instead of just issuing a decision on that case, they created new laws. This is literally legislating from the bench.

The case they were hearing didn’t ask the court whether abortion is or isn’t constitutional, probably because most of the justices on the court have said that abortion is precedent and settled law.

The scary thing is, this is establishing a new precedent (irony abounds) for the court to strike down laws they’re not even hearing arguments about.

What will the Supreme Court strike down next that nobody’s asking them about?

Music note: I listened to a bunch of girl rock while drawing this (which took a while). I jammed to Paula Cole, Alanis Morrisette, the Cranberries, Melissa Etheridge, and Soul Asylum. Siri thinks Soul Asylum are girls.

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Rino Hunting Season


The only thing Republicans hate more than Democrats, and we know it’s not white nationalist racist fascist terrorists, are RINOs.

A RINO is a Republican In Name Only. These are Republicans that other Republicans claim are too liberal. Most of the time, a RINO is just moderate or less extreme than his or her fellow Republicans.

Now, keep in mind that Republicans love to accuse the Democratic Party of not having a diversity of ideas, and they often call liberals “extreme leftists.” But the lack of diversity and the extreme in politics are all on the right.

Just one look at the Texas GOP’s platform crafted over the weekend shows you just how extreme Republicans are. And at the Houston convention where the platform was written and voted on, Republicans physically attacked another Republican for being a “RINO.” Texas Republicans attacked one of their own congressmen, Dan Crenshaw, and called him “Eyepatch McCain,” a reference to the late senator John McCain.

It takes an extreme Republican to believe comparing someone to John McCain is an insult and that making fun of someone for losing an eye while fighting for his nation is humorous.

But Dan Crenshaw is NOT a RINO. Either is Texas Senator John Cornyn, who they booed at the convention for working with Democrats on an extremely weak gun reform bill.

Other Republicans who are considered RINOs are Senators Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is a RINO. And, members of the House of Representatives, Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney are often called RINOs. But it’s not always moderate positions in politics that can get one labeled as a RINO.

Liz Cheney is not a RINO because she’s a moderate. She is a hard-right conservative who voted more with Donald Trump than Trump’s butt poodle Matt Gaetz. Cheney is called a RINO because she voted to impeach Trump, criticized Trump’s involvement with the January 6 attack to overturn an election he lost, and for sitting on the committee investigating Trump’s coup attempt.

Now, it’s not just about where you stand on giving billionaires tax cuts, tariffs, nuclear deals with Iran, support of Israel, abortion, guns, and out-of-control defense spending. It depends on where you stand on Trump. If you’re not sufficiently MAGA enough, then you’re a RINO and an enemy of the Republican Party which has now become more of a cult than an actual political party.

Liz Cheney is a far-right religious conservative (she is to the right of her father on gay marriage despite having a gay sister). She just also believes in democracy over fascism.

Now, former Missouri Governor and current Senate candidate Eric Greitens is running a political ad where he storms into a home with a SWAT team hunting RINOs.

“Join the MAGA crew,” Greitens, a former Navy SEAL, declares in the ad while toting a shotgun. “Get a RINO hunting permit. There’s no bagging limit, no tagging limit, and it doesn’t expire until we save our country.” Save our country from whom, the people fighting to save our country from fascism?

Greitens was ousted from the governorship and there are new accusations of blackmail, sexual misconduct, and child abuse. When that happens to a Republican candidate, they shift the focus to someone else, like RINOs. Maybe if we talk about RINOs then no one will want to talk about the accusations that Greitens committed spousal and child abuse to the point, that he loosened one of his children’s teeth.

Greitens mentions MAGA in his ad but he hasn’t won Trump’s endorsement yet, but he has appointed Donald Trump Jr’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, as national chair of his campaign, not because of her political savviness, but because she’s Donald Trump Jr’s girlfriend.

Guilfoyle has accused everyone calling for Greitens to step down of being RINOs, including Mitch McConnell. If Guilfoyle’s presence on the campaign doesn’t earn Greitens Trump’s endorsement, maybe at the very least it’ll keep him from criticizing the Greitens campaign.

Greitens’ ad is an endorsement of violence during a time of violence. Gun violence is out of control while Democrats and moderate Republicans are receiving death threats and Nazis are trying to attack Pride parades in Idaho. Kinzinger tweeted a letter from someone threatening to murder his family, including his newborn.

And because Republicans gaslight, they’re making demands for the Justice Department to go after Antifa and Jane’s Revenge. If you haven’t heard of Jane’s Revenge yet, you will.

Republicans promote violence and now they’re taking aim at their own members because they can’t tolerate diversity of opinions…or anyone who’s not MAGA enough. The GOP is the MAGA Party.

I predict before long, we’re going to see more political violence from the people who brought us the January 6 coup attempt.

Music note: I had nearly enough time to listen to two albums while drawing this and those two albums were the first album by the Gin Blossoms and Live’s “Throwing Copper.”

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Alright Alright Alright


Actor and Uvalde native Matthew McConaughey gave a passionate speech from the White House press room yesterday asking, “How can we make the loss of these lives matter?”.

McConaughey invoked the lives of the 19 children and two teachers murdered by a mass shooter two weeks ago in the town where he was born and where his mother was a school teacher. He described visiting Uvalde, “You could feel the pain, the denial, the disillusion, anger, blame, sadness, loss of lives, dreams halted.”

The Oscar-winning actor was in Washington to talk to President Biden and other lawmakers about stricter gun laws. Something the GOP clearly doesn’t even want to talk about. Last week, one Republican announced he would not run for reelection because of the backlash from his own party over his support for gun control. How dare he.

McConaughey said, “We can’t truly be leaders if we are only living for reelection.” He will now face backlash from Republicans and the NRA.

McConaughey and his wife, Camila Alves McConaughey, displayed a pair of green Converse high tops that were worn by ten-year-old Maite Rodriguez, one of the victims of the Uvalde massacre. She had drawn a heart on the right shoe over her toes. McConaughey said, “These are the same green Converse on her feet that turned out to be the only clear evidence that could identify her after the shooting.”

I’ve never been a fan of Matthew McConaughey. He’s a very likable guy but I always felt like he wasn’t acting. To me, he has always seemed to play the same character, himself. I think he did that yesterday. Yes, it was powerful and it was a presentation, but he wasn’t acting. What he said came straight from the heart.

Shortly after his speech, I saw memes made by goons trying to discredit him. They can’t take down his message so the only thing they had to destroy was him. There were the usual complaints of a movie star telling us how to live. There were memes taken from McConaughey’s movies where he’s pictured with a gun as if that makes him a hypocrite. It doesn’t.

Actors can give us their viewpoints. What makes you think our elected officials are more qualified? Have you seen the caliber of our elected officials? Have you heard the shit that comes out of the mouths of the likes of Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, Ted Cruz, or Marjorie Taylor Greene? I mean, if freedom means we can have any gun we want then it also means an actor can express his opinion publicly. Unlike Senator Tommy Tuberville, I bet Matthew McConaughey knows the three branches of government are NOT the House, Senate, and presidency. Maybe next time McConaughey comes to town, he can tell us how to lose a senator in ten days.

And McConaughey isn’t a hypocrite for playing a guy with a gun in a movie and being in favor of gun control. Anthony Hopkins probably isn’t in favor of cannibalism either. It’s called acting. Actors play characters. But the people calling McConaughey a hypocrite didn’t listen to his speech or they’re liars. He’s not for eradicating all guns. He’s a gun owner. Life is too complex for conservatives to understand. A gun owner can be in favor of gun control. You can own a car and believe drivers should be licensed and that cars should have tags, seatbelts, windshields, etc.

I don’t think I’ll ever be a huge fan of Matthew McConaughey as an actor or of his movies, although The Gentleman is kinda epic (I may have to rethink my position). But I like the man and I like where his heart is. He has principles and he’s using his star power to make a difference. Yesterday, his press conference was carried live by CNN, MSNBC, and…this one really surprised me, Fox News.

Quite frankly, I think that’s alright alright alright.

Creative note: I thought of this idea around 9 p.m. and spent the rest of the night thinking about how to draw it. I thought the shoes would be difficult. I drew the cartoon at 4 a.m. and it was easier than I expected. I kinda got into it which an artist always wants.

Music note: Other than “NRA,” there wasn’t any lettering for me to do so I went ahead and listened to a few tunes off my iPhone. Music distracts me while I’m lettering. I listened to Abba and Adele. I didn’t get out of the A’s.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Primetime Distraction


I drew on this issue for the CNN Opinion newsletter but I also wanted to do one for my clients. And I think I drew a mean one here. Proofreader Laura told me this is so grim that it’s not really a cartoon. She tells me stuff like that from time to time. One of my readers tweeted that Fox News is promoting another immigrant caravan crisis as a distraction. That sounds like a joke, but it’s not. Is this caravan also funded by “globalists?”

This Thursday, the January 6 Committee will have a live hearing during primetime at 8 PM. All the news networks will be carrying it except Fox News. They’re going to stick with their usual goon gaslight lineup of Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham, who I’m sure will each trash the hearing they’re not allowing their viewers to witness themselves.

Fox News can NOT air the hearings live and let their white nationalist audience form their own opinions. Fox News has to tell its viewers what they think about it, and that’s exactly what their racist viewers want.

Two of the individuals on Fox News’ primetime lineup are subjects of the committee’s investigation as a lot of the texts Trump’s chief-of-staff Mark Meadows received on January 6 during the riot were from Hannity and Ingraham. They were pleading with Meadows to get Trump to call off the riot even while they were on the air telling their viewers it was all a false flag and blaming Antifa.

CNN and MSNBC will provide live coverage which I’m sure will be awesome. Tune your channel to one of those networks.

The committee should be having a primetime hearing as it’s important the nation understand just how serious and dangerous the Trump attempt to overturn an election was and is. I saw a poll yesterday that only 40 percent of Americans believe Trump may be partly responsible for the attack. Americans need to understand that while he had help, it never would have happened without his support.

The Trump White House helped conduct multiple lawsuits and claims of election fraud and the lie that the election was stolen. They worked to replace state electors so that states Biden won would be counted for Donald Trump.

Trump and his goons tried to overturn an election they lost. They tried to install the losing candidate as an unelected president. This is fascism. Today, Republicans across the nation are changing election laws based on Trump’s lie that there was fraud in the 2020 election, and to enable future elections to be stolen by Republicans. In Florida, the Republican governor is personally re-writing congressional districts. This is fascism.

Instead of allowing voters to select their representatives, Republicans are selecting their voters.

The committee needs to create a program much in line with primetime so Americans can get it. James Goldston, a former producer and president of ABC News is helping with the presentation. This isn’t political. This is to save the country.

Axios reported that Goldston aims to help with presentations during the hearings that are “raw enough so that skeptical journalists will find the material fresh,” using a mixture of live witness testimony and pre-taped interviews.

The Hill reported that the committee’s goal is to create a captivating case for a large audience, particularly viewers who have made up their minds about the events of Jan. 6 or who are ready to move on from the attack.

There is suspense as the committee members have promised fresh material will be presented and they have not told us who will be called. Keep in mind, that they recorded every closed-door testimony. Will we see Javanka? Will Mike Pence show up? We all better stock up on popcorn.

I can’t wait to see this and I hope the nation can appreciate and understand the seriousness of the proceedings. I know voters have short memories but they should never forget the day Republicans tried to destroy our democracy or that today, they’re trying to cover it up.

More live hearings will follow but none of those will be during primetime, so this Thursday’s showing should be very special.

And I believe Republicans would rather there be another mass shooting than inquiries into Donald Trump’s white nationalist terrorist insurrection.

Over 800 people have been charged with crimes connected to the January 6 insurrection, with members of Proud Boys and Oathkeepers being added to the list yesterday. Over 800 have been charged and Trump isn’t one of them. Hopefully, after these hearings, that changes.

Music note: Today’s tunes to toon by were by The Shins and the Scissor Sisters.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Can’t Get Enough of Your Guns, Baby


President Joe Biden delivered a rare primetime address last night urging Congress to pass tough gun regulations, saying it’s time to “stop the carnage.” It’s past time to stop the carnage.

President Biden noted how Congress has done nothing to stop gun violence after decades of mass shootings, and said, “After Columbine, after Sandy Hook, after Charleston, after Orlando, after Las Vegas, after Parkland, nothing has been done. This time, that can’t be true. This time we must actually do something.”

Biden is calling for banning assault weapons and limiting high-capacity magazines but says if we can’t get Republicans to ban assault weapons, then at least raise the age when they can be legally purchased from 18 to 21. 

There is a group of so-called moderate Democrats and Republicans in the Senate working on legislation to get at least ten Republican votes, but while Democrats seek to legislate guns, Republicans look to legislate mental health and doors. We’re still dealing with people who believe the answer to too many guns is more guns.

Biden said, “My God, the fact that the majority of the Senate Republicans don’t want any of these proposals even to be debated or come up for a vote, I find unconscionable.”

Enter Congressman Greg Steube.

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday where gun legislation was being debated, Greg Steube was zooming from his home in Florida (of course it was Florida) and showed off his gun collection. It was creepy.

Did you hear about the Florida Man eaten by an alligator while swimming in a lake fetching frisbees? I say let’s throw all of Steube’s guns in that same alligator-infested lake and let’s see what happens.

As Steube showed one gun after another (it was like a clown car for guns), Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee said, “I hope the gun is not loaded.” That alone was enough of a threat to Steube’s gun fetish for him to respond, “I’m in my house, I can do whatever I want with my guns.” As Biden said, “My god.”

Steube was arguing that a ban on magazines is a ban on guns. He said, “Don’t let them fool you that they are not attempting to take away your ability to purchase handguns. They’re using the magazine ban to do it.”

For years, Democrats have argued for gun control while stating they don’t want to ban guns or destroy the Second Amendment. Republicans believe they’re lying. Remember during the Obama era when Republicans constantly claimed President Obama was coming to get their guns…but he never did? They also claimed he’d refuse to leave office.

Republicans think Democrats are lying like they did with abortion. They always said they weren’t going to ban abortion. They just wanted to regulate it. Of course, they were lying. Now we know they really wanna ban abortion and they’re creating laws in yee-haw states to do just that. This is why I believe at some point they’re going to come clean and say they really do want to make it illegal for nonwhites to vote.

Steube was showing off his nine-millimeter pistols, like Glocks and Sig Sauers demonstrating they had high capacity magazines holding from ten to 15 bullets. He showed that lower-capacity magazines didn’t fit. Like other things in Steube’s house, they were too small and wouldn’t fit in the hole. So basically, he argued that banning those magazines bans those guns.

So what? Technically, it’s not a ban on those guns, but even if was, it technically wouldn’t be banning guns. Steube has the same fucked-up interpretation of the Second Amendment as all other Republicans, that it means they have the right to own whatever gun they want. Banning specific guns is not unconstitutional. The “right to bear arms” doesn’t mention what kind of arms. It doesn’t mention limitations or a free for all on guns.

The other thing is, it’s not about need as much as it is about want. Nobody needs more than one gun…if they need a gun at all. Steube is the kind of person who tells you it’s none of your business what kind of guns he has, and then proceeds to play show-and-tell with his guns which I’m sure makes him feel warm and squishy inside.

What Steube wants by showing off how horny he is for guns is too upset liberals, while really just icking them out a bit. I felt like I needed a shower.

The thing is, these are the people Democrats have to get through. This is Republican logic. The only way to achieve serious gun legislation that will be effective in stopping these mass shootings is to have fewer Republicans in Congress. It’s the only way.

Of course, that will be difficult because Republicans believe that in order to save the Second Amendment then they must destroy Constitutional voting rights…which will return Republicans, bought and paid for by the NRA, to Congress. These gun nuts already tried to destroy our Constitution by trying to overturn an election. I never want to hear a Republican ever again talk about the Constitution.

Greg Steube says he can do whatever he wants to do with his guns in his own home. Not if lock boxes become law, buddy. But until then, do whatever you want with your gun fetish in your own home. Just don’t broadcast it because, ew.

Music Note: I listened to Third Eye Blind, Gin Blossoms, Better Than Ezra, and a bunch of other 90’s alt stuff while drawing today’s cartoon.

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Don’t Say “Guns”


Did you know that more than 30 states have laws allowing school districts to arm teachers? Naturally, giving guns to teachers is a Republican idea, like banning doors.

It’s not a great idea to arm teachers. Some states require over 150 hours of firearm training before a school employee can carry a gun to school, but places like Ohio only require 20. And, a lot of these school districts don’t notify parents that teachers can carry guns or which teachers are actually doing so.

Over the past year, we heard all this bullshit about parental rights and how they should set the curriculum. Let’s get rid of Critical Race Theory. Let’s ban controversial books. Don’t say “gay.” But, Republicans don’t want you to know that your child’s teacher has a Sig Sauer in her book bag. Some parents in Ohio learned their kids’ teacher had a gun in her purse when one of her students pulled it out and pointed it at another student.

If more guns in school are what we need to combat school shootings, then by Republican logic, we should put more Critical Race Theory and gays in school.

Giving teachers, coaches, bus drivers, and lunch ladies guns is a horrible idea. It won’t deter mass shooters as most are willing to die. Cafeteria casserole would be more of a deterrent to mass shooters than teachers with guns (remember school casseroles? Yuck). And if cops are like the ones in Uvalde, why should a teacher be willing to engage a shooter when the cops won’t? On top of all that, when the cops do enter, how are they supposed to be able to tell the difference between the bad guy with a gun and the good guy with the gun?

The rest of the world is dismayed by our gun culture. We are the only developed nation with this problem. And our solutions are always more guns. In case you haven’t noticed, the more-guns strategy isn’t working.

The best way to get rid of gun violence is to get rid of guns. Republicans claim that would never work but we have actual proof it does. It only hasn’t worked here because we haven’t done it here.

We need to ban home ownership of assault rifles. Owning an assault rifle should be like owning a horse when you don’t have room on your property for a horse. If you live in a city and own a horse, you pay a stable to house your horse. You don’t take the horse home. You go to the stable to ride your horse, brush his mane, give him an apple, then you go home without your horse…but he’s still there. It should be like that with assault rifles. They should all be licensed and stored at gun ranges. And, there should be training and licensing involved to own a gun. Nobody actually needs an Uzi or an AR-15 for home security. You just don’t.

If we can legislate that people with mental problems can’t own a gun, despite it not being covered in the Constitution, then we can legislate licensing to own a gun. After all, the Second Amendment does say “well-regulated.” It’s time we start regulating.

Allowing teachers to carry guns is an idea approved by the industry that sells guns. That industry is symbiotic with the National Rifle Association…which is a branch of the Republican Party.

As Middle Age Riot on Instagram recently posted, “Republicans think it’s a good idea to give teachers less money, more students, fewer books, fewer resources, more parents in the classroom, more standardized tests, more scrutiny, more pressure, and a gun.”

Teachers and other school employees should not be required to engage mass shooters. Teachers should be required to teach. If Republicans love guns so much, let them engage mass shooters.

Music Note: I started listening to music after the lettering was completed and listened to Verbena, Taylor Swift, Them Crooked Vultures, and the Barenaked Ladies (not that “One Week” song. Ugh).

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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