This one is so obtuse I don’t even know which angle to rebut it from:
Now what is the imaginary Barry saying. Is he saying that spree shootings are so commonplace Americans don’t even notice?
Well that isn’t true, look at the lower left, it’s a newspaper headline saying “Columbine”. As in the shooting that happened FIFTEEN years ago. Fifteen years ago and we’re still talking about it. Virginia Tech was Seven years ago, and more of the same. All of these events were weeks if not month-long headlines from the 24-hour news media. Even stories of kids found making threats of a mass shooting, but never committed a crime, or had access to weapons often makes the national news.
Of course right in the middle of Barry’s desk is “Chicago”. For that this IS true, the media ignores the massive violence in Chicago because it’s A) Bad people shooting other bad people, and B)Inner city black people, not middle class white folk. Also Chicago is one of those places that has ALLLLL the gun laws. Pretty much if your local nanny-stater is pushing a gun law, it probably was in effect in Chi-town during these massive body counts. So yeah, the anti-gun people ignore Chicago, but NOT because of the violence, but because it doesn’t fit a narrative.
But maybe they’re saying we’re complacent because we don’t jump out and pass many of the crazy gun laws Chicago does. Well we USED to. The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (Chicago again!), the Assassination of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, and the attempted Assassination of Ronald Reagan all got National laws passed, and all of them are still in effect. Many other federal, as well as local laws were passed on the coat-tails of headline making shootings.
That isn’t happening anymore (with a few exceptions), is that because we’re simply numb to the violence? NO! The NFA made it almost impossible for people to get Machine guns and Short Barreled rifles and shotguns, but this was a reaction to a Chicago Mob attack where the shooters were likely Chicago police Officers (who are exempt from NFA laws). Same with the assassinations, what does this have to do with licensing gun shops? And the Brady bill passed because a man who at the time of the shooting would have passed a background check is just as foolish as the recent calls for Universal Background checks after shooters bought their guns through the NICS system.
They used tragedy to tug at heart strings and get essentially non-sequitor laws passed, and when the smoke cleared, people’s freedoms were effected, but crime was not. Of course the anti-gun people are still pushing laws in the wake of tragedy, but now so are pro-gunners, and for the same end-goal of a safer America.
Also to be Fair, Canada has been curtailing gun ownership in a very similar way to Americans, and they too are getting push back from their pro-gun activists.
So really, the bottom line in this comic doesn’t make a lick of sense.