An Insecure Free State

Phil Fountain is a cartoonist and writer based in the far reaches of Northern Californey.
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20 Responses

  1. Avatar Candace C says:

    Nice to see you here Phil.

  2. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    About half of the people I know are going to be wholly focusing on guns in the aftermath of the most recent mass shootings.

    Maybe there should be equal focus on our growing NAZI-breath white supremacy problem, starting with those who encourage these @$$holes with complicity.

    • Avatar Tim says:

      You do realize the Dayton shooter was a hardcore left satanist pushing socialism, gun control, AOC’s green new deal, and supporting Elizabeth Warren for wealth redistributor in chief?

      Disaffected youth with no power and no prospects find solace in all kinds of extremism…

      • Avatar Larry Winter says:

        What part is “extremism”? Satanism? The rest? Nah. What part of the left did he cite to give reason for his killing? Nothing?

        Extremism is White Supremacy.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        There’s always an exception to prove the rule—if there’s no exception to the rule, the rule is a useless panchreston.

        The prevailing politics and religious beliefs of guys who collect weapons and think they’re legitimate tools for solving interpersonal and social conflicts isn’t much of a secret.

  3. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    RV had an excellent article on IDENTITY EVROPA, which can be reread in his archives. This is a national hate group with a presence throughout the country including Redding. The multitude of groups with Patriot in their name are not my patriots. Right here in Phoenix they have threatened the churches helping migrants. At the Warren town hall in Tempe they interrupted her and had to be restrained with force and one was arrested. All the gun laws can not do anything until the hate culture is changed. And for those who spout that Chicago’s Black on Black murders are worse, that gang culture is the problem. Gun laws are useless until the culture is changed.
    These are not my patriots and I am done giving meaningless prayers away. I am making an effort, at my age, probably my last to get my legislators to do something. A good start would be to follow the Colorado Gun Shop Project, it is about suicide prevention, but it could be about hate prevention.
    It galls me that someone working at a pizza place has to undergo health training while someone who sells assault weapons needs no training.

  4. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    Eight killed, forty wounded, seventeen shot within two hours on Sunday. Just a normal weekend in Chicago. And that was not due to White Racism. The gun cultures has taken over America. Where do we start to fix it?

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      You’d make a big dent in big city violence by decriminalizing drugs.

      In the 1920s, prohibition of alcohol drove gang violence—the homicide rate increased to 10/100k, an 80% increase (according to the libertarian Cato Institute). It’s currently half that rate in the USA, but gangs still fuel much of the remaining big city violence.

  5. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    Presidential adviser/Fox News opinionator Sean Hannity: “I’d like to see the perimeter of every school in America surrounded, secured by retired police……have one armed guard on every floor of every school, all over every mall, the perimeter and inside every hall of every mall.”

    Translation: “I’d like to see the threat of imminent gun violence so completely normalized that American children will never live a day of their lives without fear.”

    • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

      The truth of the matter is that more students are injured or killed on their way to or from school than when they are actually in school. In fact the safest place during the school day for a student is in class.
      With over 27,000 high schools alone in the nation one is more in danger of being struck by lightning than shot in a school shooting.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        In part because most schools are designated as gun-free. Those same kids who are relatively safe in their schools are FAR more likely to get shot in their own homes if there are guns in those homes.

        • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

          Arming teachers is the dumbest idea I have heard, and I say that having worked over twenty years in schools in Redding. As politically charged as school environment is the principal or superintendent pet could be the one carrying a gun without even knowing which end the bullet comes out. While a competent weapons person wouldn’t carry because the principal or superintendent doesn’t like them.

        • Avatar Tim says:

          Abstinence only education sure works wonders!

          • Avatar Larry Winter says:

            I’ve abstained from gunning anybody down. Do you know people that struggle with it? It’s a lot like our sex drive is what you’re saying, right? A human urge to maim and kill?

            You continue to provide false equivalents. Can you abstain from that?

          • Avatar Tim says:

            In a country averaging one gun per person, every citizen ought to be taught firearm safety in school – rather than it be a taboo subject. Kids who learn everything they know about firearms from movies and video games are as mal-adjusted for the real world as kids who learn everything they know about sex from porn.

  6. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    I sell old high school yearbooks on Ebay. In all of them, urban or rural, Democrat or Republican areas they had rifle clubs on campus. Nobody was shooting anybody. But then the Nation believed In God We Trust and the Commie threat.
    Now the only rifle clubs are off campus and in many high schools military recruiters are banned from participating in on campus job fairs. In my opinion that is not an improvement.

    • Avatar toni diaz says:

      i dont where ive been hiding. ive never even heard of a rifle club on a high school campus. sure didnt happen where i went to school. rotc yes, rifle club, no.
      and everybody that uses drugs drank milk as a baby. cause and effect.

    • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

      In the small town where I grew up, many of the high school boys had rifle racks – with rifles – in their pickups so they could hunt rabbits after school rather than go home first. We thought nothing of it. But then, most of us knew how to handle firearms.

      • Avatar toni diaz says:

        that was also the way it was in the small town where i grew up. but i dont know about the rabbit hunting part.