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It's very hard to write about this cartoon without first issuing a spoiler alert.  If you want the full experience of the cartoon, stop reading now and watch the cartoon.  Strangely enough, I had started writing this cartoon before the Washington Navy Yard killings.  After reading about the current state of gun control, and after being deluged with news about controlling Assad's chemical weapons, I just had to make the comparison.

All of the NRA justifications for unbridled gun distribution seem to work just fine when it comes to chemical weapons.  If only Assad had Wayne LaPierre, he'd be doing much better in the eyes of the world.

An attention-getting mass shooting like that at the Navy Yard just barely scratches the surface of the problem with guns in the United States.  The real weapons of mass destruction that don't discriminate between young and old, combatant and noncombatant, are running rampant in cities like Oakland, Detroit and Chicago.

Enjoy the cartoon, and send it along to your friends and enemies.

[Ominous/scary advertising voice over]

They're trying to take away your right to defend yourself.

But if someone is out to harm you or your family, you'll do whatever it takes to stop them in their tracks.

Now the politicians even want an invasive "national registry" to track your weapons-- a government registry that will reveal the exact location of your concealed weapons.

That's right.

They're trying to take away your right . . . to chemical weapons.

Why should you give up your ability to defend yourself with extra lethal force?

More people are killed every year by automobiles than by chemical weapons.

Used safely and in self-defense, chemical weapons can actually save lives.

If more people carried and concealed chemical weapons, your particular bad guy would think twice before trying to harm you.

America's tradition of chemical weapons goes back generations,

And only an over-reaching despot would ever suggest chemical weapons be restricted.

Chemical weapons don't kill people, people kill people.

We've been successful in pushing legislation allowing chemical weapons in schools, churches, theaters, casinos, parks and college campuses, all across the nation.

Which is why we urge you to support pro-chemical weapons members of Congress and state legislators every way you can-- tell them you demand the right to stand your ground with decisive lethal force.

Because when chemical weapons are outlawed, only outlaws will have chemical weapons.

Originally posted to Comics on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 06:50 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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