18 January 2011

Guns & the Second Amendment (as explained by SNL)

I don't like guns. I don't like that I've lived with people who own guns (because of their jobs), I don't want a gun in my house and I kind of think it's creepy that people want to keep guns in their house. I DEFINITELY think it's creepy when they want to carry them ON them wherever they go.

Recently (well, like 9 months ago) I actually went to a gun range for the first time because I made a promise to a friend. He had convinced me to try it with this line: "Nothing scares Conservative Republicans more than a liberal atheist that knows how to use a gun." And I will NOT deny that it was fun. In A COMPLETELY SAFE AND CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT. This place was STRICT. You always had an instructor next to you, YOU were not allowed to load the gun and if you even turned slightly away from the firing direction, you would be stopped and reprimanded (here I am with a rifle with my instructor). In those conditions, I can't help but admit I had a BLAST (pun intended)! :-)

But the personal ownership of guns...I don't know. It's just creepy. Granted, it MAY come in handy in self-defense (although, at least in NYC, I believe you have to keep it locked up so that could hinder it's actual use), but there's too much risk of unintentional damage. You always hear about people accidentally shooting themselves or family members. And I actually went to collage with a kid who's friend accidentally shot and killed him. It's terrible. And personally, while I supposed I'd rather kill or be killed...well, I REALLY don't want to kill anyone.

Anyway, I think guns are a little too easy to come by in this country. Though, I'm not sure how to fix it because the criminal always seem to find ways to get illegal things...but I feel like being able to buy guns in a Walmart or something, with like a week's wait or whatever, is just not enough. And why do people need to own them so badly!? And so MANY! One of my favourite comedians, Eddie Izzard, makes a joke about kids only having to go to their "grandfather's arsenal" to get ahold of guns. There's that like 6-year-old kid in Bowling for Columbine that Michael Moore talks about who takes someone's gun to school and kills a little girl. There should have been NO WAY for that kid to get his hands on a gun!!!! But people teach their kids to shoot guns from very young ages! And I suppose it's good for them to at least KNOW how to handle it, but...I don't know, I feel like their not old enough to REALLY understand the consequences yet.

Maybe it's because of where I live that I don't want a gun? I recall being in a London hostel back in (I think) 2004 where this older gentleman was (co-ed room hostel) was staying for a night or two to look at some artifact or something (the hostel is right by the British Museum). He was from Texas and somehow we ended up talking about guns (weird...) but when I said I would NOT want a gun EVER, he was surprised. He said he thought we all wanted guns up here but out government wouldn't let us! I said I didn't know that many people that actually wanted to own a gun (and even the ones that did, wanted them for recreational purposes, not for protection). He didn't understand, he asked about protecting ourselves or our property and I said that's what the police were for. He said the police would take a half an hour to get to his home by him. Which I suppose, if that were the case, I might want my own protection as well. I don't know.

Anyway, this all comes up because of what I thought was a great and funny little bit on SNL's Weekend Update last Saturday.

Well, anyway, I don't really know what's to be done about this. I think a lot of it might be because of something like what I was talking about with that Texan. I think our country is just so damn large that the experiences I can have are so completely different some someone in, say, Texas. It DOES seem to be more of the southern states that are so pro-gun, but that might not be true and just my perception.

What do YOU think of the gun situation in our country?

The End.

PS Here's the Eddie Izzard bit that I love!

PPS One last thing, one of my favourite Eminem lines is from the song "Who Knew": "So who's bringing the guns in this country? I couldn't sneak a plastic pellet gun through customs over in London."

11 January 2011

Sketchbook Series #9

I know, I know, I've been neglecting the blog... I can't help it! There's too much social media out there! I've got my twitter, facebook & now I even mess around with tumblr (I call it "Kitty's Pryde Supplemental, so check it out if you like this blog at all — which I assume you do if you're reading this...)! And of course, this blog. I will try to be better. I figured I'd start with a new Sketchbook Series as I have neglected THAT too. :-P

This one is from Bill Plympton who is AWESOME. I got this when I first started the sketchbook at MOCCA. He was telling me about Idiots & Angels, an animated film he was working on at the time (which this sketch is from). It was FINALLY completed towards the end of last year. I saw him again on the Comic Book Club. Unfortunately, I think I missed it's limited run in the theater here, but I will definitely pick it up when it's released on DVD.

If you don't know who he is, you should. I have a few of his books with his very interesting and often very funny cartoons. You MIGHT recognise his work from MTV as well! His cartoons used to air inbetween stuff. Like THIS one:

Anyway, I love this sketch, it's a prized one. And he was very cool on the Comic Book Club and at MOCCA. A really good friend of mine — who, along with his brother, introduced me to Bill Plympton — mostly just likes to make music, but recently ventured into the world of publishing with his first self-published collection of cartoons, The Blurry World Vol. 1. I suggested they attend MOCCA last year and they did. Much to his happiness, he was able to get a copy of his book to Bill and was complimented for it, completely making the MOCCA experience so great for him.

I like this guy. :) Check out his stuff!!

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