Cartoon 1: What kills people

A big crop of cartoons today. The first is from Horne & Comeau’s A Softer World (information on the webcomic here), under the title “Education”:

(Hat tip to Paul Armstrong.)

The cartoon combines the NRA bumper-sticker slogan “Guns don’t kill people, people do” (or “… people kill people”) with Pope Benedict’s recent  pronouncement (on January 9th) on same-sex marriage:

Pope Benedict said … that gay marriage was one of several threats to the traditional family that undermined “the future of humanity itself.”

Yes, the news from Rome: same-sex marriage will kill the human race.

The NRA slogan has been much played on, on t-shirts, posters, bumper stickers, and the like; just google on {“guns don’t kill people”}. A small sampling of continuations of “Guns don’t kill people”:

I kill people

… Bullets do. Guns just get the bullets going really fast.

… Liberals against conceal-carry laws kill people.

… well, this one may [image of gun with muzzle reversed, pointing at the shooter]

… Chuck Norris does [Norris is a prominent NRA supporter]

… People with mustaches kill people

… Cupcakes with mustaches kill people!

… Whacked on meth-head kittens do. [image of kitten aiming gun]

… Dick Cheney kills people [allusion to Cheney’s hunting accident]

… Zombies do.

… Black people kill people. [image of Samuel L. Jackson with a gun]

… Dangerous minorities do!

… OJ kills people

… But they can sure speed up the process. It can take an hour to choke a bitch.

… Cats do. [image of cat with a gun]

… Gaping holes in vital organs do.

… Husbands that come home early do.

… Crazy motherfuckers kill people

… Supervillains kill people

… Drug cartels armed by our government kill people.

… Dads with pretty daughters kill people.

… Drivers with cell phones do

… The government does.

… “Pro-lifers” with guns kill people

… Vincent Price does

… rappers do

… Little fairies throw the bullets

… Ninjas do

… Kids who play videogames kill people.

… lolcats kill people. [yet another armed cat]

(and then more distant variations, like: “Dogs don’t kill people. Stupid owners with stupid breeds kill people.”)

2 Responses to “Cartoon 1: What kills people”

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  2. The Ridger Says:

    The “bullets do” made me laugh, thinking about how hard it is to get my students to understand that in Russian you can’t say, for instance, “Osvald ybil Kennedy vintovkoj” (Oswald killed Kennedy with-rifle (rifle in the instrumental case)) because that would mean he beat him to death with it; you must say “Osvald ybil Kennedy iz vintovki (out-of rifle)” because he actually killed him *with a bullet*.

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