Tamara on Guns in Comic Books

Over at View from the Porch, Tamara’s got a bit analyzing comic book characters and why they don’t generally carry guns.  She opines thusly:

I think that a large part of it is because guns are perceived as fatal. You can’t shoot people “just a little bit”.

Comic book heroes, by and large, do not kill bad guys; they tie them up and hand them over to the cops, at least metaphorically. If your hero had a gun, all he could do with it would be to shoot guns out the bad guys’ hands, and that makes him pretty much a one-trick pony, even worse than Aquaman…

Chris Straub, who authors the online comic strip Chainsawsuit addressed this issue recently as well:

Yes, this entire blog post was nothing more than a flimsy excuse to post a comic strip that I found amusing.


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