In 1997 Peanuts creator Charles Schultz chimed in on the gun control debate, and his message still rings true today. Though he never came out (outside of this comic strip) against a laissez faire gun control ideology, his biography contains an interesting tidbit:
In 1943, Schulz was drafted into the United States Army. He served as a staff sergeant with the 20th Armored Division in Europe, as a squad leader on a .50 caliber machine gun team. His unit saw combat only at the very end of the war. Schulz said that he only ever had one opportunity to fire his machine gun but forgot to load it. Fortunately, he said, the German soldier he could have fired at willingly surrendered.
Perhaps we can all learn something from Schultz's now sixteen-year-old commentary.