This is the exact kind of obtuse argument my brother and I would make as kids.
And GrapeEnvyGuy just emailed me, he and his wife just made Vachel ornaments (with knitting too!), with an accompanying poem. So sweet, check them out. :)
In general I’ve historically been against having guns in my comics. Bruno because it was a reflection of real life, and I just don’t ever encounter them in the circles I run in. Little Dee, because I feel they go against the grain of the innocence of the strip.
But, I felt it worth it for this joke, and I felt it came out okay. Maybe because it in no way was represented as a threat, even jokingly, to anyone.
Yes, i sometimes overthink things.
Right lesson, wrong time.
I actually really love gags like this where the reader has to actually visually piece together the joke.