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Zero Brains

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Strip by: Nyperold

{Zero is carelessly handing his rifle with Sarge in back of him. The business end pokes Sarge, and he drops a sheet of paper in fear.}
SFX: POKE
Sarge: Zero! Watch it with that rifle!
Zero: Sorry, Sarge, but it's not loaded.
Sarge: Are you sure?
{Zero decides to check the second-worst possible way, ranking right behind not only putting the end of the barrel up to his eye, as here, but also intentionally pulling the trigger.}
Zero: I can't see anything!
{This turns out to be prophetic, as the gun discharges.}
SFX: BLAM!
Sarge: Zero!!!
{Blood issues forth from the back of Zero's head.}

The author writes:

Never, ever, ever handle your firearm the way Zero is here. Never point a gun at anything or anyone you wouldn't be okay with being shot. Too many people have fallen victim to such careless handling.

Maybe this is too serious an edit: dark with no humor. But it is a message that bears repeating... even if the rifle may not.

Original Beetle Bailey strip: 2016-08-23.