For example, most of the regular people I know, their first instinct when facing a situation like this would be to band together, find a relatively secure location to live in, and attend to basic survival needs (food, water, etc.) The MORE GUNS THE BETTER and nobody would go ANYWHERE without a weapon.
It sounds like what you're talking about is the world that comes about after we go through a lot of confusion and disagreement and trial and error. A lot of the interest in the show is in the conflicts that people go through before they reach that post-apocalyptic view of the world.
I don't fault the writers for showing the messiness of different world views in conflict. The show would be a lot poorer if everyone was just interested in getting together as many guns as they could (though a lot of the conflict gets stale after a while as well). Some of the more specific details, though, one could take exception to.
I don’t have a problem with the show focusing on the human conflicts and drama that would arise from a zombie apocalypse; I just think that the conflicts that they portrayed were unrealistic, and would not be the types of conflicts one would see in a survival situation like this. That’s what bugs me. We’re not seeing anything close to realistic human behavior.
It still is - the comics are up to issue 100+ now. there’s no liberal bent to the comics at all - it’s simply survive or die. Rick’s character goes to some really, really dark places as the story progresses, and I find myself asking if I’d do the same things to protect my kids if I were in the same situation.
The show diverges somewhat from the books, and has a much softer tone to it. The comics are very dark in some spots - almost disturbing.