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  1. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    If only the leadership of the N.R.A. would do that, so there could be more moderate thought from the top down…

  2. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    So living in a world where you would NEED an “Armed Marine” in EVERY Elementary, Junior High, and High School is even needed is fine for you?

  3. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    No Rational Alternatives


    As a gun owner, with experience in law enforcement, and combat, the NRA has been responsible for thousands of killings, every year, in the U.S., because rational regulations have NOT been passed. Bullets kill people, not guns, and guns with high capacity for lethality, as designed to be, don’t belong in “civilian” hands.


    The Second Amendment was NOT about citizens taking up arms against OUR government, EVER! It was about a well-regulated militia, defending OUR government, and people against attack, from outside forces, or internal dangers trying to overthrow our government.


    The tiresome BS from NRA, and the highly paid lobbyist Mr. La PIerre, continues to kill our people, including two more police officers over the weekend, and of course, children in their school.


    The long story of this latest shooter’s mental instability is also NOT a “new thing”, having been recognized by many who contacted him, but had not response under our “system”. We need intervention for mental health problems, and “gun problems”. With the highest gun homicide rate in the world, by a factor of over 15 times that of any other nation, maybe it’s time we realize the NRA doesn’t provide any answers.

  4. ODon

    ODon said, over 1 year ago

    Preventive solutions include overdue restrictions on excessive firepower.

  5. AgentSmith101

    AgentSmith101 said, over 1 year ago

    I’m a gun owner and support gun ownership, but I do not support the NRA’s lobbying tactics nor their full narrative on how gun ownership should work.
    As gun owners, we need to have an honest conversation with gun control advocates to find common ground between arming everyone and banning anything.
    I’m also a parent with small children in elementary school with the same ages as those children who were killed in Sandy Hook.
    Gun owners need to offer a viable alternative otherwise there is a very influential minority who will eventually remove your right to own any type of firearm. This isn’t NRA propaganda. This is what people have said to me personally and what has been reiterated to me by replies to my posts in other forums throughout the years on this very topic.
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    I would suggest this list as one alternative:

    1) Start with every school. Review and train on procedures admitting and monitoring people who are not school students and employees. Also, EVERY school should have a plan for how to handle an intruder. This may require schools to have either armed security or adult staff willing to train in self defense and carry concealed. This alone would be a deterrent. Until we can change the gun culture of our country this is a reality we need to face. This would appear to be the same for other public places.

    2) Anyone who wants to carry concealed should go through a self defense course. It’s not enough just to carry concealed and think you are ready. Also it should require some form of psychological exam. We all have something wrong with ourselves, but is it enough to be a danger to ourselves and others. I am also aware that peoples’ lives and minds change over time, but we need to be more aware about this aspect.

    3) We need to get serious on helping people with a mental illness who may or may not be a danger to themselves or others. How many people see the signs in someone and either don’t know what to do or even if it is their business. We also need to do this in a way that does not continue the social stigma related to mental illness.

    4) Change the american zeitgeist that prizes the raw power of guns as a means to instill respect, power and anger resolution than a tool for defense. There’s a an old cliche that says “Use boxes in this order: Soap, Ballot, Jury and Ammo.” Using the Ammo box is in reference to the overthrow of a tyrannical government. Which I find highly unlikely. When it’s a moral or societal issue we haven’t been given the skills to handle conflict resolution before we start slugging it out or shooting it out.

  6. bueller

    bueller said, over 1 year ago

    A cartoon I drew in the 80’s resulted in the NRA threatening
    my newspaper with a lawsuit.
    I had my reservations about the NRA prior to that, but
    this incident also showed that while they talk incessantly
    about 2nd Amendment rights, they really don’t care about
    1st Amendment rights.
    Without the 1st Amendment, we would of course be in as
    much trouble ( or more ) than we would be without the
    second.

  7. bueller

    bueller said, over 1 year ago

    @AgentSmith101

    No need to follow Number 4. Just do what
    SkeptiCal suggests in his comment, and then,
    free guns for everyone!
    Idiocracy is a work of fiction, but it is becoming
    less so everyday.

  8. CasualBrowser

    CasualBrowser GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @masterskrain

    “So living in a world where you would NEED an “Armed Marine” in EVERY Elementary, Junior High, and High School is even needed is fine for you?”
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    I remember, while enlisted in the Navy, visiting countries where you saw armed men in military garb on nearly every corner. These were also the countries whose cities had a strictly enforced curfew. It didn’t leave me with a feeling of safety, and I got the impression the locals didn’t feel their societies were free or safe.

  9. DLee4144

    DLee4144 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Dianne Feinstein’s bill is the right idea, but the wrong solution. There is no point in outlawing guns. They are out there, there are millions, they are made of metal and will last for a thousand years if they are kept oiled. Failing that, I could find materials in my basement that would produce a workable gun, and it doesn’t take much knowledge of the subject to figure out how to do it.

    Bullets, on the other hand, are time consuming to make and require specific equipment. Production of enough to do serious damage would require planning and patience that are not characteristic of those who shoot up elementary schools. And, working on such a project might attract the attention of someone sane.

    Bullets can be individually stamped, and their sale can be registered, so that every bullet can be traced back to the person who purchased it. This way, a guy who wants to buy a couple boxes of bullets to go shoot deer, or the woman who wants a box to keep with the gun in her bedside drawer, won’t set off any warning bells. But the guy who is buying an arsenal will attract attention before he finds a more lethal way to do it.

  10. CasualBrowser

    CasualBrowser GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @HOWGOZIT

    “Liberals must always blame something on someone….”
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    Which makes them like any other group of humans, conservatives included.
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    “…instead of working on prevention solutions.”
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    Just because they come up with solutions you don’t like, or haven’t heard of, doesn’t mean they haven’t proposed any. They work on prevention solutions just as much as any other group, including conservatives. You should assess reality rather than your biases.

  11. PianoGuy24

    PianoGuy24 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @dtroutma

    Then Budwieser is responsible for alcholics.
    Then Ford/Chevy are responsible for every road accident.
    Then matches are responsible for every burned down house.
    Then Ben & Jerry are responsible for making people fat.
    Then the Wright brothers are responsible for every airline crash.
    Then Kodak is responsible for porn.
    OR
    Is it that people are responsible for their OWN actions….? Go figure…

  12. CasualBrowser

    CasualBrowser GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @SkepticCal

    “He should be cutting up his NEA card.”
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    Why is that?

  13. Dredpiraterobt$

    Dredpiraterobt$ said, over 1 year ago

    @AgentSmith101

    I appreciate your attempt to find a middle ground, I really do. Thank you.
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    When someone states that they want to take away all guns they are either uninformed or unable to speak outside of hyperbole.
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    I myself believe that the debate has to satrt at ZERO guns and then move up from there, but that doesn’t mean that I think there ought to be ZERO guns, only that each gun allowed needs to be proved as necessary or useful, and safe.
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    I myself, believe that there is a technological middle ground which is the far better and workable solution than having armed guards and principals willing to use deadly force.
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    To that point keep in mind what happens to most gun owners (not all, but most). They get a hand gun, they have the permit to carry it. They strap it to their whereever and they strut aound a bit, show all of their buddies and join the NRA. Then, after a while the newness rubs off (maybe people weren’t as impressed as he thought they’d be. Maybe it makes him sort of a douche, and his friends leave him to his new “gun buddy” friends, who don’t really like him either and are sort of all douches too) and he starts to think about what the gun means. He mouths off to someguy who cut him off and the guy gets out of his car. He gets out and he has his gun. If he draws it and the other guy has a gun, he’s going to draw his too. Then our boy is going to need to shoot first or be the one in the morgue. And he has to shoot to kill!
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    A rational human being in the cold light of day thinks about killing another human being and feels sick to his stomach! How many soldiers in wartime vomit after their first kill? If you don’t feel sick when thinking about killing someone, then you shouldn’t be let near a gun!
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    The gun comes off. It goes into a closet and waits until his little boys find it…
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    Now, you want the principal of an Elementary school to be the sort of cold hearted person that shoots first and asks questions later? That’s not a realistic view of the personality type that applies for the job.
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    Your point two shows that we agree in my scenario at point one. We’re reasonable people you and I.
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    “We need to get serious on helping people with a mental illness who may or may not be a danger to themselves or others.”
    This is a non sequitur. It is true in it’s own right, but it has only a tangential relationship to the issue of guns. How many interviews (before the recent spate of twenty something torx) have the neighbors saying “He was so nice all of the time you’d NEVER suspect him of something like this!”? There is an entire classification of mass murderers who based their rampage on the end of days. They are good solid citizens who harbor the fear that God’s wrath is coming! They kill the family so that they won’t be corrupted by the evil of the Earth and then they go out in a blaze of Glory!
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    It’s not that we disagree, it’s that the argument is separate from the gun issue.
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    Zeitgeist change: That’s chicken/egg. The zeitgeist changes when we stop glorifying the penis er… I mean gun ,,,, no I mean weapons.
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    To many, the first gun is a tool, for hunting or for protection or whatever… The rest of them are protests… more like juvenile protestations “You can’t stop me! Nyah nyah ni nyah nyah… The Constitution says I can and you’re not the boss of the Constitution so you’re not the boss of me!”
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    Real briefly, here is my tech solution. (bullet points style.)
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    1. All bullets are mandatorially a different size from the bullets previously manufactured. The new bullets won’t fit into the old guns.
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    2. Bullets that fit the old guns are illegal to posess. Having them indicates an intent to murder, there is no other reason to have one other than to avoid the laws that prevent murder.
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    3. The new bullets have an RFID device that allows for remote detection of and disarming of the bulets. This disarming occurs where ever there is the RF emitter mandatory in public gathering places. If you can’t smoke there you can’t have workable bullets there either (of course the law and military bullets are exempt)
    When you leave the area your bullets are reactivated.
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    There’s more, but in brief, that’s it.
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    Thank you for being a reasoned poster.

  14. TheIronMouse

    TheIronMouse said, over 1 year ago

    @dtroutma

    Sigh.. agreed and we weep

  15. Dredpiraterobt$

    Dredpiraterobt$ said, over 1 year ago

    @bueller

    The second amendment should not be the trump card to the Preamble to the Constitution.
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    Just how did the shooter in Arizona’s Second Amendment Right establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, offer common or individual defence promote the general welfare of of secure the blessing of Liberty for that little girl he shot just because she went to see her Congresswoman?
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    Please, Bueller, I beg of you to not let this fight die! Do not let this one be just another news cycle event!
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    Thank you!

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