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Clay Bennett

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years 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.

  2. ODon

    ODon said, almost 4 years ago

    Preventive solutions include overdue restrictions on excessive firepower.

  3. AgentSmith101

    AgentSmith101 said, almost 4 years 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.
    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.

  4. bueller

    bueller said, almost 4 years 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

  5. bueller

    bueller said, almost 4 years ago


    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.

  6. CasualBrowser

    CasualBrowser said, almost 4 years 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?”
    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.

  7. D Lee

    D Lee GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years 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.

  8. CasualBrowser

    CasualBrowser said, almost 4 years ago

    “Liberals must always blame something on someone….”
    Which makes them like any other group of humans, conservatives included.
    “…instead of working on prevention solutions.”
    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.

  9. PianoGuy24

    PianoGuy24 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago


    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.
    Is it that people are responsible for their OWN actions….? Go figure…

  10. CasualBrowser

    CasualBrowser said, almost 4 years ago

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

  11. TheIronMouse

    TheIronMouse said, almost 4 years ago


    Sigh.. agreed and we weep

  12. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 4 years ago


    Well Trout you are wrong again.

    When the founders drafted the constitution and added the amendments the situation was in fact a fear that whoever was in power – as in the government – would once again be tyrannical in their rule. The very first thing the British were to do when the colonies began their resistance to the tyranny of King George was to go from house to house confiscating weapons. Once the population is dis-armed, they are more easily subjugated.

    Do I think our government has that in mind? No I do not. However, if you look around the world today, there ARE many rulers who would rule with tyranny and do in fact.

    The Constitution is a document written to keep the government in check. To keep the government from having too MUCH power. The second amendment needs to stay in place.

    Shouldn’t the government be more interested in the mental health issues rather than running to restrict the rights and freedoms of law abiding citizens?

  13. Rickapolis

    Rickapolis said, almost 4 years ago

    GUNS DO KILL. Don’t believe the same old nonsense from the pro gun lobby that apparently feel that their right to own an assault weapon is more important than a six year old’s right to turn seven. We’re already hearing the old replies that we heard after Columbine, Luby’s, Va. Tech, and all the other slaughters over the last forty years or so. If the weapons were banned all those children would be alive to celebrate Christmas. If you are arguing for the right to own assault weapons it’s time to reexamine your life and your priorities. You cannot defend the indefensible so please don’t try. It’s offensive.

  14. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Bruce: The Articles of Confederation put all “arms” under the strict control of the state, to be issued when needed to the militia. It was relaxed in the Constitution because of the delay in distributing those weapons back in the day. The “well regulated militia” clause was quite specific for that reason.

    While we had that little dust-up with the Brits again in 1812, the tyranny was NEVER intended by the founding fathers to mean OUR government. Only “TEA party”, JBS, and NRA buy that garbage that protecting ourselves from our own government was on their minds.

    WE were founded as a republic, where representative government protects our rights, not some lunatic with an automatic weapon crawling out of his bomb shelter.

  15. nathob

    nathob said, almost 4 years ago

    Constitution or no constitution its time to take the guns away. When a toddler is unruly and damages things in the house, you take that child and put it in a playpen until it demonstrates that it can be responsible with its freedom. Americans are proud of their freedom but are not demonstrating that they can be responsible with it. Its time to allow for some “tyranny” in the government so that drastic changes can be made. Also, the constitution was written when the threat of invasion was real; 200 YEARS AGO!! In case this isn’t taught in American schools; THE INVASION HAS BEEN CANCELLED!! You can stand down!

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