Glenn McCoy by Glenn McCoy

Glenn McCoy

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  1. comicgos

    comicgos said, about 2 years ago

    No problem – the NRA will make sure we get even MORE guns to fix the problem!

  2. Ambydextrous

    Ambydextrous said, about 2 years ago

    Another reason to consider home schooling.

  3. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    In previous cases it’s been “arm everyone in every school”, and now that’s supposed to mean first graders?

  4. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    I live in California. We have probably some of the tightest gun regulations in the nation. 15 day waiting period for purchase with 3 level background checks done. For purchase of a handgun you must pass a proficiency test on handling and safety. High cap. magazines are illegal. Transporting firearms is specified so ammunition is not “conveniently” available to the firearms. Gun cases must be locked. All firearms have to be cleared by the California Dept. of Justice before they can be sold in the state. Many aren’t. In some cases if you are a collector you must have gun safe level of storage. It’s inconvenient and more expensive but it does help to limit kids getting “accidentally” shot by guns left unsecured. Personally i would like to see the law extended that gun safes or locked storage were mandatory for all firearms owners.
    Unfortunately in spite of all these rules and regulation Los Angeles still has a terrible death rate from shootings, most of it from gang and drug related shootings. Chicago has highly restrictive laws regarding firearms and it is the murder capital of the country. The shooting in the mall in Oregon was a rifle stolen from a friend. The shooter in Newton was using his mother’s guns. Would these have been prevented if the owners had to keep them locked in a safe? Good possibility. In today’s violence glorified culture I think we need to exercise every precaution we can for preventative purposes. Many states in the country do not have the same regulations California does and that’s one place people can slip through the cracks in purchasing guns. I have trained dozens of people, men women and children in safe handling of firearms. Respect for the deadly capability of all guns was a big part of it.
    Prohibition doesn’t work. History proves it. Drunk drivers killed (approx) 10,500 in the U.S.. Firearms related deaths were 9,150 in that year (2010). Do we outlaw alcohol? 75 million people own firearms in America and purchases have gone up dramatically in the last four years. The fact is, America has always been a gun owning culture.
    China has security in most of their elementary schools because they have had so many attacks on children in recent years, mostly by people considered “mentally ill.” Most of them used knives and axes; China does not allow any gun ownership. The latest was 22 children attacked by a “disturbed” man with a knife.
    I believe there is a lot of room to improve the gun laws, but I think if we focus our efforts on treating mental health conditions we would be far ahead. The Colorado theater shooter was seeing a therapist that should have reported him. The Newton shooter will be shown to have serious mental health conditions. I would almost guarantee you that his mom didn’t have the guns stored in a locked safe or secure inaccessible storage.
    My heart breaks for the families in Newton. There is nothing more heinous than violent crimes against children. Unfortunately when we have a tragedy like this our reaction is to ban something instead of dealing with the underlying problems in our society. I didn’t even want to get into a written confrontation over this because so many people are understandably in pain, but I hoped maybe some would at least consider another side of the discussion.

    http://www.justfacts.com/guncontrol.asp#ownership

    http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/impaired_driving/impaired-drv_factsheet.html

    http://www.chinanationalnews.com/index.php/sid/211386916/scat/9366300fc9319e9b

  5. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, about 2 years ago

    @mickey1339

    I appreciate that we should not be inflaming at this incredibly sad time.
    However, I need to point out that in the Chinese example you used, 22 children were attacked by a knife wielder, none died.
    Compare that with Newtown, where 20 children died by gun.

  6. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, about 2 years ago

    This is being talked about around the world. (I am not in the USA.) We can’t figure out why you raise your kids in such a dangerous place, and insist on keeping it dangerous.

  7. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 2 years ago

    I bet there’s a whole lot of info that’s going to come out about this guys mental problems. Sounds like the parents were pretty well off so they probably had him in therapy. We need psychologists and parents more willing to notify authorities when relatives/patients have suicidal or homicidal thoughts instead of just “trying to help them”.
    Very sad day for our country.
    Btw I think our President gave a very heartfelt and appropriate statement and I commend him for it. (Ya I said it)

  8. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, about 2 years ago

    @ConserveGov

    I tip my cap to you, Sir, for your gracious comment.
    But I ask in all sincerity, how do you folks keep the guns away from the crazies? Two thirds of the USA’s gun deaths are suicides.

  9. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 2 years ago

    You keep the guns away from the crazies by putting them in secured mental institutions. It’s a nice thought that we can help seriously disturbed people (like this sicko) with therapy and a helping hand, but we can’t. Lock em up.
    Btw Mexico has VERY strict gun control laws and we all know how things are there.

  10. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 2 years ago

    March 13, 1996 – Scotland
    A deranged gun collector kills 16 children aged four to six and their teacher at a school in Dunblane. He then kills himself.

    April 26, 2002 – Germany
    16 people, including 12 teachers and two students, are gunned down at a school in Erfurt in eastern Germany by a 19-year-old former student, apparently in revenge for having been expelled.

    April 16, 2007 – United States
    A South Korean student kills 32 people on his campus at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. He then kills himself.

    November 7, 2007 – Finland
    An 18-year-old student opens fire in a school in southern Finland killing five boys, two girls and the headmistress before turning his gun on himself.

    September 23, 2008 – Finland
    Eleven people, including the gunman, die in a massacre at a training school at Kauhajoki, Finland.

    March 11, 2009 – Germany
    Nine pupils, three teachers and three passers-by are killed in a school shooting at Winnenden in southern Germany by a former pupil who then kills himself.

    April 7, 2011 – Brazil
    A man believed to be a former student opens fire in a school in Rio de Janeiro killing 10 people and wounding 18 others before taking his own life.

  11. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Wasn’t that a republican idea to close the mental facilities to save money?

  12. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 2 years ago

    @Rad-ish

    I’m not sure, Radish, but I think that was a Democratic thing brought on by the hippies. I had a janitor that worked for me that was OK except for his inability to care for himself. He was on again off again homeless. The guy could have been a professor of history specializing in the U. S. Civil. He was no danger to anyone, but he should have been institutionalized for his own well being. There was no place for him to go since they had closed the “light duty” mental institutions.

    I don’t doubt that the Republicans went along with the closing idea because it would save money.

  13. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, about 2 years ago

    @ConserveGov

    With respect, that’s a big spread of dates and almost the only massacre ever in those countries.
    However, we’re getting used to hearing that amount of bad news within a single year or two from USA only.
    And you’ve left out lots of countries that never have massacres, especially those countries that restrict gun ownership, loony or not.
    In any case, the examples provided simply encourage the idea that there should be severe gun restrictions, which happened in Australia and no more massacres after 1996.

  14. oldrellek99

    oldrellek99 said, about 2 years ago

    @mikefive

    That would be Reagan

  15. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, about 2 years ago

    ask yourself, do we need guns?

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