Jeff Stahler by Jeff Stahler

Jeff Stahler

Comments (17) (Please sign in to comment)

  1. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Try to explain to them that we would rather waste money on the military than mental health care and reeducation of people unemployed or underemployed. Tell them that no matter what crap they watch in hollywood movies that it’s not real and it’s not the way to deal with people and problems. Tell them we need to unite as a country and quit making excuses for why we can’t do things and insist our government work to resolve our problems. Tell them we need to look in the mirror when they ask “why do these people kill each other?” ]Be honest with them and explain it’s our failure and encourage them to try to do better.

  2. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 2 years ago

    @mickey1339

    I am sorry, but to me children should remain as innocent of such evils in the world for as long as they can. There will certainly be enough time for them to grow up and fully experience the total evil and misery that exists in this world. Allow them to live a relatively happy and solid childhood, as long as they can. Many people seem to be sad that we have seemingly lost our sense of a good life, and even happy fantasies no longer seem a part of the childhood that many of us older (I am 70 years old) people experienced, and that is to a great extent just what is now wrong with our time. And if you really wish to bring the bible into this, then see just what Christ had to say about children. I think it was something about their having the very innocent attitudes in life that Heaven itself is composed of. While this may seem to be unrealistic to many, so is the concept of innocence, God, and Heaven itself!!
    No thank you, I will take my fantasies of my solid childhood!!!

  3. zoidknight

    zoidknight said, over 2 years ago

    How about not treating the kids like they are idiots until they are 30?

  4. zoidknight

    zoidknight said, over 2 years ago

    @Robert Landers

    How about we take the money from wellfare instead of the military? Kids are not even allowed to be kids anymore, everything has to be structured, including their free time.

  5. magicwalnut

    magicwalnut GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Reminds me do the story about some kid who, watching the Eisenhower funeral in 1969’ wondered “Who shot him?”

  6. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 2 years ago

    All of those books on that subject makes me think there are people out there that take the opportunity to make a few dollars out of a bad situation.

  7. Hedgehog

    Hedgehog said, over 2 years ago

    The truth is that children are a lot more resilient than adults (especially today’s adults) in times of tragedy.

  8. Mitchtheone

    Mitchtheone said, over 2 years ago

    When a child asks and not before. Let the child know at the age he or she is that the adults are doing the best they can to catch the people responsible.

    Then answer any other question the child might have. Sometime a child will have more questions some times not.

    If not then the child has all his/her concerns and curiosity satisfied. If more questions are forth coming. Do not lie just be as honest about your knowledge of the events. Be truthful.

    But keep in mind the age of your child when answering. A teen will probably know more than you, or think he or she will, about what has happened. Will have some opinions already. Be ready to answer those opinions honestly and give your own opinion(s) in an honest manner.

    A child of 7 will only know what he/she has heard from you, other adults, and possibly at a daycare/preschool. Again be honest and assure your child. But do not over load with too much information. Answer each question. Chances are that at 7 the child is only curious as to what has the adults all concerned and not much more than that.

    That is just my opinion on how to deal with such things when answering question[s] from children. The child is asking questions. A child is entitled to an honest answer from an adult. Again my opinion.

  9. californicated1

    californicated1 said, over 2 years ago

    Unfortunately, there may not be any way to talk to your children about any act of killing out there no “…For Dummies” or “The Complete Idiot’s Guide To…” approach is going to help, here.

    This is life as we know it in the here and now and things like bombings and mass shootings are things that do happen from time-to-time.

    As for why they happen?

    All we know is that the reasons for why they happen also vary with each incident and that there are also incidents out there where we may never know why they were carried out.

    To this day, we don’t know why Lee Harvey Oswald killed President Kennedy in 1963 any more than why James Eagan Holmes and Jared Lee Loughner did their acts and anybody who tells one differently should always be suspect and should have whatever evidence they present out there in support of their claims checked and verified.

    You can’t always keep your children safe from harm out there or from learning whatever information is out there and just like “the playground”, they may get some facts right, some facts partially right, some facts partially wrong, and some facts totally wrong and that’s part of life, too.

  10. elizabeth83522

    elizabeth83522 said, over 2 years ago

    When your kids ask a question answer truthfully. Know where they are and who they are with. Give them rules, tell them what they see on video games and in the movies is not the smart way to handle problems. And most of all give lots of hugs.

  11. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Robert Landers

    “No thank you, I will take my fantasies of my solid childhood!!!”


    I am 66. We played cowboys and Indians and TV consisted of Westerns, Victory at Sea serials, John Wayne movies etc. I read about war as a historical event and didn’t spend hours a day in a fantasy world of violence and killing people with video games.


    In reference to the Bible, in Matthew 19:14, Jesus said: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”


    As I see this, he was saying for us to display the openness, love and simple faith of a child and to treat each other accordingly. That should be what we strive for, but we can’t blind ourselves to reality and shouldn’t to the children.
    Howie said “mickey: your mirror appears to have several cracks.”
    Yes it does, because we rationalize the wars, the interventions, and the violence as
    “a necessary evil.” Isn’t there a better way? Did we have to start and continue 2 wars to respond to 9/11? Do we have to constantly intervene in others lives as if we have all the answers for them?


    Our world has dramatically changed in my 66 years and the answers I would give to my children has changed. I would strive to teach them to live be a higher standard, but make honestly make them aware of the world as it is.


    My mother always taught us to do all we could to avoid violence, including just walking away rather than trying to prove we were “right.” My father taught us to avoid violence if possible, but if you have to fight, “there are no queen’s rules on the street.” Following my mother’s sage advice kept me out of many avoidable conflicts. Following my father’s kept me alive when there wasn’t a choice.

  12. Ken M

    Ken M GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Missing a couple of titles in there: “How to talk to your children about Life” and “The Holy Bible.” The most important thing is to teach them that it’s okay to be wary and alert, but equally important to be educated, aware and not afraid to walk out the door and meet life head on. Living in constant fear is no way to live at all.

  13. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 2 years ago

    What, nobody likes the point of the toon?
    .
    The point that we keep dealing with consequences rather than dealing with causes.
    .
    The books are all about recent and continuing acts of random violence killing Americans.
    .
    All the comments seem to be on left out titles and pop psychology, nothing at all to do with the message of the toon.

  14. 3hourtour

    3hourtour GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    ..I just think we should send the kids out in the fields and factories for 12 hours a day or so picking cotton or tomatoes,building Chevies and pounding steel….

  15. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Grenada, Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Honduras, Cambodia, Laos: a few countries where we (friendly America) explained the “facts of life” to seven-year-olds, by bombing their homes, killing their parents, and blowing off some of their limbs.


    Yep, here at home we have to “defend” them from knowing anything about sex until they, or their girlfriends, are pregnant, or we have to explain what all the violence on the news, let alone “video games” is all about.

  16. Load the rest of the comments (2).