Jerry Holbert by Jerry Holbert

Jerry Holbert

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  1. subrashankar

    subrashankar said, about 3 years ago

    Death wishes bonus included with every sale.

  2. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    Ultimately, this is going to be an issue for the states. A person who used to comment on GC a lot, an avid gun owner and competitive shooter, used CA’s regs as an example. He taught me a lot, and I’m sorry he left GC, he like others, was driven away by vitriol and lack of willingness of neighbors to talk about the issues.
    If common sense gun reform is to be enacted and existing gun laws enforced, it will be up to the voters to step up and say so at the ballot box. Writing to your legislators also has value, but it is your vote that means most. The other thing to do is to have a mental power point presentation ready whenever a chance to talk to a neighbor in a civil and respectful manner appears. Whether it is guns, healthcare, election reform, et al, it is up to us to lobby for what we believe, and to help those who agree with us register to vote and get to the voting station.
    Guns, like abortion, has become an impossible issue for us as a nation. The lines are drawn and the emotion palpable.
    There will be more mass shootings. Another occurred last night.
    As the deaths mount, states may grow tired and resolve to make changes. However, until the nation resolves to make changes at the ballot box, we must bury the dead, punish the guilty, and move to do things which legislators can do without the controversy they fear… things like repairing bridges, or passing long term budgets so the “job creators” will feel safe hiring and investing in new products.
    My nephews wife works in an elementary school only 100 miles from Sandy Hook. My sister has gone to that movie in Aurora many times. My niece walked past the spot where the Boston bombs exploded just an hour prior to the explosion. The “What ifs” whirl in my mind and make me ill…
    but it takes voters in states to make legislators, state and national, work on problems. And they’re not impressed with us.
    With sadness,
    & Respect,

  3. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    But what’s the solution, PAJ?
    I’ve had policemen tell me I should get a conceal carry permit because my wife’s handicap makes it impossible for her to run from danger, or to even stand up easily if she falls. As each of these events occur, I consider it with more and more seriousness.
    But I’m sure you agree that it is sad our society is deteriorating to a point that these types of shootings, once separated by decades, seem to be separated by mere months, even days.
    Stay safe neighbor.

  4. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    Yesterday, under Lisa Benson’s cartoon, I had an exchange with dzw3030 and Ms. Benson’s cartoon has moved on and this must be said where he is likely to see it.
    @ DZW3030 - DZ, you are right.
    I did set myself a low bar. The articles I read made it sound as if the NRA had something more than a mere marketing database, and I let my emotions on this issue make me break a rule. “The only thing worse than a lie, is a lie told as a truth.”
    I should have been more thoughtful about something for which I have so little information. As I am trying to hold myself to a high standard, I thank you for encouraging me to do so without flames or insults.
    I apologize for my hubris, and sincerely thank you for calling me on it.

  5. jack75287

    jack75287 said, about 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    We have background checks now, better ones to protect us from mental illness is the way to go. Aaron Alexis we now know heard voices in his head, All these mass shootings have one issue in common the mentally ill.

    How many of these guys would only need a few months to get help and could be released quickly without deaths? Instead we let them go and fester till something sets them off. This is one social aid program I could get behind.

  6. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, about 3 years ago

    One of the greatest ironies I see on GoComics as well as the popular news outlets is hearing some of the more vocal members of the right wing complain that Obamacare will be over-reaching and intrusive because it will collect the health and personal information of every American into a single database which they believe can be accessed by anyone wanting to get personal information about every American.
    But then, whenever we have a mass shooting, the shooter is labeled as mentally unstable, and instead of restricting the types or number of guns available (the latest started with a shotgun), they cry for a more over-reaching and intrusive healthcare database so that the mentally unstable can be identified by anyone doing a background check to prevent them from acquiring a gun.
    It sounds like they want Obamacare, as long as it isn’t Obamacare.

  7. dzw3030

    dzw3030 said, about 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Thank you… A major problem in our society is the ready insult/flame and the all too convenient “send” key. You did snag one of my button issues, though.

  8. jack75287

    jack75287 said, about 3 years ago

    Fast and Furious is a farce so glad to here that, nice to know thoset boarder agents are alive.

  9. Kylop

    Kylop said, about 3 years ago

    Jerry, I take exception to your ‘toon. Vader is known to have said "Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed……"

    Go to 1:18

  10. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    "Need any death panels? We’ve got those.

    They’re employed by the insurance companies.

  11. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    PAJ: Tucson was NOT a “gun free zone”, the ARMED guy who didn’t USE his weapon, quite wisely, helped tackle the shooter. Ft. Hood was NOT a “gun free zone”. The first person shot at the Naval yard was the ARMED GUARD! On the parking lot at Columbine, the first person “contacted” by the shooters was an ARMED GUARD! At the Holocaust museum, the first person shot was THE ARMED GUARD!

    Tell me again how an armed amateur is going to stop an armed gunman?

    And yes, the fact that across the country, too many police, for the first time in their lives actually being shot at, DO NOT respond with accuracy, and innocent bystanders have been shot, it is not just in New York!

    It’s just as important to know when NOT TO SHOOT, as I ran into several times while in law enforcement. One incident, a dumb kid had been shooting off rounds, when we approached him, one of the other officers hollered “GuN! Shoot him!” I saw the kid’s weapon was unloaded, no clip, slide back, and yelled for folks NOT to shoot! It IS a matter, again, of EXPERIENCE and observation!!

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