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  1. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 4 years ago

    18 dead is normal? 18 families in grief. 18 schools and/or businesses where a friend/classmate/coworker/etc is missing. 18 funerals. 18 hospital bills for failed attempts to keep someone alive, or storing the body in a morgue until the funeral director comes to collect the body. 18 x the number of friends/family missing work in order to go to a funeral.
    Such a small number when one considers how many are effected.
    to reply to the first commentator,
    Jesus would not approve of gun deaths, car deaths, or unkind sarcasm. But I could be wrong, I only know him from some writings where he said, Love one another. Maybe he really said, Kill them all-God knows his own.
    But I don’t think so…
    “The Greatest of these is Love.”
    that sounds like the Jesus I believe in.

  2. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, almost 4 years ago

    Jesus doesn’t approve or disapprove of anything. He’s dead.

  3. Kevin Robinson

    Kevin Robinson said, almost 4 years ago

    How about the 125 daily average for automobile related deaths. I guess it is more socially acceptable to die behind the wheel than by a gunshot. Of those 18 how many are related to other criminal acts and not straight out murder.

  4. cdward

    cdward said, almost 4 years ago

    Does it matter?

  5. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, almost 4 years ago


  6. cdward

    cdward said, almost 4 years ago

    It’s the people with the guns. And the lame argument about vehicular deaths is just that – lame. Without legs. Why? Because these are accidents, first of all. As a pastor, I’ve buried both car accident victims and gun murder victims. I guarantee the families feel differently about those deaths. How a person dies does matter. But aside from that, why should a high number of car deaths negate the fact that there are way too many PREVENTABLE and unnecessary gun deaths. By all means, let’s work for fewer auto deaths. In fact, law changes and technology changes are making a dramatic difference. But why should we not also work to reduce far more easily preventable gun deaths? We know that it’s possible to do so in a free and prosperous society because many others have done it. Are you suggesting that we’re too dumb to be able to do what others do? Or that we’re too arrogant to learn from others? Or that we just like shooting people?

  7. cdward

    cdward said, almost 4 years ago

    Actually, historical evidence (non-Christian) is pretty strong that Jesus did exist. But from all that’s known about him, he would disapprove of the guns and NRA.

  8. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, almost 4 years ago

    “And thousands of auto deaths and disabilities. PRAISE JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!”
    Interesting story for you –
    In 2006, I was in Ireland, sitting in a pub in Kildare. The news on the TV ran a story about drinking and driving, and gave some local statistics. The other patrons near us began discussing how terrible it was that 7 people had died in County Kildare from drinking and driving in 2005. I told them back home, we called that “Tuesday”. It’s amazing that a country stereotypically known for drinking has such a low percentage of drunk driving deaths compared to us. I guess we’re just stupid. Any thoughts from Germany, Morty?

  9. Kylie2112

    Kylie2112 said, almost 4 years ago

    @Kevin Robinson

    Consider the number of people who actively drive in a given day, compared to those who actively handle a gun each day.

  10. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 4 years ago


    I guess being an atheist you don’t understand the concept of preaching to the choir?
    The first commenter on this string claims to be a Christian and invoked the name of Jesus.
    Being one who of the deluded who believes in the God of Abraham- who is the God worshiped by Moses, Daniel, Jesus, and Mohammed, I find it easier to debate with other ‘believers’ if I use the same frame of reference as they.
    As I have no proof my beliefs are valid, I do not expect, require, or vote to have my beliefs made law. I have total respect for the hundreds of compassionate “unbelievers” I’ve come to know. I also have total disgust for many self proclaimed “faithful” who do harm to others in the name of God.
    You may well be right, Chillbilly. However, your statement has no value. It is gratuitous and already accepted by other atheists, and it is a slap in the face of people who have made real sacrifices in the name of love and compassion based on the sayings of a dead man, who might, and you can’t disprove this, still be watching what’s happening.
    I don’t insult the atheists & agnostics in these discussions, but just because I still believe in “Santa Claus” doesn’t make it right, or even nice, for you bludgeon me with your ‘facts."
    If the name of Jesus hadn’t been invoked by one who often makes comments with a religious slant, I would not have used it either.
    I have no proof, but if I had proof, I wouldn’t need faith.
    It’s like courage. If you’re never afraid, what do need to be brave for?
    & Faithfully,

  11. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    “I have no proof, but if I had proof, I wouldn’t need faith.
    It’s like courage. If you’re never afraid, what do need to be brave for?”

    C: In my 66 years yours is one of the best responses to the “question” of faith I have ever heard. One of my quests at this time of my life is to practice more prayer and meditation in my life to be able to better hear and understand “the still small voice” that speaks to my heart and gives me direction and guidance.

    This is only meant to be a continuing affirmation in my mind to the quality of person in C. Downs. Like many I know and respect in this complex world, he is a man of reason and constantly displays an attitude of fairness and respect.

    Without getting too schmaltzy, I give him great credit for his example of trying to provide fact to these often opinionated discussions, which at times can be just trying to be a voice of reason to get others to think rationally rather than emotionally.

  12. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, almost 4 years ago

    Cars are actually very affordable in Ireland, you can buy one for as low as 2000 Euro. The percentage of homes that have cars is about the same as ours. Believe me, the traffic from Kildare to Dublin every morning and every evening caused me to opt for the train instead. But you are right – there is a pub in every neighborhood. In fact, in looking for an apartment, almost every listing said how close it was to a pub.
    So perhaps you’ve hit on something: Let’s use the NRA solution to our drunk driving problem. Increase the alcohol consumption and availability of alcohol in this country and see if that works. Lets make sure there are bars and pubs in every neighborhood so nobody has to drive to get drunk. No more blue laws or dry counties, it is your civic duty to drink to protect yourself and everyone else from drunk drivers.

  13. lonecat

    lonecat said, almost 4 years ago

    Outside Christian writings, there are brief references in Josephus and Tacitus — Josephus was born in 37AD, Tacitus was born in 56, so neither counts as a strictly contemporary witness. At a minimum, however, the passages suggest that a couple of educated people at the time accepted Jesus as historical. Personally, I think the Pauline letters are sufficient evidence. Yes, they are Christian writings, but there is no reason to think that they (well, some) are not authentic, and it’s hard to imagine the circumstances under which they would have been written if Paul and others at the time didn’t have good reason to accept the historicity of Jesus. Paul, of course, never met Jesus, but he was dealing with people who did know him — his relatives, in fact. So there seems to be no good reason to deny the historicity of Jesus, even if the rest of the story is made up.

  14. jack75287

    jack75287 said, almost 4 years ago

    I will pray for you sir!

  15. jack75287

    jack75287 said, almost 4 years ago

    It is amazing that the left wants to get rid of guns when 2/3rds of the gun related deaths are self inflected while they support Assisted Suicide.

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