Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, about 3 years ago

    That about says it. Too many fools out there blaming inanimate objects rather than the evil that wields them.

  2. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Just buy next door, and walk right over. It’s why we need NATIONAL standards, with some teeth. The “Brady Bill” was defanged by Republicans, like government not keeping records over 24 hours. Ah, but the NRA does!

  3. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, about 3 years ago

    I’m sitting remembering Alan Greenspan’s March 2 2001 testimony that the Clinton surpluses were on pace to pay off the national debt – all of it – by the end of 2010; thinking Liza’s trying to change the subject AGAIN. 2 to 1 her next’s ’toon is on the horrors of abortion.

  4. ChevJames007

    ChevJames007 said, about 3 years ago

    Finally, a political cartoonist who got it right!

  5. ChevJames007

    ChevJames007 said, about 3 years ago

    And the Dems don’t want to let a good tragedy go to waste!

  6. ARodney

    ARodney said, about 3 years ago

    The Navy Yards were not a gun-free zone. In fact, the shooter used guns he found there, and the police arrived (with guns) in minutes. Twelve people still died. DC"s laws hardly matter while Virginia and the rest of the country allows the sale of shotguns to people with a long history of mental illness. Let’s count our blessings that Virginia at least prevented him from buying the AR-15 he wanted (not because of any mental problems, but because he’s a Texan).

  7. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    Ms. Benson seems to be addressing the fact that despite the many cities with strict gun laws, there is always a nearby local, in this case, the entire state of Virginia, where guns can be bought and then easily transported anywhere. My biggest complaint about Va is that under current law, if you buy a gun at one of the many gun shows held across the state each year, and unless you buy from a licensed gun dealer at that gun show, there is no background check at all. Even Al Qayadah has told wannabe terrorists that gun shows can supply them with all the weapons they might want.
    There were some great suggestions in reply to my question yesterday about what should we do starting now, and the one I saw most was for the laws on the books to be enforced. Sadly, the ability of the ATF and law enforcement to do so has been severely limited and one state had a recent vote to pass a law that would make any federal agent trying to enforce gun laws subject to a one year sentence in jail. That law failed to pass by only ONE vote.
    Another law makes it legal for blind people to own and carry guns.
    As a gun owner myself, I support background checks, a gun registry for the gov’t at least as good as what the NRA has, and special permits required for magazines that carry more than 10 rounds. However, I am not terrified of my gov’t and I trust law enforcement, our military, and the Constitution more than some of our neighbors.
    I’m sorry we don’t live in a more civil, respectful, and educated society where people at risk for doing these shootings might be less inclined to do so, or be more easily identified before ruining so many lives. In the absence of that level of civilization, we should do something. If I have to register my car and my dog with the city, then why not my shotgun and rifle? And don’t tell me because the gov’t is going to take it away because frankly, I won’t believe you. That’s just an excuse. Even the NRA at one time supported more restrictions on certain weapons and the only ones benefiting from the status quo are the gun makers, and those who want access without identification.

  8. Enoki

    Enoki said, about 3 years ago

    Maybe if they paid the guards there $50 an hour they’d do a better job. After all, that sort of thinking permeates so many other public sector jobs….

  9. Darren Blair

    Darren Blair said, about 3 years ago


    1. The guy didn’t “find” the guns there; he overpowered a guard.
    2. IIRC, the shotgun was purchased in either Oregon or Washington State, not Virginia.

  10. lonecat

    lonecat said, about 3 years ago

    There’s always evil, but evil isn’t always armed.

  11. Incredulous

    Incredulous said, about 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Most of those horses died years ago. Please stop beating them.

  12. Incredulous

    Incredulous said, about 3 years ago

    “After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it. I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.”

    William S. Burroughs

  13. lonecat

    lonecat said, about 3 years ago


    from wiki:
    “In 1951, Burroughs shot and killed Vollmer (his common-law wife) in a drunken game of “William Tell” at a party above the American-owned Bounty Bar in Mexico City. He spent 13 days in jail before his brother came to Mexico City and bribed Mexican lawyers and officials to release Burroughs on bail while he awaited trial for the killing, which was ruled culpable homicide. Vollmer’s daughter, Julie Adams, went to live with her grandmother, and William S. Burroughs, Jr., went to St. Louis to live with his grandparents. Burroughs reported every Monday morning to the jail in Mexico City while his prominent Mexican attorney worked to resolve the case. According to James Grauerholz, two witnesses had agreed to testify that the gun had gone off accidentally while he was checking to see if it was loaded, and the ballistics experts were bribed to support this story. Nevertheless, the trial was continuously delayed and Burroughs began to write what would eventually become the short novel Queer while awaiting his trial. However, when his attorney fled Mexico after his own legal problems involving a car accident and altercation with the son of a government official, Burroughs decided, according to Ted Morgan, to “skip” and return to the United States. He was convicted in absentia of homicide and was given a two-year sentence which was suspended."

  14. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago


    I’m not positive I understand what ‘horse’ you think I’m beating, Incredulous.
    First, as one for whom horses were best friends as a child, I’d never beat one. My horse waited at the corner of the field for me to come home.
    However, I understand the metaphor you’re using and respectfully disagree. This situation is more analogous to an invasive species. When an undesirable species begins causing harm to the system in which it’s taken hold, it takes constant vigilance, diligence, and effort to find a way to reduce the harm being done. Ignoring the harm being done simply allows more damage to occur until soon, too many precious things are lost.
    Your Burroughs quote is one with which I agree, but I also find living in a society where our children and neighbors are being killed in such high numbers to be equally unacceptable, and wish to find some way to see it reduced substantially. Though I know that as long as humans continue to be uncivil and disrespectful to one another, death by gun, knife, poison, or any other tool, including bare hands, will never be eliminated.
    Thank you for your reply, but I will never stop trying to weed out a harmful invasive species.

  15. coffee_mom11

    coffee_mom11 said, about 3 years ago


    Perfectly said — and eloquently rendered by Lisa Benson.

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