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  1. ARodney

    ARodney said, almost 4 years ago

    Canada and Australia manage to provide their citizens with the guns they need, without allowing crazy people to have assault weapons. It’s not like there aren’t examples of countries who are doing a LOT better than we are at protecting themselves from home-grown terrorists and crazy people. I hope that our representatives in Washington will realize that the NRA doesn’t even represent the wishes of its own members, and pass assault weapons bans. We could probably get a law passed here in Colorado, since we have a sane group in government at the moment, but it’s a short drive to Arizona. This needs to be a federal issue.

  2. HenryPercy

    HenryPercy said, almost 4 years ago

    Since 1980 more than 4000 Americans have been victims of mass murder. (And that is just the tip of the iceberg. Since 1990 660,000 thousand Americans have been killed by guns, with a million more injured.) Since the 1980’s arms manufacturers have been a major source of funding for the NRA. Since the 1980’s the NRA has reaped millions of dollars from the direct sale of ammunition and high capacity magazines by mail. Since the 1980’s arms manufacturers have flooded the US with first cheap guns and then more and more powerful weaponry for profit. Who needs a handgun with a 20 round magazine? Who needs an assault rifle? Who needs 40 caliber antiaircraft machine guns? NO ONE. But weapons manufacturers and the NRA need us to buy them. Weapons manufacturers and the NRA need us to live in fear of each other possessing them so we have to buy more of them to feel secure. The NRA and weapons makers directly profit from mass murder.

  3. AgentSmith101

    AgentSmith101 said, almost 4 years ago

    Banning assault weapons will not solve anything. It is also avoiding the problem which is how we handle dealing with mental illness and gun ownership.
    Change the american culture back to guns as a defense not a weapons for resolving anger or gaining respect.
    We need to have an honest conversation how we help people who are disturbed enough to feel the need to walk into public places and kill people regardless of the method. There truly is a reason why people do this. Please stop handing waving in the other direction with useless bans. Education not restriction will save us.

  4. decimuscaelius

    decimuscaelius said, almost 4 years ago

    disarm the working class? just the solution favored by hitler, stalin, and the approaching policie state here.

  5. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Ok, so are our schools going to be like those in Iraq or Afghanistan – walled fortresses patrolled by guards armed with automatic weapons? Hell, we can’t “afford” teachers – how much y’think the security will cost? Maybe we should just convert prisons to schools, or set up separate wings?
    How do we protect ourselves from the lunatics if we lack the will to devote resources?

  6. CasualBrowser

    CasualBrowser GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago


    “Change the american culture back to guns as a defense not a weapons for resolving anger or gaining respect.”
    Wonderful idea, but how to accomplish it?

  7. D Lee

    D Lee GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Dianne Feinstein’s bill is the right idea, but the wrong solution. There is no point in outlawing guns. They are out there, there are millions, they are made of metal and will last for a thousand years if they are kept oiled. Failing that, I could find materials in my basement that would produce a workable gun, and it doesn’t take much knowledge of the subject to figure out how to do it.

    Bullets, on the other hand, are time consuming to make and require specific equipment. Production of enough to do serious damage would require planning and patience that are not characteristic of those who shoot up elementary schools. And, working on such a project might attract the attention of someone sane.

    Bullets can be individually stamped, and their sale can be registered, so that every bullet can be traced back to the person who purchased it. This way, a guy who wants to buy a couple boxes of bullets to go shoot deer, or the woman who wants a box to keep with the gun in her bedside drawer, won’t set off any warning bells. But the guy who is buying an arsenal will attract attention before he finds a more lethal way to do it.

  8. outside looking in

    outside looking in said, almost 4 years ago

    draft everyone at 18 teach them what guns are for then put them in guard or reserves for 8yrs if they are con objs to the peace corp to drill or build and use riflemen to protect them no deferments military or public service i am a vet

  9. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, almost 4 years ago

    One of the guys where I used to work had an uncle who died, and left him several guns.
    He put an ad in the local Flyer, with a list of what he wanted to sell, and his phone number.
    Someone called and said he would like to look at the guns. So this guy gave out his apartment address and said he would be home in an hour.
    When he got home, the lock had been picked and the guns were all stolen.
    I think it was two shotguns and three rifles that are out there somewhere now.

  10. Rickapolis

    Rickapolis said, almost 4 years ago

    GUNS DO KILL. Don’t believe the same old nonsense from the pro gun lobby that apparently feel that their right to own an assault weapon is more important than a six year old’s right to turn seven. We’re already hearing the old replies that we heard after Columbine, Luby’s, Va. Tech, and all the other slaughters over the last forty years or so. If the weapons were banned all those children would be alive to celebrate Christmas. If you are arguing for the right to own assault weapons it’s time to reexamine your life and your priorities. You cannot defend the indefensible so please don’t try. It’s offensive

  11. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 4 years ago


    ‘…our schools ….. patrolled by guards armed with automatic weapons?’
    In 1984/85 my high-school was patrolled by the national defence force (all schools were) against a potential terrorist threat.
    Fun experience, I recommend it.

    @genemascho ‘draft everyone at 18 teach them what guns are for then put them in guard or reserves for 8yrs if they are con objs to the peace corp to drill or build and use riflemen to protect them no deferments military or public service i am a vet’
    Better than military drills, I suggest grammar drills. Phew, that was some sentence. :-|
    So, this dude’s solution is to make everyone gun savvy? :-D
    One has to laugh, he’s probably even serious, which makes it even funnier. :-|

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    This shooter used guns in his own home, they were NOT “stolen”, period. They were his mother’s guns, and NOT properly stored, which is typical in America.

    I carried a gun daily at work for a decade. When off duty, all my guns were secured so my kids couldn’t get at them. My kids NEVER had “toy” guns. At age 12, both were taught to shoot, and instructed in gun safety,and shown what bullets do, to animals, and people, as part of that “ethics” lesson. One is now an RN and doesn’t like guns, though she’s very good with them, and respects them. The second spent 13 years in the military, is very good with shotgun and pistols, but doesn’t seem as “gifted” with rifles.

    We definitely need stronger gun regulations, including banning any magazine for a rifle/shotgun holding more than five rounds, and limiting sidearms to a maximum of 12 rounds, now typical for a 9 mm.

    The illegal SALE of a weapon should bring a penalty not less than 10 years in prison. Just like with illegal drug sales, it is the seller who should pay the price.

  13. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Penalties for illegal sales of a weapon should get at least 10 years in prison. And how do they justify giving pot smokers 10 years in prison? Tax it a lot, regulate when and when it can’t be smoked, and let the ones in jail out now.I don’t think the reason we have the highest incarceration in the world because we are all so bad.

    The ones who need to serve time are the banksters and those that give “corporate welfare” and who take it.
    In other words, match the time with the crime.

  14. TheIronMouse

    TheIronMouse said, almost 4 years ago

    True and to the point. God bless the Fallen.

  15. AgentSmith101

    AgentSmith101 said, almost 4 years ago

    it’s a chicken or the egg argument. Was our culture started by entertainment media or do we just crave it and the media obliged? Either way it start there. Reduce or eliminate the amount of killings we see done in anger, or for their respect aspect. Not to mention the media sensationalism done while reporting these massacres. Ever notice when most shooting are covered that it ‘s mostly women and teen age girls that are the focus. They emote more than the men and teen age boys and that gets focus and attention. Pretty cynical, but that’s what happens. You now have one-upmanship with would-be killers out there.

    It’s not an ‘either or’ argument. Assault weapons can still exist and we can still make steps toward making public places safer. You will never make any place 100% safe. Not that we shouldn’t try, but there are other alternatives.
    I’m not normally this one sided on an argument, but I’ve also been the victim of a shooting. I still don’t think banning the weapon the shooter used in my case would have made any difference. What did make a difference was the people were around who were trained in martial arts and disarmed the person. It was a matter of maybe 10-20 sec. per what the police report said. If they would have been armed less people would have died.

    Again. Even talking about banning assault weapons has nothing to do with solving the actual problem which is reexamining how we handle mental health care. Remove the need to pick up a gun to vent or make your mark on the world and a great deal of this can go away.
    On the flip side would Adam Lanza have gone into that school if he knew it wasn’t such an easy and horrifying target? Schools, malls, movie theaters, and public functions. They all have one thing in common. “Gun free zones” (with the exception of inner cities) none of those places are armed or protected properly. Even if the people at the front desk of the school were trained on how to handle visitors who had no business being at the school.

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