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Nick Anderson

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    When the right to privacy assures those in the public the right to die? It IS an interesting challenge to the Constitution.

  2. cdward

    cdward said, about 3 years ago

    The solution to all your ills – more guns!

  3. rpmurray

    rpmurray said, about 3 years ago

    @cdward

    Actually the government solution to all our ills is more taxes to pay for the mental health treatment. Maybe they can add it to Obamacare.

  4. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    Rather than talk about what has been done, and who is and is not an idiot for thinking that way, I would really like to see some of us talk about what they believe should be done. Just a brief objective idea without anyone attacking the idea or the messenger. Even if your idea is to do nothing and let things happen as they happen, I am curious about ideas that perhaps I’ve not heard before.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  5. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, about 3 years ago

    It nice to see someone who knows their limitations and responsibly regulates themselves.

    The reason you see “gun lovers” as being ignorant or stupid is because that is the only way the media seems to be able to present them. It’s an agenda don’cha know.

    In reality they are no more or less “ignorant” than anyone else in the general population.

    We all – even the “gun lovers” agree that the mentally challenged should not be armed. However, the solution is not more restrictions on types of weapons sold but the lines of communication between states and agencies.

    Every state restricts the ability of mentally ill persons to acquire firearms.

    http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/justice/possession-of-a-firearm-by-the-mentally-ill.aspx

    Ditto for the requirement for background checks.

    http://www.tacticalmilsim.com/3-civilian-tactical/concealed-carry/A-Firearm-Background-Check-is-Required-to-Buy-a-Gun/

    The above article says : “every state now requires some sort of firearm background check before a gun can be sold.”

    What is missing is the ability for one state to access the records in another state.

    You are going to hear about how we need to pass laws to “keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill”. The laws are there already.

    Share information and enforce them. Don’t remove the rights of the people who obey laws and only want the ability to protect their loved ones and their community from criminal elements in the absence of available law enforcement officers.

  6. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, about 3 years ago

    Greater restrictions on weapons for the mentally ill. Better, more thorough psychiatric treatment. Better communication between states regarding gun sales.
    All good ideas. All also expensive, which means higher taxes. Are you willing to pay them?

  7. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    I only want to suggest that when you begin your comment by saying “gun lovers live in ignorance and fear”, you instantly diminish any positive effect your message might convey. You also pigeonhole some truly brilliant, compassionate, and GOOD people of every party, culture, and income bracket.
    ^
    I was once told that an ignorant person leaves their home, drives downtown, and while walking to the bank entrance, is killed by a lion that escaped from the circus. A stupid person hears that a lion has escaped the circus, drives downtown, and gets out of his car to see if he can find it, and it finds him first.
    Beyond that, thank you, PAJ, Bruce4671, and TheWolfInOurMidst for the thoughts and observations.
    Sincerely,
    C.

  8. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Hmm, what determines “mental health”, and responsible behavior?


    I shot a deer, for the first time ever, something I shot got back up and started to run off. I did finish off the wounded animal(my scope sighting WAS off) but “losing it” even for a moment at that time, scared me. I sold my guns. Then, after working with a psychologist who helped me a lot with my PTSD, after some 30 years of not being treated before going to VA, and carrying a gun in law enforcement for 10 of those years, with no problem, I was the one who realized I needed a little “help”. More serious cases, the person does NOT recognize a “problem”, and it is friends and family who should step up and advise them to get help. That applies to any form of “lower grade” emotional, or “mental” problems!


    We CAN help reduce suicides and other violence resulting from “mental problems”.


    BUT: the key fact is this, the VAST MAJORITY OF SHOOTINGS, are NOT by “mentally disturbed folks”!! Killing an ex-wife, may be anger, but not totally “crazy”. Gang violence may be crazy, but doesn’t qualify as a “mental case”. Shooting someone during a robbery is NOT a “mental problem”, but a sociological, economic, or merely a problem with “ethical control of desire”?


    BTW, many people under treatment for mental health issues, don’t have a violent bone in their bodies, or even “cruel cartilage”, so labels are easy to assign, but often quite inaccurate. That is the problem with letting either media, or public opinion, or “politics” determine action, or inaction, by lawmakers, or professional pundits.

  9. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    addendum: Many people who’ve had treatment for disorders, are FAR BETTER OFF, than a lot of “sane” folks who are just idiots! Yes, I do have firearms again, use them sensibly, and the “violent part” of my nature IS under control, because I now know how to deal with it. DO I still get angry at things, like STUPIDITY? Yes, but “hate” isn’t part of the equation, while frustration, often is.

  10. pirate227

    pirate227 said, about 3 years ago

    Reagan’s legacy lives on. Hey, let’s name something else after him. Like a cemetery.

  11. hphundt

    hphundt GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @pirate227

    And add the ACLU to that name. Everyone has the right to be crazy.

  12. warjoski

    warjoski GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Good luck with the ‘without…attacking…’ part. There aren’t many here who can do so. But thanks for trying.

    Wolf in Your Midst brings up a valid point. Any solution is going to have a price tag. I actually don’t mind higher taxes but I want to see bang for my buck (no pun intended).

  13. nemo5012

    nemo5012 said, about 3 years ago

    @The Wolf In Your Midst

    Doesn’t seem to matter to the government, seems they don’t ask when they want to increase taxes,

  14. spyderred

    spyderred said, about 3 years ago

    denis1112 forgets history. It was Ronald Reagan’s complete defunding of mental health treatment programs that put all those poor people on the streets, not the ACLU. That organization stopped people from imprisoning unwanted spouses and children without anything other than the signature of a single doctor, something easily purchased. Look up the Kennedy family’s treatment of Rosemary, sister to Jack.

  15. furnituremaker

    furnituremaker said, about 3 years ago

    as far as ACA goes, I got a notice from the VA today that informed me that the VA complies with ACA, nothing else is required…the letter also explained that those WITHOUT
    insurance would have to pay a percentage of what they paid
    in income tax…even in 2015 it would be a LOT less than
    they would have to pay if they got individual insurance…makes pretty good sense to me…just sayn’

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