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  1. ODon

    ODon said, almost 4 years ago

    Hmm, wonder who we could start with???

  2. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, almost 4 years ago

    Yes, universal healthcare would help families get the support they need for their children or other loved ones. If you don’t have to worry about going into debt for seeing a specialist like a psychiatrist, more mentally ill people caould be identified and treated BEFORE they go on a shooting rampage.
    BTW: check with your own health insurance company. Many plans don’t cover more than 2 or 3 mental health visits per year, and extended treatments (hospital stays or clinical retreats) are only covered up to a percentage of the cost, possibly leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt to the family to cure or treat someone. Glad to see you joined our side of the healthcare debate!

  3. Stipple

    Stipple said, almost 4 years ago

    I would certainly buy a black market gun that shoots, not government issued crap.
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    The laws we have now cover everything, but for some reason the laws are ignored by lawbreakers.
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    Yup, more laws, that’s the answer.

  4. Rottiluv

    Rottiluv GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    I’ve looked over Conneticut’s gun laws and they’re pretty tight. In fact they out strip Canada’s laws in a lot of ways. I keep hearing people screaming about “more gun laws” but nobody seems to know EXACTLY what laws they want in place. There’s already laws against stealing guns, there’s already laws against killing people. Securing the guns better? Sure, but what are you going to do, give police the right to come into your house whenever they feel like it to randomly check? Bringing in a limited clip size? It only takes a second to change a clip.
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    I think going after the gun control is the wrong approach. First we have to look at the mental health issue. Second we have to look at why, as a society, there are so many angry young people who think their only way of dealing with life is to lash out at random people.

  5. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    I think the issue of making mental health care more available is a side show. It’s impossible to know for sure who is dangerous. The latest reports say that the CT shooter may have went on the rampage because he thought he was about to be committed. I think we need better access to ALL kinds of health care, but unless we start locking up people who haven’t actually committed a crime, this don’t cut it.

    To paraphrase an old line:

    It’s the guns, stupid.

  6. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @Rottiluv

    "I’ve looked over Conneticut’s gun laws and they’re pretty tight. "

    And yet, a woman, with an adult child with emotional stability issues living with her, was able to legally purchase a high caliber semi-automatic rifle and large quantities of ammo. If this is where the laws are strict, I must be missing something.

  7. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release said, almost 4 years ago

    Its big talk until the NRA decides to cut their funding and place attack ads for the candidate that dares to challenge them.

  8. Rottiluv

    Rottiluv GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @Uncle Joe

    Okay, so if you live with someone who has a DUI, should you have your car taken away from you because your child/brother/spouse might steal it and kill someone? Have you bothered to actually look at the gun laws? Why couldn’t the mother get help for her child?
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    I keep hearing people screaming about more gun laws, but I’m not seeing anything specific. The mother should have locked up the guns better. I don’t know, maybe she did. I haven’t seen anything on how she stored her guns.

  9. Rottiluv

    Rottiluv GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release

    The last election proved to me that the NRA is basically a republican funding machine. They supported Romney, who had brought in stricter gun laws as governor, yet took things that Obama said as a “OMG HE’S GUNNA TAKE OUR GUNS!!!”

  10. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @Rottiluv

    The comparison between cars & guns is an attempt to mislead. Cars are not designed & built to kill & few people need a gun to get to work, or do their work. There is also the fact that you already know your relative has a problem with drinking & driving. By the time we know someone is going to commit a violent act, it’s often too late.

    If you want to make a comparison, the current gun laws are equivalent to letting anyone keep a tanker loaded with 7,000 gallons of gasoline parked in the driveway. And, don’t limit your worry to the alcoholic relatives. There are also the arsonist & terrorists who might want that truck. Criminals get their guns by stealing them from the people who acquire them legally, which isn’t much of an obstacle.
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    You want specific laws? How’s this: No automatic weapons over .22 caliber. No clips larger then 7 rounds. Limit of one or two clips per owner. Restrictions on ammo sales, so that no one has the ability to randomly run out & shoot a few hundred rounds at people.

    Getting most of those guns out of circulation will take years. Just because something is going to take time & effort, there’s no argument against doing it.

  11. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @Rottiluv

    ‘I think going after the gun control is the wrong approach. First we have to look at the mental health issue. Second we have to look at why, as a society, there are so many angry young people who think their only way of dealing with life is to lash out at random people.’
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    First, those approaches are not mutually exclusive.
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    Also, diagnosis and treatment, including institutionalization, is not free. You think NRA board member Grover Norquist is going to approve expenditures on the scale that would require?
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    Third, it is not only laws that are necessary. The NRA/Republicans fight like Hell to reduce or eliminate enforcement of existing gun laws. This is consistent with the Norquist goal of government being so small, it is ineffective.
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    For example, the position of the head of ATF has been vacant for many years. Republicans will not allow anyone to hold that office.
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    Are you one of the believers that any gun control legislation inevitably leads to confiscation of all guns?

  12. slebel

    slebel said, almost 4 years ago

    All the gun laws that could be passed will never stop a person bent on murder. Here in New Hampshire we had a triple murder by someone who stole the gun.

    Nancy Lanza bought her guns legally. There was nothing in her past or wrong with her personally to prevent her from doing so.

    That she wasn’t able to keep them out of her son’s hands is a different matter. Despite lawmaker’s best intentions, they’ll never be able to legislate irresponsibility and stupidity out of existence.

  13. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    And yet, a woman, with an adult child with emotional stability issues living with her…

    The people who knew the mother questioned her sanity more than her son’s. She had an unnatural love of guns and fear of anyone entering her home. Her own bridge club had never stepped foot in her house nor met her son. The boy never stood a chance mental health wise. He was doomed the moment he was born to her.

  14. dannysixpack

    dannysixpack said, almost 4 years ago

    you have to understand how the NRA and the gun people operate. they do not believe that guns are an issue or any problem at all and plain and simple will not discuss the issue other than to say what is required is more guns

    they will use any topic to distract the disccusion from guns/ammo/magazine etc.

    the NRA was instrumental in drafting the gun control laws and loopholes that exist. These laws were intended to fail, and to create a distraction, that way the NRA can point to existing gun laws and say they are failure, and that more laws would be more of a failure.

    this is very similar to the republicans making an education program that they want to fail, like “no child left behind”, and point to it at a later date to prove that government/laws/funding always fail and the laws and funding should be removed in order to improve things.

    this is the problem with having people who believe government can’t work design/develop and execute government programs. they have a vested interest in proving themselves right and justifying cutting programs and funding.

    One thing i fail to understand, if government can’t do anything right, and, for example, schools do better when their funding is cut, then how do they explain government programs like NASA or the military?

    if no laws and no funding is so good at improving what they don’t like, shouldn’t the same logic apply to the military? wouldn’t it be much better if it were cut to the bone, and beyond?

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