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  1. zoidknight

    zoidknight said, over 3 years ago

    And how many are those by legally owned and registered weapons? Very, Very few.

  2. cjr53

    cjr53 said, over 3 years ago

    Why not ask the owner of the guns used in Newtown. Oh wait, it’s not possible. She was killed by her own gun.

  3. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago

    I’m actually going to agree with the point of your post. There is no reason for background check and registration data to be sold or made public, except among gun dealers (you get flagged at one, all shops should know). I think law enforcement agencies should be notified, even fire departments, who may want to know that they are about to enter a building with 3,000 rounds of exploding ammo. Beyond that, it now becomes a matter of privacy. If I’m looking to rob a bank, I shouldn’t be able to hack into a publicly distributed database that tells me which house contains the guns I might want to use.

  4. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago


    A very reasonable post that stated very reasonable conditions to gun ownership lists. And this is neither a conservative nor a liberal issue, it is a human safety issue. Nobody, including reasonable liberals is even hinting that legitimate gun owners should be in any way penalized for owning reasonable guns of any kind. But iT is known that certain types of guns should only be used by the police or the military (including the militias of each state, now called the National Guards of each state).
    The true hysteria is not being generated by reasonable liberals or conservatives, but by the likes of this head of the current NRA!!

  5. zekedog55

    zekedog55 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Harley is in a box of his own making…

    He peeks over the edge occasionally, babbles incoherently, then drops back down, wild eyed and muttering peevishly within his self built confines…

  6. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago

    None of those other things are designed with the specific purpose of killing someone. Yes, they can, when used improperly. Fire departments and rescue workers are trained to identify those hazards and deal with them. There is a database of homes based on their fuel types, and the fire department uses it. Anyone storing large amounts of hazardous materials unsafely and without permission from local authorities is committing a crime. About a decade ago, I ran a pool supply store, which meant I went to work inside a giant bomb. Everything had to be accounted for. I had to report anyone I felt was making any suspicious purchases or asking suspicious questions.
    Guns and ammunition are much more of a wildcard. Firefighters can deal with comustibles and poisons by assuming there are already a number present in every house. They already know what type of heating fuel the house has, and approach a fire accordingly. But, for every gun owner who keeps their guns and ammo in a fireproof safe, there are others who keep live ammunition on shelves, in drawers, in workshops, creating a potential gauntlet of shrapnel for first responders attempting to save the lives of those who may still be inside. I have an aunt and uncle who were firefighters for 3 decades, and who had to watch a few houses burn to the ground because of live ammunition exploding inside. All they could do was seal off a safe distance and prevent the fire from spreading until it burned out.
    Remember, it was a piece of shrapnel less than a millimeter across that killed Brandon Lee by severing an artery in his chest. Each bullet that explodes due to fire has the potential of doing the same thing.

  7. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago

    Also, please define “loons”. Here in Maine, they’re those duck-like birds with the red eyes.
    At what point do you determine someone is a threat? When they are committed after committing a crime? When they take Zoloft or Prozac? When they seem to sit around all day on the internet posting about how the government is trying to take away their guns? When people are considered sociopaths (as are apparently 60% of CEO’s and executives)?
    How do you determine someone is a threat until after they harm someone? You want freedom from government oversight, yet you support a plan that would entail EVERY SINGLE CITIZEN be subject to testing to determine who is “sane enough” to be out and about in society. THAT is totalitarianism.
    What if the vast majority of mental health experts determined that anyone who felt they needed to own a gun for “self defense” from criminals, governments, or neighbors was determined to be paranoid and therefore should have their guns confiscated? Would you agree and comply?

  8. jdlambert

    jdlambert said, over 3 years ago

    Over 40,000 Americans will die from auto accidents next year. Where are your cartoons calling for more restrictions on cars?

  9. Kylop

    Kylop said, over 3 years ago


    “…Also, please define “loons”. ….” I ask this on assorted posts. Never got an answer. Well, Dr C but I don’t think he was being serious.

  10. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    ^ YEAH!
    You know, if people would just drive responsibly, we wouldn’t need all those seat belts and air bags and turn indicators and stuff. We especially wouldn’t need all those speeding and drunk driving laws.

  11. echoraven

    echoraven said, over 3 years ago

    I’ve been to lots of gun shops, gun shows and ranges and have never been shot or let along threatened by a gun. To my knowledge a gun has never killed anyone, unless there was a person on the other end.

  12. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I suppose it’s futile to even comment on this topic, but I found a good article that takes this way beyond blaming the NRA for the recent carnage. It goes to my point that we are fundamentally a violent culture and delves into many levels (including the NRA) as being culpable for our violence problems. It’s long but it is interesting reading.

  13. narrowminded

    narrowminded said, over 3 years ago


    No, she was killed by her own son.

  14. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    “Do you know if there is a historical correlation between homicides and gun ownership going back to the civil war?”

    David, I did a “thorough but not exhaustive” search for that information. I found pages of data on gun control laws and legislation, but nothing beyond the 1970’s that gave anything except “generous estimates” at the correlation of ownership to homicides. I suppose a lot of it is because the traceable paperwork to record purchases wasn’t computerized and able to be referenced in a database until fairly recently.

  15. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    It’s a computer issue. The ATF collected the ‘yellow sheet’s" on gun purchases going back (I remember) to the 60’s. Unfortunately those records are stored but have not been added to a n accessible database. The ATF didn’t fully computerize their “new purchase” forms until the late 90’s. I helped a client upgrade his computer systems and load all their software in around 1999 – 2000. I don’t think you’re going to find much data for the correlation you are trying to make.

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