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Signe Wilkinson

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 1 year ago

    That’s funny. My gun has never incurred any of those costs, but it did save my life once.

  2. sw10mm

    sw10mm said, over 1 year ago

    Well, you got the first part right.

  3. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 1 year ago

    The mentally disturbed got their taxes lowered?

  4. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Hold the arms maker responsible for their product.

  5. Cat Hammer

    Cat Hammer said, over 1 year ago

    @Rad-ish

    Most firearms come with warranties. That’s what you mean, right? Otherwise, your comment would be just plain stupid.

  6. Mark

    Mark said, over 1 year ago

    @Stipple

    You sound hopeful…

    (sorry; couldn’t resist!)

  7. Kylie2112

    Kylie2112 said, over 1 year ago

    In Maine in 2011, Paul LePage cut our state’s DHS. Now he wants to strengthen our mental health services. That he doesn’t want to pay for.

  8. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, over 1 year ago

    Gun liability insurance should be mandatory. We insure our cars.
    Why not insure guns? They are designed for just one purpose, to cause extreme injury to a living being with the intention that the injured not being able to survive their wound(s).
    Today’s health care insurers could become the gun insurance companies if we followed the lead of the entire remainder of the industrialized world and had universal, single-payer health insurance.
    Every other industrialized nation on the planet considers such health insurance a human right. Only in America do we oppose it.

  9. Michyle Glen

    Michyle Glen said, over 1 year ago

    Add the Liberal Organizations who thought Mental Institutions denied the mentally disturbed their rights ect.

  10. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, over 1 year ago

    Don’t forget the cost of lobbyists to keep Americans in fear that ‘the guh’mint wull take they guns."

  11. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 1 year ago

    “Gun violence cost the economy an estimated $174 billion a year — higher than the estimated $130 billion of alcohol-related car crashes — in terms of lost productivity, medical and mental health expenses, criminal justice costs, and lost quality of life. One gun homicide alone costs society an average of $5 million, according to the study from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. The annual cost to taxpayers is $1.1 billion, according to a 1999 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.” – Alex Seitz-Wald, Salon.com His links:
    Cost of $174b:
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-21/shootings-costing-u-s-174-billion-show-burden-of-gun-violence.html
    Cost to Taxpayers of $1.1b, care of JAMA:
    http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=191001
    This was in an article on a proposed California law to ask gun owners to buy insurance — not unlike what people do with cars, of course…

  12. Ransom D Stone

    Ransom D Stone said, over 1 year ago

    Signe, you finally got one right!

  13. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    If the gun maker makes a lethal product they should help pay the clean up cost when it is misused.

  14. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @AshburnStadium

    “Gun liability insurance should be mandatory.”


    I’m sure that the criminal element, or the mentally ill that steal guns and use them illegally are going to run right out and make sure they are insured. It sounds to me like another punitive action that will only affect those that typically don’t break the law. Insurance companies more than likely wouldn’t pay out on a claim even if a legitimate gun owner used a gun in a criminal manner.

  15. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @motivemagus

    The one element that repeated itself in your data is the “societal cost” that stressed pain and suffering to the tune of 3 million of your 5 million cost. I’m an accountant and love studies like yours that present these enormous costs to society that are based on projections of factors outside of hard costs. There are always sincere, dramatic testimony of victims and how they suffered as a result of family members being killed. Of course they did, there is no doubt. But rendering them incapable of working or functioning to the point of destroying their lives? Aside from all else, Pacific Research and Bloomberg are politically very liberal organizations, in spite of their shield of being an “independent non-profit” organization, in the case of Pacific.

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