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Steve Benson

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  1. Zipi

    Zipi said, almost 2 years ago

    Hey Steve, when someone breaks into your house and threathens your wife or children do you plan on pointing your pen at them and saying that you poke them in the eye? I guess you can call the police so that they can start putting up crime tape whenever they actually get there.

  2. cdward

    cdward said, almost 2 years ago

    @Zipi

    I grew up in a place more dangerous than most. Our house was broken into by thieves several times, also by drunks and crazy people (one guy looking for his wife in our walls). My parents, devout Christians, taught that facing evil with evil is wrong. Consequently, talked each one down – no harm came to anyone. Conversely, a friend of men, trying to protect his home with a gun, came within a hair’s breadth of shooting his own son who came home from work late.

  3. cdward

    cdward said, almost 2 years ago

    Truth s, the number of people harmed by intruders is small – most guns deaths are by people the victims know.

  4. ARodney

    ARodney said, almost 2 years ago

    More people shoot family members than stop intruders. It’s not wise to have a gun in your home, unless you’re in a REALLY bad neighborhood, or you’re cooking meth.

  5. Mbezdek

    Mbezdek said, almost 2 years ago

    For those that might be puzzled, that’s the Arizona state flag

  6. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 2 years ago

    @cdward

    You know, you manage to claim “truth” when making a bold statement and never seem to provide documentation. How about listing a study on your “fact”.

    Now as to talking down an intruder, that is a great approach. I bet your parents – being Christian and all – just let the thieves take what they wanted and then stood at the door waving saying “ya’ll come back now!” as they carted off the loot. Or maybe not. As for the drunk and crazy, yeah, I’ve done that a few times too.

    BUT, as we become more violent as a society, as the young people become more “gang banger” enthralled, do to the way our society has glorified that lifestyle, home invasions are not conducive to philosophical discussion.

    IF (and no I do not expect it to happen) a couple of ginormous thugs kick in my door (hard to do with the locks I have but..) and start swinging that pipe or bat or popping caps, I will not hide in the closet hoping they don’t find me and my wife. And since I AM old and not as fit and imposing as I once was, I have the “tools” to even things out a tad.

    Unless, of course, all you metro’s manage to disarm everyone and make us ALL victims.

  7. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 2 years ago

    @ARodney

    Dude, make believe you have the study to prove that and reference it for us please.

    Now keep in mind that if the intruders suspect that the home owners is armed and prepared to defend his domicile they are less likely to “intrude” in the first place and so you have NO IDEA how many intruders have been stopped because they knew that family had a gun and this other one did not so…..

    But I agree YOU should not have a gun in YOUR home since you evidently are scared witless about the very idea of one.

  8. Nancy

    Nancy GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Yes, I heard! Very proud of him. I live in the suburbs of Atlanta and I am licensed to carry!

  9. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, almost 2 years ago

    @Bruce4671

    And where’s the study that proves YOUR contention, eh?


    Lemme tell you true story.


    Back when I lived in Arizona I used to work with a guy who owned guns for self-protection. He even had a sign near his door, You know the one, shows a gun pointing at the viewer, and says, Rob Someone Else!


    Did that deter thieves? Nope, just the opposite. Someone saw the sign, waited until my friend wasn’t home, then broke in and stole his guns!
    One of them was later used in a drive-by ( No one hurt, thank God. )
    -—————————————————
    THAT"S what happens when intruders think you’re armed, at least in this instance. And yes, it was the sign that did it…this. according to the detective assigned to the case.


    And what did Rodney say to prompt that last line of your post?

  10. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, almost 2 years ago

    Okay, you want studies?
    “A study of 626 shootings in or around a residence in three US cities revealed that, for every time a gun in the home was used in a self-defense or legally justifiable shooting, there were four unintentional shootings, seven criminal assaults or homicides, and 11 attempted or completed suicides (Kellermann et al., 1998). For those who don’t want to add, that is 22 people shot for every one defended.
    Here’s the source of that quote:
    http://library.med.utah.edu/WebPath/TUTORIAL/GUNS/GUNSTAT.html
    Furthermore, there’s this from a Johns Hopkins study:
    “Although there is little difference in the overall crime rates between the United States and other high-income countries, the homicide rate in the U. S. is seven times higher than the combined homicide rate of 22 other high-income countries. This is because the firearm homicide rate in the U. S. is twenty times greater than in these other high-income countries. The higher prevalence of gun ownership and much less restrictive gun laws are important reasons why violent crime in the U. S. is so much more lethal than in countries of similar income levels.”
    That’s Webster, et al., 2009, and you can read the whole paper, including reasonable suggestions for gun laws, here:
    http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-center-for-gun-policy-and-research/publications/WhitePaper102512_CGPR.pdf
    So here is a clear question: do you think that the NRA’s broadly defined Second Amendment (which is not historically based) is worth shooting 22 Americans for every one protected?
    Now: if there is a way to reduce that ratio, to reduce the 22 while NOT reducing the one protected, which should be entirely practical, is there any way in good conscience you can refuse?

  11. Keith Russell

    Keith Russell said, almost 2 years ago

    Hmm, people kill people with automobiles. People kill people with hammers. People kill people with knives. Lets start taking those away until we’re all wearing straight jackets.

  12. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, almost 2 years ago

    @Keith Russell

    When you find someone who kills twenty-two people in the space of fifteen minutes with a hammer, THEN let’s talk. Until then, don’t waste our time with absurd and pointless comparisons.

  13. lonecat

    lonecat said, almost 2 years ago

    @motivemagus

    I’d like to see one our our pro-gun posters respond directly to your post. I mean one of those who say over and over “You can kill someone with chopsticks, so Chinese food should be illegal” or the like. I get so tired of that silly silly silly argument. But as I’ve said, I’ve given up on gun control (1) because I think it’s a lost cause in any serious way and (2) because there are so many guns out there already that it’s kind of beside the point and (3) because the US has just gone crazy. Guns don’t kill people, but a lot of American use guns to kill people.

  14. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, almost 2 years ago

    @motivemagus

    “…..22 people shot for every one defended….”
    .
    You have to wonder why with each mass shooting, gun ownership and gun sales increases. Seems counter-intuitive, but have the insecure and the low information average citizen been so conditioned to believe that gun ownership makes them safer, that they automatically reach for their weapon in times of stress? Thus, each school shooting doesn’t give reason to reduce gun ownership, it produces the mass hysteria that enables the gun advocates to lobby for even more guns. There appears to be no shortage of followers who jump on and support the narrative. For many, guns are like a constitutionally validated sleeping pill – you can’t sleep without them.
    .
    Any truth to this?

  15. Ketira shena Pretarasedrin

    Ketira shena Pretarasedrin GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Mbezdek

    Thanks – I thought at first that it was a knockoff of Japan’s! Now it makes sense.

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