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Steve Benson

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  1. ghcater

    ghcater said, almost 4 years ago

    Stupid apple and oranges comparison, Freedom is a right that must at times be defended or it will be lost to someone or something bigger or more powerful. The overwhelming majority of the ‘cost’ on the tag is caused by criminal activity, or negligence of safety rules. The small fraction that comes from non-criminal persons defending themselves does relate to the cost of freedom regarding everyone’s right to self defense.

  2. ARodney

    ARodney said, almost 4 years ago

    I’d love to see your evidence, if you have any, Ima. (Trick question — you never have any evidence.) A gun owner is much more likely to be hurt or killed by a gun than a non-gun owner. A lot of those deaths and wounds are due to domestic violence, accidents, children getting access to guns, suicide, and the false bravado that comes from thinking a gun makes you tough.

  3. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 4 years ago


    At the risk of provoking omQ R …………..

    How strangely will the Tools of the Tyrant pervert the Plain Meaning of Words. – Samuel Adams

    Now what liberty can there be where property is taken without consent? – Samuel Adams

    The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. – Samuel Adams

    Now Sam had incentive to develop this philosophy, provided by King George. Do you and I?

    But let’s take a cynical but practical view of the subject. Which one of the items listed does harm to the economy?

    Lost work? It provides temporary work for someone else or a savings for some company.

    Doesn’t every other thing on the list require someone to employ people?

    So JUST LIKE unemployment payments create jobs and grow the economy so do gunshots wounds and death.

    Yep 12 BILLION dollars a year in cash flow ……..

  4. Keith Russell

    Keith Russell said, almost 4 years ago

    My facts are better than your facts. Ha, there are several factors that can distort these numbers as mentioned. So it all comes down to heresay.

  5. Nancy

    Nancy said, almost 4 years ago

    Thank you, I totally agree that the facts are distorted.

  6. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 4 years ago


    “So JUST LIKE unemployment payments create jobs and grow the economy so do gunshots wounds and death.

    Yep 12 BILLION dollars a year in cash flow .."

    Cool. So, if we just shoot the people claiming unemployment, we win twice. Bruce for president.

  7. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, almost 4 years ago

    Got a source for that?

    You know…a source. That thing you always demand from anyone ELSE who posts a fact that YOU don’t like

  8. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 4 years ago

    “In particular, the chart that shows the DC murder rate jumped by 73% after they passed their gun control law. I’m sure you’ve heard the conservatives’ explaination for why it jumped (I.e. only criminals have guns). What is the liberal explaination?”

    Simple. The guns came from Virginia, which has just removed the law it passed because it was the number-one supplier of illegal guns: the one-handgun-a-month law. But let’s face it: the need for people to buy more than 12 handguns a year trumps trying to fight crime in DC. Maybe all the criminals will just kill themselves. If you get caught in the crossfire, well, freedom ain’t free.

  9. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, almost 4 years ago


    I think the problem with your statement, aside from suggesting that shooting someone is good for the economy, is believing that it creates cash flow.
    First of all, employers will not risk temps for most jobs aside from retail/food service workers. When someone is out in a professional or technical job, everybody else just gets more work. And those in retail/food service are “at will” employees, who are not necessarily guaranteed a job when they get back.
    Those who have been wounded now face bankruptcy if they need any sort of rehabilitation, so aside from the direct hospital bills, ALL of their debts are now paid for by everyone else (check your private insurer and find out how much is actually covered compared to how much they WILL cover).
    A bullet wound is not like a paper cut. It tears through muscle and organs, causes internal bleeding, shatters bones, and can cause infections if the bullet fragments and not all pieces are traced. These can take a long time to heal, and the therapy can double or triple the time it takes to get back to normal. Not to mention the PTSD, depending on the situation leading to the shooting. In some cases, scar tissue is not removed (doctors preferring to let the external wounds heal properly) leading to permanent pain or loss of motion.
    Luckily, I was shot in the head and didn’t have a long recovery (I was back to school two days later), but it still cost my parents several thousand dollars in the eighties. I work with a wounded vet on some jobs, and he cannot raise his left arm above his head, which actually has disqualified him from working some jobs where we have to do the wiring or physical audits, resulting in a loss of income for him.

  10. sclark55

    sclark55 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    I’ve seen dozens of toons by now about guns, but I still haven’t seen one that addresses mental health. Ditto for non-comics media (for lack of a better term) – doesn’t ANY one think it may be worth looking into?

  11. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 4 years ago

    @I Play One On TV

    LOL NOW who is being cynical? But yeah people need to get a grip.

  12. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 4 years ago


    Well, as sarcastic as I was being aside, exactly what in you comment did NOT cost someone money, how is it that that money did NOT flow from one entity to another and, finally, how did it not require people to be employed in health care, law enforcement, sporting goods, therapy and so on? Well, isn’t that “cash flow”? Evidently a “cash flow” of 12 BILLION dollars annually.

    Keep in mind, I was being cynical and sarcastic but being also observant of the facts. No, it would be better if no one ever got shot. Reality? As long as your government is more interested in making political hay by doing things like releasing criminals into the population to save pennies (comparatively speaking) it will continue to happen.

    Blocking an obedient citizens from owning a constitutionally protected gun will not lessen that eventuality.

    And at least it does as much for the economy as Pelosi’s unemployment checks and EBT cards.

  13. Darsan54

    Darsan54 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago


    Because the VAST majority of gun crimes aren’t committed by the mentally ill. Also the mentally ill are way more likely to be the victims of violence than perpetrators. And let’s just add confidentiality and HIPPA laws into the mix where you can’t be “outing” the mentally ill. Such a label stigmatizes and harms people over relatively small problems (maybe you would like to label all vets suffering from PTSD as rabid killers and socially shun them?) It’s worth looking into, but we should put the emphasis on treatment and effective management, but that would probably be called socialized medicine and these people should just assert their individualism and cure themselves right?

  14. Mom of 5

    Mom of 5 said, almost 4 years ago

    Just remember who pays for the NRA. The gun companies.

  15. Darsan54

    Darsan54 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago


    No body cares about the damn hunters or sportsmen. We care about military style weapons in the hands of anyone and an unnecessary proliferation of handguns which are only used for killing people. A background check and registration will help cut down that number. But no one has any illusions it will stop it totally. We cut down drunk driving accidents by pushing the legal age back to 21 but didn’t entirely eliminate it. Should we just say “FK it, let them kill themselves and other innocent people.” because we didn’t eliminate drunk driving!? your logic makes no sense.

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