Steve Benson by Steve Benson

Steve Benson

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  1. ColinJames

    ColinJames said, 8 months ago

    Children died. Guns were used. NRA fights any restriction on purchasing deadly weapons. Steve Benson simply reminds us of the reality that cannot be denied.

  2. artistdavid

    artistdavid said, 8 months ago

    Please don’t confuse Stevey with the truth!
    I remember, our Liberal Neighbor, blamed the Conservative Right for shooting Kennedy.
    Of course they never apologized, for such ignorant and biased judgment.

  3. Joadtom

    Joadtom said, 8 months ago

    Anti-gun is anti-facts.

    “A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report shows that while gun ownership climbed from 192 million firearms in 1994 to 310 million firearms in 2009, crime fell—and fell sharply.
    According to the report, the “firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide” rate was 6.6 per 100,000 Americans in 1993. Following the exponential growth in the number of guns, that rate fell to 3.6 per 100,000 in 2000.
    This rate rose from 2004 to 2005 and got as high as 3.9 in 2006 and 2007, but it then resumed falling in 2008, the year the Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that individual firearm possession is Constitutionally protected—particularly for self-defense. This figure fell to 3.2 per 100,000 by 2011.
    In other words, as the number of firearms almost doubled over a nearly 20-year period, the “firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide” rate was more than halved.
    Additionally, the overall murder rate dropped from 9.0 per 100,000 in 1994 to 4.7 in 2011. The overall number of estimated murder victims fell from 23,326 in 1994 to 14,612 in 2011. For estimated firearms-related murder victims, those numbers are 16,333 in 1994 and 9,903 in 2011.
    The firearm category that led the way from 1994 through 2009 was handguns. And these were “mostly pistols, revolvers, and derringers,” the most concealable types of guns.
    So after after all the pro-gun control grandstanding and the relentless focus on how the so-called easy availability of guns drives up crime, the CRS report shows that more guns—especially more concealable guns—has actually correlated with less crime. "

  4. janenevis80

    janenevis80 GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    Note to all Hotheads ! The point of political cartooning is to provoke a reaction. Steve Benson does his job brilliantly. If there were no comments – on both sides of the argument- then he would have failed ! You don’t KNOW what his true thoughts are on any subject he picks, but he knows, through cartoons, how to raise an issue /
    Carry on Benson you’re doing a great job !

  5. Joadtom

    Joadtom said, 8 months ago

    Yep, yelling fire in a crowded theatre is a great way to get attention.

  6. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    The biggest oxymoron in America is the “National RIFLE Association”. Their efforts for the last several decades, even more that on supposed “assault weapons”, has been the refusal to regulate HAND GUNS, which indeed ARE by far the weapon of choice in criminal activity, and suicides. While high capacity, “short barrel” military style rifles are used by the shooters who get the most attention, irrationally, it is still the hand gun that is the king of killers. Virginia Tech – handgun, Gabby Giffords- handgun. It is the readily concealed high capacity handgun, that needs regulation and restriction.


    My state runs thorough background checks, mandates qualifications on the ethics, and functional knowledge of handgun use, for a concealed carry permit. These permits must be renewed every four years, with a “review” background check to see that nothing has changed in the applicants “activities”. Such a system is viable, and sound for persons to acquire ANY firearm, especially center-fire, and should be a national standard, valid in all states. One simple “positive” btw is that the national standard would make a CCP issued by one state, valid in all, because the “testing standard” would be uniform.


    Automobiles are licensed and registered. Drivers are licensed. Tigger needs an update. BECAUSE autos are registered, even though criminals will change plates, they no longer get rid of all the VIN number stampings on all the parts now done on newer cars, and vehicles can be traced to origin, and “criminals” caught. Drivers licenses are also becoming more standardized, though few states any more actually determine if applicants actually know how to DRIVE a car, before getting a license. (The move to “automate” automobiles, like “park assist” etc, is making this an even MORE DANGEROUS fact on our roads. The in-dash electronic displays aren’t helping either.)

  7. artistdavid

    artistdavid said, 8 months ago

    Does anyone remember when Steve drew a cartoon that made sense? I can’t!

  8. seybernetx

    seybernetx GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    Classy way to remember Pearl Harbor, I guess.

    At least, for Stevie, a classy way.

  9. Joadtom

    Joadtom said, 8 months ago

    Driving is a privilege, bearing arms is a right. Rights are not given and only a tyrant or fool would take them away. … It is so tiresome trying to explain reality to those living in a world of their minds…. At three in the morning, you hear people breaking into your house, where you have a wife and kids…. After a natural disaster, be it a hurricane, electro-magnetic pulse, or earthquake; with mobs roaming the streets….after the fall of government…. These are all things that may happen tomorrow or a hundred years from now, they can happen…. Stop being a person that makes rules against the guiltless because you Think men evil men are everywhere….you should fear the court system that keeps letting violent people out to harm again.

  10. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, 8 months ago

    Twenty children and six adults slaughtered by a social misfit who should not have had access to guns and not one change to gun regulation by a Congress more concerned about re-election? But a significant segment of society advocating more guns in schools as the solution? That is disgusting!

  11. NeoconMan

    NeoconMan said, 8 months ago

    ^ NotSufferingFoolsAtAll said, “More guns, less crime. Fact.”


    If we had a decent legal system that allowed public flogging, we’d have less crime also.

  12. pirate227

    pirate227 said, 8 months ago

    Ouch!

  13. ARodney

    ARodney said, 8 months ago

    @NotSufferingFoolsAtAll

    Not fact at all. The most gun crimes happen in the places with the most guns. A state gun law, sadly, is meaningless. We need federal standards.

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