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Steve Breen

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  1. William Bednar

    William Bednar GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    OMG!! They want to talk about the …. you know! The R word!! Noooooo. Not that word! Anything but the R word!!! Hurry Ma, give me my guns! Give me my ammo!!

  2. pavlov

    pavlov said, almost 4 years ago

    Rational: more people are killed by hammers and clubs than rifles and shotguns combined Rational: the firearms used were either stolen or bought with a federal back ground check. Rational solutions: integrate mental health records with the federal background check system and enact responsibility laws that require firearm owners keep their firearms secured and held liable for any misuse along with laws requiring mental health professionals to submit the name of patients in their care and again be held liable for any negligence. Require the CDC to create a task force to determine the root causes of violence.

  3. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 4 years ago

    And your argument against the “rational” approach suggested by pavlov is further support for the idea that making new laws banning guns that look like assault rifles and magazines that hold more than 10 bullets (remember, the most recent nut job could have had a Marlin 795 .22lr with 2 10 round mags and done the exact same damage to the kids since there was no one there to offer any resistance at all) would do any thing at all to eliminate gun violence.

    duhhhh he might also have used a rope….

  4. Kylie2112

    Kylie2112 said, almost 4 years ago

    I’m a perfectly law-abiding citizen, but being transsexual is kinda sorta still considered a “mental disorder” (until the DSM-V comes out in May), and still used to discharge trans* members of the military. Even though I have no real intention of buying a gun any time soon, a “people who are seeing a mental health professional” could wind up on the “list.”
    It’s a touchy subject, especially if someone has been diagnosed with something that may cause depression and anxiety (I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life now, but even 2-3 years ago, I was a wreck behind closed doors).

  5. lonecat

    lonecat said, almost 4 years ago

    Nixon was pretty weird, and he had control of a lot of guns.

  6. Kylie2112

    Kylie2112 said, almost 4 years ago

    And what’s the conservative rationale? That they need 30 round magazines and easy-to-buy ammo for when the Commies invade?
    Just remember, the Second Amendment was put in because they expected all white males 18-45 to be part of the militia, and the militia was to be used for repelling invasions, stopping Indian attacks, and putting down rebellions. The Second Amendment is to defend the government, not to keep it in check.

  7. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, almost 4 years ago

    Automatic weapons already require a FEDERAL background investigation on the buyer. Educate yourself before you complain.

  8. L. Richard Brown

    L. Richard Brown said, almost 4 years ago

    You are exactly correct!

  9. L. Richard Brown

    L. Richard Brown said, almost 4 years ago


    You are completely wrong. Study the words of the founding fathers. The Second Amendment is to allow the individual states to defend themselves from tyranny- including the federal government. I guess it makes you feel good to do something. Unfortunately, what you propose does NOT solve the problem.

  10. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 4 years ago

    I like the cartoon, and the ones aiming at Rationality are the extremists on the left who want a ban on all guns and the extremists on the right who believe banning cop killer bullets and M4 rifles is an intrusion on their Constitutional rights.
    The all or nothing approach from either side is senseless.
    What has, or has not, been done in the past is no longer the topic of conversation.
    I would like to hear from those from the right on this issue. I know I won’t be surrendering my shotgun, rifle, or pellet gun to anyone on the extreme left view. It is the ones who are most against gun laws to whom we must ask the questions –
    1 – What are we going to do to reduce the number of mass murders, and, if possible, gun deaths in general. The former is doable, the latter more complicated for many reason.
    2 – Who will pay for measures taken?
    3 – How many more mass murders are willing to tolerate a year before taking further actions? How much is ENOUGH?
    Until these questions are answered, “Liberals” really don’t need to add to the conversation beyond asking the questions I’ve listed.
    Gun extremists are as irrelevant to the conversation as Anti gun extremists. This is a conversation for the “adults” in the middle who, like in the early days of the anti drink and drive movement, want to lower the number of people killed each year.
    I suggest that if you are totally unwilling to change the status quo, then you will be guilty by “association” for the deaths that occur. I pray no more will die like the children in Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Columbine, et al., but humans are violent and unkind and willing to do bad things in response to perceived hurts.
    Edmund Burke said all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Do not allow evil to triumph. Do not do sit by and do nothing. If you are willing to allow this kind of evil to keep happening just so you can own a weapon of mass destruction, you stand behind the next shooter. But you’re not stopping him, you’re helping him
    but Respectfully,

  11. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    “He starts to see a shrink for suicidal tendencies and paranoia. Should the shrink report him immediately?”

    I was involved in drug and alcohol counseling for teenagers that were arrested for drug/alcohol related crimes. There is a very clear statute on the books that defines the “mandate” that a treatment professional is bound to report when the feel the patient threatens a real and present danger to themselves or others. Unfortunately many don’t, for a number of reasons. In the case of the latest school shooter and the Colorado theater shooter they were both known to the psychiatric community and the Colorado therapist said (after the fact) that he probably should have been reported.

    The counselors often fear they will violate the doctor-patient confidentiality relationship. Or they are sometimes afraid of legal liability at a later date.

  12. M Ster

    M Ster said, almost 4 years ago

    The “clubs and hammers” argument is a distraction for many reasons- including the amount of “firepower” and the potential for killing innocent bystanders.
    I was never personally threatened with a gun, but visited two factories where others elsewhere in the building were threatened. Fortunately no one was injured. In both cases, a young male left the building during work hours, went home and came back with a gun. And in both cases, it was because another guy at work was seeing his girlfriend.
    I realize that these are just 2 data points out of 11,000 per year, so they don’t lead to any statistical conclusions. But I would not have been in any danger had these guys returned with clubs or hammers.

  13. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    “What do you think is the correlation between mental illness and gun violence? And what is the source of your information.”

    A thought provoking question to be sure. I just read a Harvard study that referenced several others regarding this question. The recent cases at Sandy Hook, New York firefighter shot, Aurora theater all point to individuals that had at one point or another been in the “mental health system.” I think these people (as most mass murders) all easily fail the “rational man” concept of the law (and mental health standards of rational behavior).

    You once posted about a neighbor you had who was shooting in his back yard. I consider that the height of irresponsibility but that doesn’t mean they’re mentally ill (stupid, sure).
    Obviously you are not looking at rational individuals. But once again you are looking at a miniscule statistic compared to the number of people who might be considered mentally ill. The vast majority of people considered mentally ill are not violent. How to try to isolate these people? Difficult at best and I have no quick answers.

  14. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    The point of this cartoon is like the bumper sticker I put on my car (’til it was ripped off): “Gun Control Is A Tight Group”

  15. Rottiluv

    Rottiluv GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    I agree with Dr. Canuck (okay, I’m Canadian as well), C Downs (I always seem to agree with him/her) and skipcarlsen.
    It’s a complicated subject and there is so much over reaction from both sides that any rational discussion is being completely drowned out. Limit the size of clips? Sure, if that makes you sleep better at night, but you may want to look up the “mad minute” where Canadian and British soldiers can get off 30 rounds with a bolt action rifle in one minute.
    Mental illness? Again, great idea, but how do you implement it? Especially with the DSM-V and their pro pharmacy “pre conditions”. Anyone who has ever thought they heard a voice in another room and went to check, or has seen movement and looked to see nothing, will now be considered “pre schizophrenic” and need anti-psychotic medication. Damn, even my dog sees things (he’s still convinced the pheasant over the fireplace has been playing possum for the last 10 years.
    Guards in every school. Well it’s been pointed out that in a lot of cases there have been guards, also if governments aren’t willing to pay teachers, why would they want to pay for guards? Anyway, when I was in school, guys would bring their hunting rifles during hunting season and nobody was ever shot.
    I don’t know what the answer is, but slamming through regulations without thinking the whole thing through and demonizing each other isn’t going to work.

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