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  1. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, almost 3 years ago

    This is pretty much the impression that Europeans have of what America is like. To some degree, it always has been.

    Hyperbole of course. Only 194 children under 13 were shot dead in the United States in the first year after Newtown. Fewer than one a day. And most of them probably brought it on themselves by being born into the wrong neighborhood or the wrong family.

    Most the country’s problems could be solved if babies were more careful about the families and the neighborhoods into which they are born. Location, location, location!

  2. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, almost 3 years ago


    “No other affluent society has this problem to such an extreme. According to a recent study by the Children’s Defense Fund, the gun death rate for children and teens in the US is four times greater than in Canada, the country with the next highest rate, and 65 times greater than in Germany and Britain.”

  3. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, almost 3 years ago


    There you go. When a baby decides to come into the world, if he or she can’t arrange to be born into the right sort of family in the right sort of neighborhood in the United States, he or she would be well-advised to be born somewhere in western Europe, or Australia, or Japan, or some other place where he or she would have a better chance. When a child chooses to be born into the wrong sort of environment, bad things are more likely to happen.

    Just think how terribly unjust this world and its social and political systems would be, considering the vast differences between households and environments, if babies arrived randomly and could not choose their parents!

  4. ARodney

    ARodney said, almost 3 years ago

    Although the wealth gap is a huge problem and holds back America considerably, you can’t really blame the violence problem on it. There are third-world countries with huge wealth gaps and considerably smaller gun violence problems. The big problem is that guns are considered acceptable in much of America, and whenever you get angry, there’s a gun easily available to you. We need to make guns as socially unacceptable as smoking is becoming. Really? You smoke? Are you trying to quit? I occasionally read Joe Nocera’s blog where he lists every mention of shootings in the press. It’s a depressing read, and shows how idiotic it is to keep a gun for self protection. Guns kill the people who own them, and their children, lovers, and friends. Often they kill complete strangers, and residents of ghettos, and on some rare occasions, an intruder who was after your stuff.

  5. Enoki

    Enoki said, almost 3 years ago

    Actually, per capita gun violence in the US has declined in recent years. The media on the other hand has taken a greater interest in publicizing those incidents that do occur.

  6. paynetom

    paynetom said, almost 3 years ago

    America has one of the best hands-on, cradle-to-grave gun policies in the world… literally.

  7. Stipple

    Stipple said, almost 3 years ago


    “per capita gun violence in the US has declined in recent years”
    Yes it has, all the way to only four times the rate of the number two country in child deaths by gun.
    And you think that is fine and the media should shut up about it.
    Dang, something is seriously askew in your mind.

  8. Godfreydaniel

    Godfreydaniel said, almost 3 years ago

    A powerful punch to today’s strip, left me breathless.

  9. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 3 years ago

    Unless and until our society is willing to accept the fact that “reducing gun violence” and “total gun confiscation” are two totally different subjects, nothing will change.

    And although improving mental health will make a difference, it will not go very far. By far, the most murders by guns are motivated by greed, jealousy, and/or hatred. Although multiple murders in public places are mostly committed by nutcases, the ones we see every day in every newspaper in every town are committed by sane people who can’t control their emotions and/or are stupid enough to think they will profit by it.

    Let the carnage continue.

  10. Enoki

    Enoki said, almost 3 years ago

    If my child did cut three classes in many US public schools he or she would be much smarter for it…
    :D :D

  11. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 3 years ago

    scoffed: “That is just plain stupid. If it was true every cop would be a crook”

    No, you missed Dr’C’sLil’Sister’s point: This gun, for instance, turned this former police captain in Tampa Florida into a murdering criminal.
    If he just been armed with fists or popcorn, he might just be a criminal with assault as his crime. As it is, he is now facing murder charges.

    This was a guy who reached the rank of captain. I imagine he was well trained, and better trained than the average citizen in how to deal with stressful situations and when to use force.

  12. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 3 years ago

    The following text came from this article: « – - click here.

    "The National Rifle Association likes to argue that criminals, or people intent on committing a crime, will obtain guns no matter what the law says. Among the 5,417 gun homicides in 2012 that the FBI assigns a circumstance to (3,438 are “unknown circumstances”), a mere 1,324 were committed in conjunction with another felony. Three times that (3,980) were committed by otherwise law-abiding citizens. Of that, over half (1,968) were the result of an argument that escalated fatally out of control.

    To put it another way: otherwise unpremeditated murders, where people kill out of momentary rage, are the single most common type of gun homicide in America. More than gangland killings (822); more than murders committed during robberies (505) and drug deals (311) combined."

  13. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 3 years ago

    Hi Ansonia, good to see you’re back

    Read my previous article about lots of non-criminal gun owners who became criminals.

  14. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 3 years ago

    ..if he hadn’t been armed, would it have descended into a fisticuff fracas? Perhaps not.
    Instead the thus emboldened “police captain”, retired, pulled his gun and instantly became a criminal.

    I’ve been in several instabces where people could easily have become criminals. I’ve had guns pointed at me, twice, by drunken fools in a friendly bbq. No arguments, just a friendly “chat”. If one had pulled the trigger…
    In another, an armed drunk came into the bar I was in. Several patrons drew their weapons anticipating trouble. If not for a rational bar-tender who defused the situation, perhaps several patrons would have started a shoot-out in a packed bar.

    Guns can more easily turn normal law abiding citizens into criminals, the stress on “more easily”.

  15. chayasnana

    chayasnana said, almost 3 years ago


    And does a great job of making the “cradle-to-grave” a short trip for many people.

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