No matter what, people don't seem to get the thought that 'you can't legislate morality.' Just because drugs are illegal doesn't mean they aren't used. Existing gun laws are ignored. They do not stop shootings and never will. I second the thought about Sen. Beavers. Better still, let's make it a requirement for all lawmakers.
I understand the positive effect of SROs in schools in fostering relationships with students, but if they are really to protect in an emergency is there any reason to believe they would be in the right place at the right time to twart violence? Are they as critical in elementary schools as art? Can't we compromise and have both?
Some questions that come to my mind: How does a 146 pound man threaten a truck and some teenagers? How afraid of him would the teens be to come back a second time? Is pepper spray out of a bottle considered a weapon? Can the guy in the truck produce the can he said he used? Is the TVA security footage being made available? Since this occurred on their federal property what part of liability does TVA share? Will the feds get involved? Does Marion County want to get a reputation like South Pittsburgh as far as fairness and honesty? Can the law enforcement there be objective? The sad truth is that this guy will be out a lot of money defending himself, paying for EMT services, and paying an attorney for doing nothing more than trying to have a fun, relaxing ride.
Awesome! A group of Christians who actually practice Christianity! They have the heart to make it a reality. Thanks, Cook. Jubilation!
Clay, your cartoon is tasteless and in totally NOT PC. It is also, however, spot-on correct, as usual. You don't shy away from the hard stuff, the uncomfortable topics that no one wants to acknowledge, let alone discuss. I can't help but wonder how many people who do horrible acts like shooting innocent people could have been helped and these tragedies prevented by intervention and treatment of their mental health issues.
If a President of the United States chooses to come to Chattanooga, how is this more expensive than any other travel he does? Even if you don't like the person, respect the office. He did not create the recession, but he has tried to deal with it in the best way possible. What would you do, placed in that position, with an opposition Congress blocking your every move? Amazon is here, however it came about, and is providing jobs for people who were unemployed before its arrival. How is that a bad thing? I'm curious to know how you determined what his plan is? Has he told you? Your solutions might work, but if they are viable why hasn't Congress already enacted them? Presidents don't pass legislation, our elected officals do. Have you written to them to express your views? I understand they like to hear from constituents, since so few people actually share their opinions with those who can effect change. Has anyone else who derides him? Change comes from legislators who have ideas and backbone. If the President wants to "jump-start private sector job growth and make America more competitive" how is that objectionable? This is the policy he espouses, but only lawmakers can make it happen.
Excellent cartoon. It's amazing what a picture can say that people can't or won't
You make some very vaid points. One thing some people miss is that gun collectors and recreational, tactical competions in a controlled, sanctioned environment are reasons to own weapons, even high-powered ones. It is a way to hone one's skill and compete with others. I wonder how many casual gun owners, even ones with carry permits requiring training, could shoot a single person in a crowd without endangering others, especially with adrendline flowing, surrounded by frightened, shouting people?
But how does one "take back" all the weapons people already own? Those who do violence with high-capacity guns (usually stolen) will do it anyway, or with multiple guns or bandoliers of bullets. It is a shame that so many people fear for their lives and carry a weapon. You are correct. It steps across the line from cautioness to paranoia. But if the other person is ready to kill me or my family I wouldn't hestitate to shoot them. I would hate it and it would haunt me the rest of my life, but defending against someone who is so determined to kill is a justifyable situation.
As I was walking down the street to attend the public meeting last week about the Chattanooga Village I saw 4 magazines on the sidewalk on 11th Street. Going back to the car to retrieve my cell phone, there were some empty cartridges and some unshot bullets. This is directly across the street from the courthouse! I doubt there was target shooting involved. I have never been in a part of town or a situation where I felt carrying a gun would be to my advantage, but that shook me a little. In broad daylight? Very sad, and a bit frightening.
Many years ago my in-laws had collected gifts for my daughter when they travelled around the county for a year in their RV. Accidentally, the garbage bag the presents were in got taken to the local dumpster in the woodsy area where they lived. Realizing this, my mother-in-law and I rushed there to look for it. Among all the other black garbage bags she found it - between the upright 4 legs of a dead deer.
The Chattanooga Food Bank has a program where local restaurants donate their frozen, leftover cooked food for the Bank. It's not exactly dumpster diving, but a good way to feed people.
Isn't this closing the barn door once the horse is out? Anyone who wants to obtain a gun can and will by any means. How can a law be enacted that makes owning an assault rifle illegal,retroactively? Are you trying to make the fantasy that "Obama is going to take all our guns away" true? The children attacked in China the same day as the tragedy in Sandy Hook were assaulted with a knife.
The question “who in their right mind would…?” The answer is “no one.” People who commit heinous acts need treatment long before they become violent. According to NIMH “An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year" Personality disorder, depression, anxiety disorder, PTSD are all treatable.
Some may think that mental illness is an excuse for criminal behavior. It is not. Severe cases where standard treatment is not possible are handled in a more aggressive way. I am not attempting to excuse the acts of a seriously ill person nor do I condone institutionalizing anyone without a professional, very thorough examination. There are most definitely people who do not need to be free among society. My point is to address the real issue of how to deal with psychotics instead of guns. That is the hard question.