Dear Congress by Jonathan Schmock | Oct 1, 2015 | All Things Current, Political Cartoons | 37 comments 37 Comments Tracy Love on October 1, 2015 at 9:07 pm It’s way past the time. Innocent lives are being lost. Children and even one your own have been gunned down. What will it take for Ito act? Enough!! Denise auer on October 1, 2015 at 9:29 pm We need to set control for individuals seeking to destroy the lives of others! tim kavanoff on October 2, 2015 at 8:08 am There IS NO REASON for any civilian to qwn a semi-automatic weapon (ak47-m16 ,ad nauseum) magazines that hold any wear fro m 5 to 30 rounds of ammo. WHAT IS THIS AMERICAN love affair with the gun? FEAR of what?.,,masculinity part of it.,, like it or not we are a gun culture———what will it take to stop??= no politician is going to go against the gun lobby(nra)its one of those situations where some people/organizations give simplistic answers for complex problems .,, it will take more and more group shootings by mentally un-stable individuals……the worst is yet to come when some brain washed/disillusioned /defiler of the words of the prophet (BLESSINGS ONHIS NAME) sets off a DIRTY BOMB IN SOME VERY PUBLIC PLACE. this is law enforcements worst nightmare Mike Fagan on October 1, 2015 at 9:41 pm Each shooting victims blood is on each and every one of your’s hands. GUN LEGISLATION NOW. Erika on October 1, 2015 at 10:10 pm I am feeling so distraught and helpless. Referencing our incredible POTUS, this can no longer go on as routine. Please, please, please help all of us Americans come to some resolution on this critical issue. Besides petitions, what can I/we do to fight the huge monied gun lobbies? Thank you. eartha on October 2, 2015 at 12:29 pm Besides petitions, we can vote and replace congressmen who refuse to get out of the NRA pocket. They should be representing the 90% who gun legislation! Julie Batcheller on October 1, 2015 at 11:07 pm Please legislate gun control like the U.K. and Australia. We can’t lose anymore people to gun violence. James Williams on October 2, 2015 at 8:04 am Legislate firearms and people will use knives, legislate knives and people will use bats, legislate bats and people will use sticks, legislate sticks and people will use stones, legislate stones and people will use fists. This is represented by historical facts. It’s not the object in which you hold that needs to be legislated. The answer is not more legislation. The answer is in enforcement of the current laws in place, education and not being a pussified politically correct nation who wants to feel sorry for everyone including the person who pulls the trigger. The answer to most problems are in us, not some piece of paper that has been rewritten a million times but says the same thing over and over so that some person can have their name on just say “look what I did”. In other words it’s time the people start taking responsibility for thier actions and get the punishment they deserve for the crime they commit. The first year Australia enacted their gun law, homicides went up 3.2%, assaults went up 8.4%, armed robberies went up 44%, and assaults with a firearm went up almost 300%. So law abiding people did their part and that made criminals so happy that they did. In Sydney, stabbings account for 59% of all murders. Andre Kemp on October 3, 2015 at 4:41 am Well said, I did watch the video re: stats in Australia after they took guns away, shame on them for thinking it would work! Anthony Comeau on October 2, 2015 at 1:51 pm Have you actually talked to people in thise countries. Gun control legislation isn’t working. Besides it isn’t simply a matter of not controling or controlling in America. Only an amendment nullifing or changing the 2nd Amendment will be legal. With that being said, The President and Congress are not enough. It would take a Constitutional Convention and ratification by at least 18 (maybe more) states. Joe Zeld on October 2, 2015 at 1:07 am Innocent people are being gun down for no reason and we need gun-control like in the UK and Australia guns are so easy to come across in the wrong people get them in their own hands please think about it it would be for everyone’s own safety we cannot have a blood shed on our side Karl Pearson on October 2, 2015 at 1:54 am PLEASE! PLEASE! Do Not Do What England and South Africa and Australia have done. They have many times the numbers of violent crimes committed, and if someone tries to defend themselves, they are punished. Please Understand that NO AMOUNT OF GUN LEGISLATION WILL PREVENT EVIL CRAZY MURDERERS FROM KILLING INNOCENTS. If you take all guns away, they will use swords and knives. If you take all swords and knives away, they will use bombs, which are already illegal, so them what? People are still killed by the fools who drink and drive. Why not all the hysteria for getting rid of either alcohol, cars, or both? GUNS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM. Taking GOD and His son Jesus out of society IS THE [root of the] PROBLEM! BTW, in Israel, many people carry UZZIs around, and have hundreds of rounds of ammo, too. They never have mass shootings by crazies. They have shootings, but not by the legal gun owners. Never. It’s crazies, and guess what? Just like this shooter, they are all followers of Islam! Stop The Violence. Deport ALL MUSLIMS who will not denounce the violence that is Sharia Law! John Hinkley on October 2, 2015 at 4:06 am Yet another trigger pulled itself. Keep blaming the guns, libs.. Also funny how much more gun-related violence there is under Barry’s watch. Bob on October 2, 2015 at 4:35 am Wake up people, outlawing or restricting guns will not stop gun crimes anymore than regulating/outlawing drugs or alchohol or speeding has stopped their abuse. Guns exist, they will never be gone. People will use them for evil as long as there are evil people. Lets legislate evil people, it has about as much chance of changing things as gun control. Don Burris on October 2, 2015 at 7:17 am Gun control has done nothing! When will you people get that? You take guns away from law abiding citizens the criminals will still have them and all you gun haters will be easy picking for them. Proven fact: gun free zones have higher murder and crime rates especially in the bigger cities. Connie Ransom on October 2, 2015 at 8:11 am We have had way too much carnage. Legislate, legislate, legislate!!!! Patricia Mannen on October 2, 2015 at 8:27 am Please, as our elected officials, do something reasonable and smart to legislate emergency gun control now! Stop the madness, and make some decisions that will save the lives of the people you were elected to protect. And I don’t mean arming our citizens and protecting gun owners!!!!! Provide funding for mandatory mental health screening, treatment programs and education on mental illness. Stop the violence please before more people are killed by guns! Liz Byrd on October 2, 2015 at 8:35 am Stop the madness! It is clear that too many sick individuals have access to guns. Start the process of control NOW!! We have had enough. Innocent people’s blood is being spilled and lives being ruined. You have the power to stop this. Alana Dill on October 2, 2015 at 8:58 am This is not a “well regulated militia”. This is madness. YOU MUST STAND UP TO THE NRA AND ENFORCE GUN CONTROL. Lawabidingcitizen on October 2, 2015 at 9:34 am If Chris had been armed, he could have stopped the shooter in his tracks. Last time I checked criminals don’t obey laws. Hows that war on drugs going? The simple fact that these rage shootings don’t occur at gun shows should be evidence enough that an armed public is the best defense agains criminal activity. Ban guns like the UK, they have a stabbing every 4 seconds. Hows that working out for them. Eli Duran on October 2, 2015 at 9:45 am Congress, do something! Stop the madness! Joan Shanebrook on October 2, 2015 at 11:35 am I have had enough of this human slaughter. Congress do your job and legislate gun control like the United Kingdom and Australia. Kathleen Segal on October 2, 2015 at 11:50 am For the sake of our children and knowing you have control how can you disregard the power you have to stop this. Tired of hearing how guns don’t kill people do. Tell that to the families as they bury the bullet ridden bodies of their beloved dead God help you to be courageous in taking a stand against guns Paul on October 2, 2015 at 12:01 pm And what if prayer *is* the resolution? Chris S on October 2, 2015 at 2:04 pm Lets think of all the defenseless people who were killed by tyrannical governments. Freedom means you have every means to defend it. Scott on October 2, 2015 at 2:57 pm It is senseless and sad, but it’s not going to change until people change (evolve & take responsibility for themselves and their actions) … a law isn’t going to do that. Do you honestly believe outlawing guns will change this? If so, using the same logic, cars should also be outlawed – they kill about the same amount of people in the USA annually. Tracey on October 2, 2015 at 3:48 pm It is not gun control we need. We need our mental health system to be funded to get so many of our young, angry children help. I work with students who are so angry and need so much help. Police won’t touch them…they say they need services…the mental services say sorry no money, and the teachers leave because they fear for their safety. Chicago has one of the toughest gun laws… How is that working for them? Jennifer Yanowitz on October 2, 2015 at 5:29 pm Stop the madness. Stop the excuses. Get the political agendas out of the way and do the right thing. The current state of gun restrictions is unconscionable – we are bordering on the theater of the absurd. What more can be asked? The answer terrifies me. Peter Zych on October 2, 2015 at 5:52 pm Is it not fair to ask if one person’s desire for lethal weaponry and their insistence that regulations to acquire them harms them supercedes another person’s right not to be killed or wounded by them? Peter Zych on October 2, 2015 at 5:53 pm How many people have successfully defended themselves or their family against some harm with a gun and how does that compare to the number who are murdered or injured by them. Is it rational to accept personal defense as the reason anyone can amass an arsenal or even a single weapon with only the most minimal of regulation on their purchases? Peter Zych on October 2, 2015 at 5:54 pm Peter Zych What is the probability that a person who owns a gun and keeps it either at home or on their person will have an opportunity and then the skill to defend themselves or others from harm? How does that compare to the risk of that weapon being stolen? being mishandled? being found by a child who accidentally shoots someone? being used to kill a family member or acquaintance? Is it even legal for the federal government to learn this information? Completely Disgusted on October 2, 2015 at 5:54 pm You sheeple are so predictable it is laughable. More legislation won’t do a damn bit of good what so ever. They have passed ridiculously restrictive gun laws already and look what that has done. NOTHING SHEEPLE! The socialists in Washington want to disarm all of you so they can continue their agenda of total control and domination over their “subjects”. The guns are not the problem they are inanimate objects with no ability to cause any harm on their own. Gun free zones are nothing more than killing fields look at all of the most recent shootings? Every single one was a GFZ. Why has nobody said a damn word about the slaughter taking place every week in Chicago which by the way sheeple has the most stringent and restrictive gun laws any place in the country. Please explain to me how additional gun legislation is going to have the slightest effect on the murder rate in Chicago! You sheeple need to wake up or you will find one day that your government has completely taken away all of your rights while you were asleep at the wheel. Monica Edwards on October 2, 2015 at 8:55 pm Enough! I am sick of the apathy and indifference to the loss of life due to gun violence. As a patriot I demand we regain our right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. None of that can happen while we are being held hostage by the gun lobbies. I support the president in his efforts to enact sensible legislation. Anything less is un-patriotic and cowardly! Peter Zych on October 3, 2015 at 6:29 pm This image is amazing. We do need Congressional Legislation. Immediately lift all bans on “no gun zones,” place armed law enforcement in our schools to protect our children, and allow citizens to open or concealed carry as is our CONSTITUTIONAL right. Annette on October 4, 2015 at 7:29 am Call Congress now and DEMAND stricter gun laws 1-202-224-3121 and 1-202-225-3121 Tim on October 4, 2015 at 1:41 pm You shouldn’t add to gun control laws. You should enforce the ones that are already in place. The ones in place are being ignored. Just like most other laws that are being ignored you can thank Congress for that. Stewart on October 7, 2015 at 6:19 pm Why are we asking you for this? Quite honestly, what we are doing is not working. Why are more Americans dying from guns (over 8,500 this year) which is almost ½ of the number of service personnel that died at peak of the Vietnam War in 1968. The definition of insanity, continuing to do the same thing over and over, yet expecting different results. The Constitution does not say a person can own as many guns as they want, it states “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed” As we already have a professional and well regulated militia (each states National Guard) that is providing the security of a free state, why do private citizens feel the need to own so many automatic guns. I say let’s allow private citizens the right to own the types of guns that were in existence when the Constitution was written (flintlock muskets).