How To Solve the Youth Gun Violence Problem

Darryl the G.H.E.Y. Owl
posted Nov 25, 2008
THE TACOMIC - How To Solve the Youth Gun Violence Problem ()
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Artist's Statement:
Like many tacomans I too am disgusted by the news of gun violence committed by our young people whether gang or school related. Mostly I have avoided the mall which works out well for me, but I began to think... why not do something to help more people than just myself. What about all the folks who have to go to the mall and thus be exposed to unwanted bullet wounds? Something must be done to enlighten our misguided young people. It is obvious that MUCH more gun saftey training is needed in our schools. And with the addition of TPD highschool patrolls comes an opportunity to educate! What is needed is a comprehensive public school program like D.A.R.E. which did so much to clean up the urban crack problem. I propose a G.H.E.Y. (Gun Hostility Eradication Youth) program which remarkets gun saftey as something 'cool' to young people. Maybe even a myspace page for Darryl the G.H.E.Y. owl! So many possibilities! Thank you for your consideration.

by NineInchNachos on 11/25/2008 @ 8:54am
welcome to backwards tuesday where we post links in the discussion and the discussion where the links go!

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by NineInchNachos on 11/25/2008 @ 5:37pm
dude. this is really getting crazy. how many kids have to die before my owl program gets serious consideration?

by NineInchNachos on 11/26/2008 @ 3:24pm
intensely interesting:

What to look for if you suspect your child is involved in a gang

∑ Your teen admits "hanging" out with other kids in a gang.

∑ Your teen has tatoos or drawings or gang symbols on his or her school books, clothes or walls.

∑ Your teen shows unusually keen interest in specific colors or logos.

∑ Your teen comes home with unexplained injuries.

∑ Your teen has cash or goods and he or she cannot explain where they got the items.

∑ Your teen has been in trouble with the police.

∑ Your teen withdraws from family members.

∑ Your teen takes less interest in school and has declining school attendance, performance and behavior.

∑ Your teen stays out late but provides no reason.

∑ Your teen is unusually secretive.

∑ Your teen shows signs of drug or alcohol use.


by Mofo from the Hood on 11/26/2008 @ 5:06pm
What to look for if you suspect your child is involved in a gang CONTINUED:

- Has a 12-month pass for the Steilacoom- McNeil Island ferry run.

- Cell phone bill racks up thousands of dollars a month for calls to Colombia.

- Refers to women as "Ho's"

- Favorite commenter on Tacoma blogs is Brotha E

by fredo on 11/27/2008 @ 6:32am

if teen wears big puffy coat even when the temperature is in the 90's

if teen has a 40 oz. bottle of malt liquor in his underpants.

never makes an appearance without a do-rag

wears patent leather tennis shoes.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 11/27/2008 @ 9:25am
Is it the 40 oz. bottle of malt liquor in the underpants that make the pants droop as I often see around town?

by NineInchNachos on 1/19/2012 @ 8:32am
Next time you see the JinxMedic ask him about this 6th ave adventure:

Our CLAW cartoonist medics are battle tested in WAR.  REAL LIFE super heroes before REAL LIFE super heroes were cool.  
also:  "ages 13, 14 and 17"
WTF?  Darryl is needed now more than ever.

by The Jinxmedic on 1/19/2012 @ 9:30am
No heros involved. Just a bunch of normal people coming to the aid of a citizen in need. It's what people are supposed to do when part of a community.

On the other hand, you are going to see more instances of this kind of brazen violence as the economy stays tanked. This happened in the early evening right outside Pastiche and Jazzbones with people everywhere. What's your best defense? Be aware of your surroundings, and only go out in groups of three or more.

by NineInchNachos on 1/19/2012 @ 9:36am
Stay in school, drink milk!

by Mofo from the Hood on 1/19/2012 @ 9:49am

RE: TNT story and Jinxmedic. Right. Let's not let unorganized or organized crime define the rules of society. A free citizen in a civilized society should feel safe to travel alone. In this incident, the teenagers were very lucky that they weren't overpowered by legitimate gun justice.

by The Jinxmedic on 1/19/2012 @ 11:08am
By the time I crossed the street, they were too far away and hard to see- hence no longer an immediate threat to life. Even though they did take a potshot at us from that distance, return fire would have been irresponsible and unjustified in this situation.

by NineInchNachos on 1/19/2012 @ 11:10am
You see?  Jinx has had the gun safety training  the Traveller has been advocating for years.

by JesseHillFan on 1/19/2012 @ 11:17am
I don't have a gun only a very sharp Toledo forged Roman Gladius and a very potent and highly accurate quiet crossbow.

by Mofo from the Hood on 1/19/2012 @ 12:14pm
Jinx, a night vision scope on a common deer rifle could have saved the night.

by Mofo from the Hood on 1/19/2012 @ 12:55pm
  Passed the exam from the State of Washington Department of Game when I was a young teen. The thought of using firearms to intimidate people has no interest to me or any other law abiding citizen. But citizens do have the responsibility and the right to protect themselves from harmful deviants. I'm not advocating vigilante justice; I'm advocating the right to defend one's self.

by NineInchNachos on 1/19/2012 @ 1:09pm
break the cycle. Love is the most deadly weapon.

by JesseHillFan on 1/19/2012 @ 1:31pm
^ especially with AIDS.

by Mofo from the Hood on 1/19/2012 @ 1:31pm

  Love Patrol 

by NineInchNachos on 1/19/2012 @ 3:39pm
^ hide your young boys!

by Mofo from the Hood on 1/19/2012 @ 4:13pm
Parents, do you have young boys who yearn to practice G.H.E.Y. behavior? If so, then City Hall may want to speak with you.

by NineInchNachos on 2/24/2012 @ 12:28pm
Dumb dumbs with guns and kids.

by JesseHillFan on 2/24/2012 @ 12:40pm
I had a Thompson sub machine gun when I was 8 years of age.But then again it was only a motorized cap gun and Combat ! was a popular show on television very much watched by young children back in the 1960's.! 

by NineInchNachos on 2/24/2012 @ 1:09pm

EDDIE THE EAGLE IS a complete and utter fraud!  What tripe!  What vapid hog farts!

by NineInchNachos on 2/24/2012 @ 1:20pm


by JesseHillFan on 2/24/2012 @ 1:40pm
Thanks Eddie.Gee Billy what's this thing that looks like a big metal egg and has a ring in it?Let's pull it and see what happens.Oh and here are some cool Metal swords too.Let's play with those.

by The Jinxmedic on 2/24/2012 @ 1:41pm
I always assumed that you modelled "Darryl the GHEY Owl" after "Eddie the Eagle", you know, as a "parity".  Now Darryl doesn't seem half as clever as he did before...


by NineInchNachos on 2/24/2012 @ 2:01pm
There can be only one!

by NineInchNachos on 2/24/2012 @ 2:03pm
Eddie teaches kids not to 'bad touch' guns.    Darryl teaches kids to drill out firing pins.  I should see if disarm now plowshares would be interested in my intellectual property. 

by fredo on 2/24/2012 @ 2:12pm
The kiddies should be instructed on how to properly pack some heat inside a backpack so it doesn't accidentally fire.

by JesseHillFan on 2/24/2012 @ 2:15pm
Tommy the Condor teaches kids how to convert their newly found semi auto rifle into a fully automatic one.

by The Jinxmedic on 2/24/2012 @ 3:20pm
I'm not sure what you would accomplish by "drilling out" a firing pin. It would be much easier to simply remove it.

by NineInchNachos on 2/24/2012 @ 4:21pm
that thing that europeans do to guns to render them useless...  don't they drill something? 

by NineInchNachos on 2/24/2012 @ 4:22pm
maybe i'm thinking of harddrives 

by The Jinxmedic on 2/24/2012 @ 5:09pm
They drill a hole through the receiver into the chamber, plug the barrel, and weld the firing pin into the bolt assembly. Any other questions?

But to do this, Darryl would have children violate the "do not touch" and "leave the area" part of the basic safety rules, so you see- Darryl is actually part of the PROBLEM.

by NineInchNachos on 2/24/2012 @ 6:22pm
Ah.  yes.  That's it!  yeah Darryl operates under the assumption that Eddie is fundamentally flawed. 

by NineInchNachos on 2/24/2012 @ 7:34pm
Darryl would teach kids to drill a hole through the receiver into the chamber, plug the barrel, and weld the firing pin into the bolt assembly. (Thanks Jinx!) These are valuable trade skills children can use to get high-paying union jobs. Much more useful and running to mommy.

by ixia on 2/26/2012 @ 9:25am
Yes, if you tell an 8-year old not to touch something, especially when no adults are in the room, of course he will not touch it! He also will not eat that cookie or jump on the sofa. Just say no to touch! NRA child psychologists are top-notch, don’t you think?

by NineInchNachos on 3/12/2012 @ 8:40am
Where was that miserable egg sucking eagle ?  
another case of idiotic hand gun owners vs. their children

WTF ! 

by NineInchNachos on 3/14/2012 @ 8:58am
hot from the fresh grave of the Marrysville Officer's child's grave comes this news from a Tacoma Gas Station!

by Maria on 3/14/2012 @ 4:09pm
Also, longer article about this tragedy:

Including this interesting fact:

Twenty-seven states have some form of law to prevent child access to firearms, but Washington is not one of them. Such laws can include criminal penalties for adults who allow children to get their hands on guns, according to the San Francisco-based group Legal Community Against

Most of the people I know who own guns are extremely careful. They understand the danger of owning a deadly weapon when you have curious kids around. Kids who can open "child-proof" medicine bottles and climb chairs to the top of kitchen counter tops and put cars into gear.

I find it hard to believe there isn't already a law in place to prevent children from getting a hold of guns, e.g., criminal penalties for adults who don't store their firearms properly and put kids at risk.

by NineInchNachos on 3/14/2012 @ 4:16pm
they tried but the NRA killed it. Reload the effort i say!