Tuesday, January 1, 2013

OpenLinkNight: g(un control)

texted picture

it's not the gun that kills, i get it,
but lets not be senseless

it begins with a text message:

Hey
                              Hey

How you?
                              Good, how u?
Great

Guess what
                               What's up?
Got and AR
                                AR?
assault riffle

here's a pic

what do you think?

                                why?

i like to shoot things

& break into his ex-grilfriend's house,
hide in her room til she came home,
upset she broke up with him, to feed
his obsession, caught by her mom
& the only reason he has no record
was volunteering with the cops
they knew him,

22, married now, a new kid & two jobs
to pay the bills, but has $1700 to drop

aren't they supposed to ask about med-
ication & previous mental condition
but then again, WE HAVE THE RIGHT
TO BEAR ARMS & sales to make
while congress is distracted, bickering
over taxes for smaller percentages

will bring it up to show
you and your boys
                                 no.
                                 we are leaving

putting miles between us, feels a bit
safer with each mile marker---wants to show
my 8 and 10 year old---how far
is far enough?

Over @ dVerse Poets, it is OpenLinkNight - time to get your poetry on - write it, read it, doors open at 3 PM.

True text conversation from over the holidays.

120 comments:

Mary said...

One

Mary said...

Yikes.....just yikes. Frightening, Brian

farawayinthesunshine said...

It brings shivers down my spine...So much to say and where to begin...so disturbing Brian

the walking man said...

God help me that sounds like a normal fucking conversation in this country. Ex-girlfriend could have been the last or the first but then the bible says they are both the same.

Lorraine said...

Good God, guns have one purpose to kill animals humans ...the BAN on GUNS shuld be he 11th commandment

Oh Brian you bring it out, we must bring it out constantly, I'm with you all the way BAN GUNS forever

Claudia said...

ugh..we're never far enough...what terrifies me most is that it sounds so normal, just like texting about a new cd...it's like sitting on a time bomb...ugh..

Pauline said...

Crazy people aren't the only ones who like to shoot things. And who needs to shoot things with an assault rifle? We make a scary world scarier, not safer, with such weapons.

SueAnn Lommler said...

Sometimes you just have to wonder what they are thinking??? Ack!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Marie Nicole said...

Where, when & how will this madness stop?

manicddaily said...

Awful. Well-written. I have a very hard time understanding it. I know people with guns too - I don't understand them. The hunting I get-=but this stuff is not about hunting. Crazy. k.

manicddaily said...

ps - caught her by her mom, is a great line. k.

Dave King said...

God, this is brilliant. Okay, it's a true text conversation, but that's what's brilliant about it. Using it and using it like this. It's a powerful indictment. And how does the right to bear arms sit with the right to life? Seems to me that on's an absolute right, but the other isn't. In a country so faith conscious, I would have thought one God-given, the other cooked up by man.

kaykuala said...

A gun is either for protection or for sports. A gun kills if it gets out of these 2 realms. It can happen if it gets into the wrong hands. Which means there ought to be gun control. Great that you highlighted this here, Brian!

Hank

DJan said...

This is scary. I read that assault rifles are being sold in huge quantities ever since Newtown. It makes me scared for all of us...

Heaven said...

Thank for sharing this Brian ~ I don't understand it at all, what is there to show the children and others, that its okay to carry, threaten and kill someone or anyone ~ Sadly, its just a business~

This is a tragic situation and the solution is nowhere in sight ~

Happy Tuesday ~

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

"will bring it up to show
you and your boys
no.
we are leaving

putting miles between us, feels a bit
safer with each mile marker---wants to show
my 8 and 10 year old---how far
is far enough?"


Hi! Brian...
Your poetic words have a tenseness,an urgency, and a powerful message...
...and yes, a father['s] fear and concern for his children safety and future.

Thanks, for sharing your poetic words...As for the image today...it's frightening! [very]

[CONT...]

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

Happy New Year! to you, your family, friends and readers... too!
[may it be filled with love, warmth,friend-ship and hope!]
deedee :)

izzy said...

Oh yes show them what feels safe!
Thanks- Happy New Year!
I remember the beginning of my rifle
education-I wrote about a very necessary set of experiences...(I have been thinking I ought to share some of my self-published writing,it has a copy write and all...)

sage said...

Happy New Year, Brian and thanks for giving words for this insane world!

Laurie said...

cold hard truth is sometimes so scary.I was raised by a fur trapper and hunter here in Northern Ontario, guns were a part of our life, it wasn't until an adult I saw what people were capable of with them.We would have starved without guns but I suppose thats a whole different world, its is frightening,
this is an eye opener for certain!
On a lighter note, Happy New year!

JANU said...

How can crazy people have enough sense to open fire on innocent and unarmed people?

Pat Hatt said...

Blah to that
No need of such things at any mat
What the heck is the point in such crap
One just over compensating or being a silly sap

Daniel said...

Yikes brother. Yikes.

Paula Wooters said...

Too much sadness these days, brought on by the senseless overabundance of weapons. May you and your precious boys stay safe!

adeeyoyo said...

Wish you could bring it home to those teetering on the brink, at the crossroads to life or death. Good one Brian. But sometimes no distance is far enough.

Eva said...

That´s scary...well written!

Happy New Year, Brian!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

YES! I love this and I am in total agreement with you. This issue has become something I'm very passionate about of late. Change is needed. Like yesterday.

sheila said...

terrible thing us parents (and our children) have to worry about these days...had a gun scare at the middle school last month...my sixth grader was beside herself.

Happy New Year!

California Girl said...

Happy New Year Brian!

Is this for real? I'd be freaking.
Stay safe.

Leovi said...

Certainly I am against guns. Greetings.

happygirl said...

Happy New Year. Yeah, everyone's getting their guns before the govt takes the privilege away. This is triggering folks who may not have thought they wanted one to get one. It's a slippery slope, my friend.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Brian,

Very disturbing. Times have changed, people have changed and perceptions have changed

In our country rape is one of the biggest crimes growing at an alarming rate. Many politicians involved in rape cases have been elected to Parliament and they are not bothered about the alarming increase in rapes all over the country. The police controlled by the politicians will not do anything to protect women. Judiciary is lax and it takes years for a court ruling. Rapists get bail easily. Government is saying something and doing exactly opposite. Our ex President who was a woman gave pardon for five criminals who were convicted of rape and murdering the victims on the advice of the government. Terrible things are happening here.

I hope the new year will be a good year.

Wish you and your family a wonderful new year.
Joseph

darkangelwrites said...

My family are gun people, hunters and ranchers. We really aren't that far removed from the wild west that was this place two generations ago. They all support the right to bare arms. Support the shooting of coyotes munching on baby lambs or overly friendly mountain lions. I don't think they are thinking crazy city dwellers with assault rifles when they toot their NRA horns. Always pays to step back and see the big picture. Thanks for bringing it.

annell said...

What is to be done? I guess we can pray for jam? Hopefully this will be the year...something....

Mama Zen said...

That is scary!

Anne said...

Very sad Brian and too many have died over the last 10 years, too many. I talked to The Hubby about the gun control issue and he explained to me that your Constitution gave you the right to bear arms to protect yourselves against an unlawful government. The original intent was based on your Founding Fathers experience with King George who ruled unlawfully and his rule over your country was ended through force of arms.

Is that how most Americans view the right to bear arms?

Poet Laundry said...

Our problems go deep in this country. I do hope we can have change, the kind that values life and the protection of it. Happy New Year to you Brian!

mrs mediocrity said...

oh. this leaves me speechless. and frightened. and sad. how far is far enough? the question of all questions. this is a really powerful piece.

Susan said...

Powerful scenario leading to the question and its implied answer. Leaves me in Silence. When do we put our feet down and hold ground? Makes me think of my amazing cat. No matter how comfortable she gets in any place, an unwanted intrusion--even a head scratch when she doesn't want it--causes her to get up and leave. She never fights back (and wouldn't win if she did). She just moves, again and again. I don't think humans are built that way. Should we be?

Natasha Head said...

Goosebumps of the worst kind on this one Poet...seriously. Muskets and cannons have evolved...so too should the laws that limit their use. If the government decides to shut you down...no AR on your front porch is going to stop them. A sin really, that mindsets have shared the same evolutionary rate as the laws...is it too soon to be soapboxing? Conversation aside...I do hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful holiday...been missing the poets! Happy New Year!

Tara Miller said...

This true story is definitely worriesome and scary - he certainly doesn't one! Sad to know that whatever the laws may be, if someone wants to get ahold of a gun, they'll find a way.

Laurie Kolp said...

It's so scary. I'd like to take my kids as far away from the craziness that is our country right now. The priorities of "those in power" are screwed. My poem is about my hopes to spread peace for 2013.

http://lkkolp.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/2013-a-year-for-love/

henry clemmons said...

Nice commentary. I sure it will be a much debated topic in 2013. And just in the states as the world will be listening to the debate and outcome for various reasons.

Dawn Paoletta said...

Brian , you always bring me into close proximity with people. Scary at times, tender at times. Interesting always. Thank you for sharing your words, Brother...no easy answers on this side my friend.

vivinfrance said...

I feel the same bitterness . One feels so powerless - and I don't mean the kind of power that shoots. Why do we give the power to change things to those crass idiotic greedy egoists, instead of to men of judgement, wisdom and goodwill?

JH said...

I have no experience of the subject and I am reluctant to comment ... but the writing is powerful.
Thanks for sharing Brian.
Cheers
Jim

Victoria said...

It's hard to understand why anyone would need an automatic assault weapon. I like how you used dialogue in this...very effective, Brian.

jasmine calyx said...

I'm just going to tell you the truth because this is never the case with you, but I found this hard to read---like the flow was off. Rough. Tough for me to slide into the groove. Usually, that's your specialty---writing so smoothly that I just glide along on your words. But now that I think about it, the choppiness/broken feeling sort of mirrors your topic---gun shots and broken lives. It shouldn't be easy to follow.

I love the way this sounds:
"while congress is distracted, bickering
over taxes for smaller percentages" This your typical sound, with the easy flow and gentle internal rhyme that makes it sound so tight and "pre-meditated."

Toward the beginning, you used the word "and" when you meant to use "an."

Love you, B. And happy holidays, my friend. May the new year bring you nothing but delight.

Polly said...

Brian, what an awful experience ~ you capture it well

Steve King said...

You bring a sense of the urgency, anxiety that underlies our human reactions to this problem, not just a rehashing of the ageless political cliches. You've sketched us a scary drama here...

colleen said...

Excellent! I especially love the set-up with the start of a seemingly harmless conversation and how it can twist. That is haunting.

http://www.looseleafnotes.com/2012/12/guns-and-the-weather-you-dont-need-a-weather-vane-to-know-which-way-the-wind-blows/

Marbles in My Pocket said...

I know what you're saying, pard. Sadly, it's not about guns or who has them--even what they do with them. It's about politics, control, and money; mostly the latter.

flaubert said...

Yikes, is right. Brian, I am not sure what the obsession over guns is all about. I understand it is a right, but do they have to have assault weapons? Good write.

Pamela

Wander said...

Sad to say Brian the reason why there is little or no gun control is due to the reactionary nature of our country...read the above comments...when people start shouting "we must ban all guns" others get scared that that has a possibility of happening, and they start fighting to protect their rights. And there are many that fear that gun control is a way of our own government limiting the ability of the general populas to defend itself. I myself have owned 15 guns over my lifetime and have never abused that right. For every one person who abuses their right

Laura said...

really screwed up priorities...messing with realities and fantasies and the cost is more than our arms can bear.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

The right to bear arms and the right to use assault rifles are just not equal in my eyes.

Wander said...

To own guns there are thousands more that own responsibly....bans are a bad idea, but checks and balances are necessary. Push for proper safty laws like testing and licensing and strict dealer accountability. I grew up in an area where people treated their weapons with respect and taught their children the same! Stop using words like BAN and CONTROL and start using words like SAFETY and PROTECTION instead. If anyone actually wants to get anywhere they need to stop ailianating the people that are necessary for change to have a chance.

poeticlicensee said...

Guns & people kill-- can't have one without the other. Violence begets violence. Trouble is, the cat's out of the bag. And, have you ever tried to get a cat back into a bag..

Ginny Brannan said...

Scary stuff, eh?! You already know my opinion on this, which is pretty much the same as yours. People owning guns why? Oh, because they can. Background checks all but nonexistent in many places. And before anyone gets their undershorts in a bunch, I am not talking of the legitimate sportsmen and hunters, but rather the closet psychos, the gung-hos with the "I'll-get-them-before-they-get-me" attitude. Think that the media and moviemakers need to take more responsibility too. Do we really want or need so much "realism" and graphic gore to hype guns?
Its a whole different world than the one I grew up in, my friend. Thanks for sharing this.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

This might be the question that we all have to look at this year, and once we decide it is enough, if we go down that road, to finally remain vocal long enough to make a change--

anotherwanderingsoul said...

wow, this scares me on so many levels! glad you went away... this is just beyond words.

my heart's love songs said...

oh, man! i can't help but think our forefathers would never had included such a vague "right to bear arms" if they could have seen where we'd be by now. we don't have to worry about another country invading us, we do a bang-up job of killing one another ourselves.

here's hoping that something changes for the better... sometime... somehow...

may the new year bring you HAPPY surprises and LOVE and LAUGHTER and HUGS and SMILES, Brian!

Goofball said...

A few years ago after a racist wacko killed a toddler and her black nanny on the streets, our gun laws got more strict once again.

Deaths by guns (murder & suicide) both dropped by half since. Very interesting graph.

California Girl said...

Goofball, if you have a link to the graph, will you post it? I'd like to see it. The NRA maintains the 1994 gun control act, co-written by Joe Biden, had no effect on the number of murders by guns in the U.S. I don't know what country you are in or if you're in this one but I'd like to see anything that shows a correlation of same.

ayala said...

A good capture of everything that's wrong with this world right now. So funny my little one was reading the comments on his birthday post and he said, " Brian Miller I know this guy. He's the dot dot guy. " :) I thought it was cute ... And I am the dot dot girl. He likes to read your comments when he is actually reading them. :)

therianverse.com said...

Distance, and lots of it sounds good to me. Ans speaking up about the insanity, each of us in our own way, might not change anything, but it's better than staying silent.

~Nara

poetry-diary.com said...

You describe a world I find difficult to understand, although your poem goes a long way. All other countries seem to have managed to get through this in the end though, if that begins to help, and I'm sure they all felt they were different too.

thecourseofourseasons said...

a conversation our country needs to continue and not lose focus or feeling. no matter the issue - it comes down to the guns - such a scary but real life story and how long can you protect your children from the influence.

Beth Winter said...

It is unsettling to see the extremes that our children are exposed to in these days. I think violence has become so visible that it is difficult to separate the virtual from the physical. I would probably faint if I heard the words Assault Rifle spill from my nephew's mouth. Well written, Brian. :)

WabiSabi said...

You nailed it Brian! Miles and miles....The text conversation was spot on!

irene said...

Great poetic take on gun control indeed, Brian.

Wolfsrosebud said...

... the reality of it all

Kelvin S.M. said...

...it is not the gun that kills... how frightening that reality was... and yes we are responsible for whatever we gained, does, said, everything... it is not the gun that kills.. but the devil in each of us.. the devil inherent to every human... it's just too sad to think that conversations like these are all pretty normal nowadays... what more in the coming years...

..i hope the new year is treating you well Brian... Happy New Year... smiles...

awakenedwords said...

I firmly believe in the Right, and I believe most people have forgotten its intent (to protect us from our own government), but i will admit to mixed feelings about the ARs. It is a slippery slope...well pinned as always.

^.^ said...

I grew up with guns ... so did my kids ... come hunting season ... they meant food on the table ...

CiCi said...

Exactly right, get the hell away. How many people like that are itching to show off their new toys?

Secret Agent Woman said...

Without the guns, there could be no gun deaths. Assault weapons should be banned.

hedgewitch said...

I'd be putting as many miles as possible between me and him---and congress--o wait--you can't ever drive away from congress. Happy New Year, brian.

Katie said...

That was creepy!! Well done, very much so!! :-)

hiroshimem.com said...

OMG a true conversation?! I'm abashed. I'm afraid Canada is going in the same direction, too.
I like how you wrapped text messages into a poem - one that comes with a reflection, too.

marousia said...

Well said! this is such a banal conversation - you've captured it perfectly

turtlememoir said...

it's a scary world out there... & it's all too close for comfort - but here's to raising consciousness, here's to achieving a greater humanity, here's to pulling together for that brave new world, still waiting
& wishing you all the best in this new year, brian

Heather Sawaya said...

Brian, this is so chilling and powerful. Yet again, you channel a moral and social issue through a real-world experience. I read it at least 5 times. Love it.

Ken Higginson said...

Certainly thought provoking. Thanks for sharing.-Ken

Arron Shilling said...

Hey Brian

I was only just thinking how quickly the media moves on and turns the tragic page towards the back of the book. This truly is chilling. I mean the whole subject
is insane! The tragedy and the craziness is universally perplexing but I have to admit the whole gun control/amendment etc. side of things is so difficult for an English person to totally understand: it almost appears to be incomprehensible as a subject and it is good to see and read people such as yourself questioning and challenging the issues in an a thoughtful way, poetically and otherwise, keeping the issue in the spotlight
enough to make a change . Sometime soon
(hopefully!)

All the best Brian

1emeraldcity said...

Life is a gift...you chillingly and skillfully reveal how we are trashing that gift ...and more putting our children in jeopardy. Thank you for keeping the ball aloft!

Kim said...

This is my third attempt at posting here. Great Brian, commonplace has no common sense as in your poem. Way to go waystation.

Fred Rutherford said...

Excellent piece Brian, very thought out and illustrated effectively. While I genuinely agree with gun control, I do stop and think though how the crazies out there are truly that, and while gun control would certainly curtail much of the violence, I have to think that it would also open things up for more organized violence as well, seeing that people would theoretically no longer have the opportunity to defend themselves and the criminals would still find their guns etc… It's tough, I get the whole constitutional right thing, but that should not alone be the reason for them, there has to be some middle ground, some way to stop the senseless violence, but while not putting many into a state of perpetual inability to self-defend.

Personally, I don't own any guns, and really, to many of my relatives chagrin, don't have any desire to. They do it right though; my dad for example, has a case that is locked and he alone has the key, but in the even that the case was smashed into or what not, the bullets are kept in a completely different part of the house, where I don't even know where they are. He and my uncles and some of his friends go to a range and shoot targets or those clay things in the air and seem to enjoy it.

But it is funny though, with this whole discussion he makes good points about being able to protect yourself from home invasion etc…but I tell him that if someone actually broke in to the house, he wouldn't have the time to go unlock the case then run to wherever he hides the ammo, get back up in time to prevent/defend the house. But he has a point. Just wish he didn't.

Anyhow, the point you mention about regulating the permits in here, that's a strong one and I do believe with 100% certainty that the president will work to instill new restrictions upon who can own weapons, insist upon longer waiting/vetting times and then annual tests/reapplication. WHile this won't completely solve the senseless ones, I don't think anything will truly stop those other than a mental reprogramming of values into the schools when young, but it can't hurt.

Sorry for the long winded response, but I actually know quite a bit about this topic, so thought I'd mention my thoughts and some of what I know about it. Excellent job in forming the thesis here. Very effective. Hope you have a great new years.

rallentanda said...

Ever thought of emigrating. Raise your kids in a country without guns.

rumoursofrhyme said...

Chilling to think that anyone could think that this is normal behaviour...

Wishing you and yours a happy and safe New Year.

Jyoti Mishra said...

Such kind of madness was witnessed in India too... We had an incident in national capital which shook the whole country..
These days we can never know what's going in someone's mind.

PS: Wishing u a happy new year Brian
and your family too !!

Poetry and Icecream said...

This really disturbs and scares me. I'm glad I live in Australia where we probably have the toughest firearms legislation. The fact that my 17yo want to move to LA in the very near future terrifies me :(
Something needs to be done soon without a doubt.

Anders Woje Ellingsen said...

In Norway fire arms should be registered to be legal. Criminal record and psychiatric history counts. Automatic rifles are forbidden. And you need to hunt or to compete to own a weapon. The police is not armed (but they have guns in the cars, used when they are let to from the station). I prefer it that way.

lucychili said...

in australia we had a shooting then gun laws. some people still have guns but fewer. there are also fewer people here which is a factor.

i think the military/economics combination is the greatest problem. more than individuals with guns. that problem breaks whole communities and their ecologies and incomes and leaves them with only guns and debt. we need to figure out how to make a different kind of democracy. imho

thecheesewolf said...

Last year 10,745 people were killed by hand guns in the US. In the same year 8 were killed by guns in the UK. You have a right to carry arms: but do you not also have a right not to be gunned down?

I don't think I'll ever get my head around why this is even an issue.

There are times when the US suddenly gets its act together and shocks the world with its generosity and creativity of spirit. There are sadly other times when those not in it just have to stand back aghast.


Your poem is incredibly powerful. I hope the caring majority (for whom you speak so eloquently) win the day - I really do.

Valerie said...

Worrying and very upsetting. For goodness sake BAN GUNS. Our laws protect us from guns but they do allow people to carry knives.... and those people USE them. There are so many murders now... I dread to think how it will all end.

Valerie said...

Worrying and very upsetting. For goodness sake BAN GUNS. Our laws protect us from guns but they do allow people to carry knives.... and those people USE them. There are so many murders now... I dread to think how it will all end.

Yiota Luyu Ladybird said...

Powerful, Brian...Here in Greece there are some places where people too have a strong sense upon the right to protect themselves, their family and their property. But protecting yourself is one thing, and killing innocent people is another. I hope logic prevails on this matter not only in your country but everywhere. Happy New Year to you and loved ones :)

stuartmcpherson.com said...

it's not the gun that kills, i get it,
but lets not be senseless

brian- you had me with these first lines....this speaks so much on behalf of so many people...love the insertion of the text messgae- this brings this poem crashing firmly into real life

A Cuban In London said...

As usual, a poem full of wisdom and beauty.

Happy New Year to you and yours! :-)

Greetings from London.

Sabio Lantz said...

Damn, I hang in those circles too -- no money but drop money on videos, cigs, bars, trips, clothes, lottery tickets. They don't go back to school, but watch TV each night wondering why it don't get better. Dropping $1700 is easier and more empowering that sitting in school or slowly apprenticing in a new trade. But as finances drop, bill collectors come and friends/lovers leave you or fight ......

In financial hard times, knives, fists, and ARs come out. The right to arms is important -- but it was written when flint locks was all they could imagine. The solution is certainly not as simple as limiting AR, but 'tis a damn good place to start.

Taxes won't solve the finances, we deceive ourself there too. We need to stop spending -- and spending on guns is the best place there too.

Amazing text -- set the distance far!

Vernon Wildy, Jr. said...

Happy New Year!

Glad to get back into the swing of things. Great post. Love the use of text messages to make the situation more urgent. All it takes is for small moments to create larger ones. Good job.

Nico said...

Powerful poem--we HAVE to do a better job in restricting access to guns. And we must do better at helping those who need help, regardless of the gun issue.

adan said...

finally got to a computer i could post to, hope you got my email, tried several times to post last night via my phone, oh well ;-)

felt the meshing of so many feelings, and an urgency, about your family, hope all comes out well

let us know if you make it down to austin -

happy new year brian, take care ;-)

Other Mary said...

How far is far enough? Good question. I hope we don't have to go all the way to another country; one that has sane gun laws. This whole thing is so sad and frightening. I wish your poem was required reading for congress.

jane hewey said...

and if we can not drive away, is a metaphorical distance large enough? I want to do something to assist and at the same time feel powerless. An obvious step is tighter regs. Keep that big heart of yours alive, Brian. The contrast around us can seem so devastating sometimes.

beckykilsby said...

Interesting how you highlight some of the big issues here, starting with a quoted voice, how they impact an individual voice, how official voices are distracted.. The right to bear arms.. from around the globe and having grown up in the UK, I have always failed to understand why this is a right and why it is clung to so hard.

Important to make this personal I think

unshakenthoughts.com said...

and I thought only my country is so fucked up...

James Rainsford said...

Very topical and brilliantly written Brian.

Tigerbrite said...

Well done for addressing this issue. Guns beget more guns and more violence. The only way forward is to start calling them in. Gently to start with by not selling more, and then by education. After WW2 in the UK they had organised days when people could bring in arms and give them up without any questions when the law said we could not hold them any more.
The US citizen has a right to bear arms... surely this should be changed:)

Quotes,Photos and a little Poetry said...

Its sad that we have to have this part of thoughts. Like the awareness of it all though.

lori mcclure said...

I meant to get here yesterday, but sickness took over our home, ugh. The kids and I caught a bug. This is so good, Brian. I will never see the point of any civilian owning an assault rifle. We have pushed fear in this country (our drug of choice). I'm not saying we shouldn't have the right to bear arms, but we have to find a way to be more careful. No one needs a stockpile of guns in my opinion. And then there's the whole mental history thing. We're a mess. I hope we can get it together before more carnage happens. Thank you for giving voice to a difficult issue. As always, you've made me feel and think, which I appreciate :)

Sue said...

I just don't get it.
And I never will.

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sreeja harikrishnan said...

In a way we all are concerned over how things are going in our respective countries... may things turn out good. Great lines here...
Good wishes for a better year... :-)

Nilanjana Bose said...

Scary! And you got me with the broken up title itself...too many issues going on with our resp bits of the planet...hope this year will help sort a few of them out. Best wishes for a peaceful and happy year.

William Manson said...

awe, this was tragic, it rocked the world in a bad way mate, too many countries allow guns, fortunately only the police have guns here, and off course the underworld, we all cried when this happened, thanks for highlighting it mate.

Alice Audrey said...

And here I'm thinking I better got get myself a Glock before they become illegal. Not that I intend to use it, or want anyone else to have one, mind you.

Syd said...

Man, there are so many people out there who think that guns make them stronger, bigger, prouder. I would put a lot of miles between myself and the AR man too. Just like the wild west again. History repeats.

Chris Lawrence said...

So scary my friend unfortunately it is global now i live near Liverpool home of the Beatles but in some areas in a schoolyard you can order a firearm and have it delivered, it saddens me, a powerful and guiding piece as we should listen and change

zongrik said...

this needs a guitar accompaniment!~!