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Just Another Day in the Land of the Free


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Just Another Day in the Land of the Free 


Lately every day

When I turn on the U.S. news

I hear and see


Another act of gun violence

Another policeman shooting

A black person over a minor offense

For the crime of driving while black


Another shooting in a school

Another shooting in a church

Another shooting in a store

50,000 gun deaths per year

As if an entire town ceased to exist



Yet nothing is done

The republicans offer

Useless thoughts and prayers


And refuse to do a damn thing

Nothing can be done they say


Gun violence

Is the cost

Of our freedom


Guns don’t kill people

The solution to gun violence

Are more guns for all


The Gun ghosts

don’t care for thoughts and prayers

They remain dead


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  • 2 weeks later...

I'm sorry Jake, I just bought a shotgun.   Although we do have one, I don't like revolvers, I have visions of shooting off my own foot.  It is in the safe.  (My husband is former law enforcement.) We live in a rural area, sheriff response is 15 to 20 minutes, isolated homes.  There have been rare but reported home invasions.   A shot gun with bird shot won't kill anyone but it will scare them off.   I did have occassion to chase off someone many many years ago with a hunting rifle, which we no longer own.  I'm for strict background checks and wait periods.  Here in California the gun laws are pretty strict already.  I think stricter than the Fed proposal.   You made your point.


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