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Sometimes, even a poet has to vent. Just listen to the 911 calls put on line 12/4 for the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook and ask just one question: WTF is wrong with this country? This is not a political question…PLEASE, this is a moral challenge. (Bear with this prosetry addressing of the conundrum)
Targets Be Warned
by Odin Roark
By their very nature
Not designed for cans on the fence
Or bottles on the rocks
Guns came from arrows
Came from spears
Also Sprach Zarathustra
Comes to mind
Beyond 2001 Space Odyssey’s opening
Has emerged this country’s continued obsession
That an instrument invented to kill
Is a right
To live in America
Such a right is granted
To take down animals
Somewhere along the line
Our laws fucked up
For if England can regulate weapons
Why can’t we
Many will disagree
Much like the primitive mindset
Challenged the primate
With the waving thigh bone
There’s this “right” thing
That trumps reason
But something’s wrong with this picture
Being repeated in the 21st century
With bones now carrying multiple kill capacity
Often mercilessly held by the mentally disturbed
Disturbed people who often have
Already reached out for help
To no avail
Something’s out of control
Let’s hear it for missile launchers
A Brookstone drone with guns
A Sharper Image Bond car with bullets
Your very own Hammacher Schlemmer tank
Where does it end?
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|Reviewed by John Martin
|Indeed, keeping guns out of the homes and hands of honest citizens saved the lives of many of those people in Rwanda who hacked hundreds of thousands of their neighbors families to death with Machetes.|
|Reviewed by Michael True
|visions of gangsters and mercenaries dance like sugar plums in video game dream-scapes. As long as the weak seek revenge in a pocket pistol the bullies and bullets will rule. M.True|
|Reviewed by Edward Phillips
|You are correct: We are a country that is off the charts nuts with how we have acquiesced to the gun industry. 33 residents must die everyday from guns in the hands of nuts as a result. The solution must encompass many areas and will require 100 or more solutions. They include: more intensive police instruction; chip tracking implants in criminals and mental cases; high resolution video cameras in critical locations; psychological and psychiatric interventions; home and school instructions in safe storage of guns and ammo; and about 90 more ideas. Simply passing a law that restricts gun availability to lawful people will not lessen the problem.|
|Reviewed by Ruan Burke
|Just wanted to add...
In England, if you see ANYONE with a gun outside of a controlled range, there is no grey area and no element of doubt - you KNOW there is a problem.
|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|You have every right to vent, for you are on the right side of history. The pistol only has one purpose, and that is to be easily carried and used to kill humans at relatively short range. A pistol is not a hunting weapon, and not very useful in warfare.
And, as far as warfare goes. When every citizen on every street is armed with military might in the mistaken idea that anarchy is right around the corner… Anarchy is right around the corner. In all the survival stories that I read and hear about, the pistol is only used in fiction.
I hope this gets spread around the Internet like some of that John Wayne, Charles Heston "from my cold dead hands" bull crap.
|Reviewed by Ruan
|Being English, I am in total agreement with the regulation of weapons. We have our share of attacks and episodes, but only a small percentage are fatal. That has to be good.
To my mind, if everyone may be carrying a gun, how does one spot the threat?
|Reviewed by Jansen Estrup
|It ends with all of us lower on the moral scale than rats. At least they kill/eat what they kill. Guns don't kill people? Eddie Izzard says "try pointing your finger at someone and yelling, 'bang! bang!' - I don't think that will kill very many" ... Guns do kill people, even those who aren't the target. They kill those who provide for or care for families, neighborhoods and nations. That is their purpose, just as a black obelisk inspired some distant ancestor to grab up a bone and kill those who had 'his waterhole' ... on the other hand, regulating guns is not even possible. They can be made in a garage, assembled via internet printers and even turned into grenade launchers. Taking note of large capacity clips is useless, too - many of us saw the belt-fed demo recently - a guy firing 800 rounds in a minute - how does that get regulated? Given the mental health of the average American and the widespread sufferers of PTSD (not just battle scars) I confess to being afraid of anyone with a gun, including myself. Just another element in the corporate campaign to keep us afraid of everything. Nice job posing a rabid question, Odin.|
|Reviewed by John Bidwell
|The gun lovers will not be confused by the facts, and will actually avoid facts proudly.
I am confused by the facts.
People want the killing of human beings to be as easy as possible.
Mental stability is fragile in humans, from road rage to sports arguments and family feuds- add a gun and you know what you get.
Violence is not an exact science- the police fail at an alarming rate and they are well trained, but the madness that holds a gun is not predictable.
I believe huge effort should be placed on creating non-leathal weapons to incapacitate unbalanced individuals- no killing the wrong guy- but also no killing people who really need help in this stressful world. No killing period.
One must believe death is a solution to wish it on anyone and love the means to cause it.
If guns don't kill people neither do hydrogen bombs. Let's have a sale.
|Reviewed by Carla Miller
|Saw this quote on a t -shirt "If guns are outlawed, then only outlaws will have guns." So yeah I'm all for moral people being armed. Many things could have been stopped and maybe a lot less deaths. Unfortunately that is the world we live in now. Have a friend, she takes her concealed weapon wherever she goes. She's not taking her kids into any place she can't take her weapon. She's got a license to carry and that's exactly what she does. Guarantee nothing will happen to her kids.|
|Reviewed by Jerry Bolton
|I saw something the other day that addressed this issue. I'm paraphrasing now, "We are told that just because a few radical Muslims are bad we should not blame all Muslims. I wonder why that cannot work for gun owners?" The guns are not the problem, Odin, and regulation of guns will hardly make a dent in the murder rate.|