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A bad guy with a gun

"Only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun."
So says the gun lobby—the bad guy with a gun!
School, shop, and street wax wet with blood,
But the hum of the gun works drowns out their cry.
Their tears, still, run deep in our ears 
Sweeping away old lies about guns 
That gun shop bums so glibly put forth.

By caskets in a ditch, they make their pitch
To conjure sales from every shooting.
"Strap a mop to a gun butt to blot the blood," they'll say 
Knowing that in our fright they can fly us like a kite
And lead us by a string to gun shops and the like.
Soon, though, we see not more sales alone
But in their red wake more hells too.

By right we arm but by love disarm.
Now is the nation called to love:
By gun control we challenge not your rights 
But your heart to sacrifice that love entails.
So give me not a reading of the law
But tales of love's deeds in hearts and homes—
How racks have shed arms like autumn leaves 
And turned the land from red to gold.

Copyright © Agona Apell | Year Posted 2018


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Date: 2/19/2020 12:04:00 AM

Hats off! Straight to my favs. There is no other logic apart from business for the gun lobbyst. I know for sure were there is a gun there is likely to be an injustices, if at all there is justice, it is after an injustice has already occurred. Well written.
Date: 3/25/2018 9:47:00 PM

I can give you Eight Million tales of love in hearts and deeds, those that shed arms for over a hundred years. Have a global brotherhood, where individuals will sacrifice their lives and freedoms rather hurt or kill anyone for any reason. What religion can say that??? Poem is so wonderful, and I live in a global spiritual paradise now
Date: 3/25/2018 10:10:00 AM

The gun lobby seems to profit after these tragic shootings.. Love how you ended the poem...Well written..