Today We Mourn

Another tragedy brought on
by a world that has lost its way
clinging to outdated freedoms
like the right to buy and own
weapons that kill.

What about the right to live in peace?
Without fear of being struck down
senselessly
in the middle of an innocent outing
to watch the movies.

Some say guns protect us
and weapons secure us.
I say the only protection
lies within ourselves
within our power to think and recognize
that peace begins only
when we put our weapons down.

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. timkeen40
    Jul 21, 2012 @ 10:51:42

    Guns did not kill those people. A deranged, sick mind with a purpose killed those people. If not for guns, he would have found another way. Maybe he would have built a bomb instead and took out the entire theatre. Timothy McVey did not use guns to murder. Neither did the terrorist of 911.But they still found a way to kill.

    Tim

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  2. jfb57
    Jul 21, 2012 @ 11:22:46

    Yet again we share your sadness. We do find it difficult to comprehend that this can keep happening in what is a civilised nation.

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  3. thebestdigger
    Jul 21, 2012 @ 11:32:52

    Check out the wisdom of the Constitution. We have the right to live in peace. the shooter is the one who would deny us that. pay attention to what it is taking to unwind the explosives wired into his apartment. Tell me how disarming the nation would have prevented this. The determination of a sick mind will win every time. His purpose does not even compute with yours. Your position infers we are all of the same mind. Witness the misguided thinking of your own Army at Fort Hood, with a man aided and abetted in his radical mind by that same Army so as not to hurt his feelings and to be politically correct while he felt free to murder the sons of families supporting the very system to protect you and me. It is naive to believe that if we all make nice we will have peace. Where in history did that work? That implies we all think alike. Clearly, that is not true. This latest horror is the demo of that. the Constitution is even more appropriate now. This bad dude knew there was no one else armed in that theater but wore full body armor anyway. Ask yourself what meds he failed to take. Many were carrying only their babies. No one else carried a weapon. That is a reflection of what you believe might work.That bad dude would have found every way possible to execute his plan. He had a captive audience. I don’t want that for anyone.

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    • Lisa Wields Words
      Jul 21, 2012 @ 12:57:13

      I am not so naive as to think that it is as simple as laying down all weapons. I was being poetic. I recognize that it is human nature to fight for what we think is ours. I also recognize variety and difference in human belief systems. I just think that continually perpetuating a culture of weapons, whether on a national or personal level, is not going to bring us any closer to solving these problems. Obviously, this man was sick, and it may have happened no matter what. But I still would like to believe that someday humans will develop beyond the instinct toward violence. Wishful thinking, perhaps, but a girl can dream.

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  4. thebestdigger
    Jul 21, 2012 @ 11:39:39

    But that is not to say you are wrong in wanting a better world, a safer place where hatred is eradicated.

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  5. thepetalpusher
    Jul 21, 2012 @ 12:18:10

    Gene started hunting again and while it’s nice having venison for dinner, I hate how easy it is for anyone to procure guns–especially automatic weapons. I don’t even understand why they can be sold to just anyone. Do other countries have these senseless killings? If not, why do we?

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    • Lisa Wields Words
      Jul 21, 2012 @ 12:53:59

      I think they do, but with variation. It is so complicated. I struggle with the balance of allowing people guns for things like hunting, and allowing unstable people guns. I guess guns are simply our way of living out the truly animal instincts we try to deny. Sigh.

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  6. thebestdigger
    Jul 21, 2012 @ 12:45:25

    Tienamen Square. Kent State. Syria. Nazi Germany. Africa. The governments had the weapons. Senseless killings occurred. Are occurring.

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  7. Kathryn McCullough
    Jul 22, 2012 @ 20:55:56

    So glad to see you write about this. Lovely work. It’s such a sad, sad situation. When will our gun laws ever change?
    Hugs,
    Kathy

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  8. Kathy
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 16:43:01

    Lisa, thank you. I needed to pause for another moment and mourn the insensibility of this latest tragedy. May we put down our guns. Oh, please, may we put down our guns…all of them…

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  9. CMSmith
    Jul 24, 2012 @ 12:06:21

    Beautiful, Lisa. What are we to do with this world of ours and the power-hungry NRA?

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  10. tamarahickman
    Jul 24, 2012 @ 21:34:48

    Let me just say that this is a beautiful tribute, and I will skip the political hot topics. This was a sorrowful and lovely wielding of words. The pen, is indeed mightier than the sword. Even if the weilder of the pen falls, unlike the wielder of the sword, the words written and the ideas birthed continue to wage war in the minds of the people.

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