killing for power – Colorado

politicians pause from their billion dollar fist fight, to send condolences,
the military pauses from its legal violence training, to fly a flag half mast
Automatic weapons dealers pause from their sales desk, to wipe a tear
video game designers pause from bloody graphics, to shake their head
we all stop one minute, shed a tear, sniff a sad thought,
and then..”ok where was I? oh yeah!  ‘bullets flying everywhere…'”

in the meanwhile some troubled powerless youth is watching …noting
perhaps sub-consciously …how easy it is, to become a headliner

on every TV in America…..overnight….  “wow…what power”


3 responses

  1. It’s difficult not to feel powerless in situations like this. There is way too much coverage by the media. As you’ve pointed out, that coverage can appeal to the seriously disturbed who need recognition so badly that hey may emulate these vile actions taken in Aurora, CO. Will assault weapons ban stop these things from happening? I rather doubt it, unfortunately. What can we do to stop evil? Do unto others as you would have them do unto you is forgotten in many homes today. Would it help? Probably not because the psychotic and damaged will always exist. It is horrible when these things occur, but we should not live in fear because of them, should we? We should not blame the total for the few, should we? I like what you’ve said here because you speak the frustration of so many of us. It would be nice if a solution were in view, though.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    • thoughtful words Caitlin,
      It seems that there is always an outcry after such a terrible event for “stricter laws.”
      but do we actually believe “more laws” will prevent crime? Yes , I think it is absurd the way Americans amass huge personal arsenals of automatic weapons. BUT , as you mentioned there are much deeper societal problems to address than simply “making more restrictions.” Holding on to Liberty is an awesome and even messy business.

      Will we decide that every public mall or theater have a kind of airport security monitor checkpoint with armed guards? Is personal safety to be a priority over personal freedoms?
      there must be balanced and thoughtful processes in order to address these issues.

      thanks for your input and thoughtfulness!

      July 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm

  2. Your words speak to me
    and so I must speak them as well
    As one hand touching another…

    August 10, 2012 at 6:54 pm

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