Did I provoke you to use a gun
In school, just because I was young?
Did you see me along with my mates
When you burst in through the school gates?
Did you think it all was a game
That each one would rise up again
Like they do in the video games?
Maybe you thought this would help
You get back at the staff who tried
To put you on the right track.
Maybe you hated authority figures
Thought you could solve things
With your trigger.
Now look at what you have done
A community killed with a gun.
But the state says you may have one
It’s your citizen’s right in the law.
But what about innocents like me
A victim you never cared for or saw?
Did you think my life didn’t matter
You just fancied to see some blood spatter.
Should we really all carry a gun
So when we’re drunk, drugged or want to have fun
We can shoot from the hip
Spray bullets from our grip
From a weapon of death
Kill all before?
But the Second Amendment
States freedom, is to live with a gun
Should you want
But I ask you please to consider
If my death was my freedom
The freedom I want.
I have been shocked as have many around the world at the Florida school shooting. 17 lives ended and there is a big call from young people in particular, for a change in the law in the USA which allows people to own guns. I understand the culture in the USA is very different from in the UK and some people are frightened and feel the gun law cannot be dispensed with – but Australia did it!
The photo is a provocative piece of street art by Bambi, in London, supposedly of the Michael Brown killing in 2014, but I think the picture is relevant here too. It shows an innocent saying don’t shoot. Guns are weapons, whether in the hands of the law or of ordinary people.
I would be interested to know what you think about gun law in general or in your own country.
Words and photo copyright Englepip©