Response to Brian Bilston’s America is a Gun

Response to Brian Bilston’s America is a Gun

“Bystanders killed by bullets not specifically intended for them have long been a very small part of the homicide problem.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology

Bystanders have been a small
part of homicide problem;
how dare they keep jumping in
front of those stray bullets.

America IS a gun.
Three hundred and twenty one
people are shot ev’ry day,
ninety unintentionally.

America IS a gun.
Some are only bystanders;
fathers, mothers, son, daughters,
grandfathers, and grandmothers.

America IS a gun.
Innocents shot while driving,
sitting, standing, and sleeping;
talking, visiting, and walking.

America IS a gun.
Others are shot while shopping,
at the movies, concerts, and
clubs, or while going to school.

America IS a gun.
We do nothing to fix this,
stymied while the next bullet
flies at the next “untarget.”

Per one hundred thousand people,
eighteen countries suffer the loss
of half a person to shootings.
Then there's Chile; then there's US.*

*Institute for Health Metrics Evaluation

Photo: Rux Centea on Unsplash

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