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Elliot-Rodger

“After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it. I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.” William S. Burroughs, 1992 (yes, I’m aware of the irony).

control your gun.
no tongue
no touching
control your love
with a bullet.
let’s get trigger happy
together
send flowers
to your funeral.
send bullets signed:
sincerely,
the end.
(of you)

Wait.
17 minutes.
quiet. there.
someone just got shot
to death.
black kid probably.
not a person of use
to gun control advocates
NRA
feminists
his name
won’t be
in the papers.

don’t want to
get shot in America?
carry a gun at all?
(times)
never leave home?
(without a IIIA vest)

all Japan is an island.
an unarmed society
is a polite society.
the police carry
batons.
the criminals steal
bicycles.
totally implausible
you’d be shot.
maybe
groped.

if you want to feel
so safe
in America,
you had better start building
walls
writing
new constitutions
get better
police.
end poverty.
end drug wars.
well,
you know
that’s a lot of trouble
and you have
so many guns.

you could try asking nicely
for the police,
when a gun is aimed
at you.
they’re over there
busy
writing
parking
tickets.

maybe you would like
only criminals;cops,
to shoot people?
wait til you get shot
by a criminal/cop.
i won’t tell you
i told you so.
when you then buy a gun
or move to Japan
where you won’t need one.

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