A Shot in the Dark

A mass shooting in San Bernadino
is horrific, fatal, and shocking --
yet with over 300 mass shootings this year,
it's horrifically and fatally not shocking at all.

Just days before, a gunman in Colorado
killed three in an assault at Planned Parenthood.
And the right-wing responds with solutions
of more guns and fewer reproductive rights.

All of this in the shadow of Paris and Beirut,
terrible events that have somehow led
to blaming refugee families fleeing violence
and to a knee-jerk embrace of more military action
which promises more violence, but what impact?

And along the way, Republicans make sure
to never admit we have a gun problem in the U.S.

In guessing at motives, grasping at responses,
most lawmakers are taking a shot in the dark.
But maybe one step would be to take on guns
if we want to curb so many shots in the light.

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