Disarming and Alarming

The Prez takes small, but real, action on firearms,
so the NRA sounds its alarm bells,
and GOP candidates promise to undo it —
in spite of most Americans supporting the measure.

When an armed crew takes over a wildlife refuge,
they’re met with polite distance by law enforcement,
in contrast to how on a regular basis police confront
unarmed Black protesters, citizens and bystanders.

North Korea claims it tested a hydrogen bomb.
Saudis try to heat up their cold war with Iran.
And every sane Republican wonders
how on Earth to detonate the Trump campaign.

As nations and the right-wing arm themselves,
and candidates seek to charm all of us,
new year’s news has ranged from disarming to alarming
—let’s just hope it’s all a little less harming.

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