[Vision2020] Another Mass Shooting in America

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Fri May 27 05:13:53 PDT 2022

Another Mass Shooting in America

Author unknown

School shooting…x number of dead, x injured” is always used 
The thread is a weekly common report in the news 
Then the outpour of condolences come from everywhere 
Some asking questions, mad and sad and offering prayer 

‘Round here, a mass shooting seems to an ongoing theme 
It’s part of the 2nd Amendment and the American Dream 
While grieving parents in horror are left wondering why 
In harrowing pain when their babies senselessly die 

I survived a civil war but this shit is beyond comprehensible 
Lives are being taken away like they’re so dispensable 
Mental health and gun control are a big part of a broken system 
And in the aftermath all we ask, how could we have missed 'em? 

And it happens in the promised land, over and over again 
Gun violence and bloodshed seemingly have no end 
The world has gotten fucked up with flawed laws and legislation 
But the money flowing into deep pockets drives the narration 

It’s like a “God-given right” in the bedrock of the democracy 
“Life, liberty and pursuit of happiness” now sounds like hypocrisy 
When the lives of innocent children are hastily taken away 
The soul of our society slowly withers every single day 

‘Round here, the topic divides parties when people have bickered 
And if you mention gun control many get easily triggered 
You won’t believe how some get offended it’s like removing a limb 
Soon they’re up in arms and the situation gets more grim 

But these little boys and girls will never grow old 
It’s the same tragedy that gets told and re-told 
They never had a chance to share or lend their voice 
Pro-life ‘round here seems to mean removing their choice 

When the fuck will this end, how the fuck did we get here? 
As a father I sympathize with those parent’s worst fears 
What nightmare must they be going through today, tonight 
For the rest of their lives when their babies lost their light 

Tonight hold your children or grandchildren when they go to bed.
Hug them a little tighter with a kiss in their head 
Think of those heartbroken parents full of sorrow 
And pray for them because their pain will continue tomorrow.


Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .

"Moscow Cares" (the most fun you can have with your pants on)

Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho

“A stranger is just a friend you haven’t met.”
- Roy E. Stolworthy
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