Saturday Poem / Gun Culture

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BANG BANG YOU'RE DEAD

Said the five-year-old on the playground
To his friend
Two fingers pointing with feigned anger and intent

BANG BANG YOU'RE DEAD

You can blame the ill
The ghettos
The NRA

Look around.
It's bigger than that.

You can blame the video games
The toys
The drugs

Look around.
It's bigger than that.

You can blame the war
The Government
Even The Guns

Look around.
It's bigger than that.

Let's look at the equation
To solve the problem
Or try

Culture + Guns = GUN CULTURE.
This is the culture WE have created
This is the culture WE choose to live in
This is hate culture
This is rage culture
This is shoot-your-neighbor-in-the-face culture

Let's rewrite this equation
Get it right this time

Culture - Guns = ?

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Kelly Trumbull is a theater educator and actor who took part last month in the Community Arts Action for Gun Control event sponsored by Pittsburgh PACT at Bricolage. She lives in South Side.


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