Gun Sick America’s Nearly 200-Year-Old Unsolved Problem

On this 20th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, my thoughts go back two decades further… to that January 29, 1979 Monday when a not-so-sweet, sixteen-year-old girl [1] wielded the Christmas gift she had received from dear ol’ dad (a semi-automatic .22-caliber rifle), [2] trained its cross-hairs on San Diego’s Grover Cleveland Elementary School (located right across the street from her family’s home) and [3] fired off 30 rounds of ammunition.

By siege’s end, amongst the dead were Principal Burton Wragg and custodian Mike Schar… amongst the wounded were eight children and a policeman.

During this stand-off… no less… a San Diego Tribune reporter interviewed the shooter over the phone…  asked her why she was doing it?

Her flippant response…

“I just did it for the fun of it. I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day. I have to go now. I shot a pig, I think, and I want to shoot more. I’m having too much fun.”

Oh, btw… this shooter… sentenced 25 years to life… is up for parole this year.

Stunningly, even I can cite a gun incident… one that, c1971, went down within my own small, rural hometown High School. While our principal never made the details public, according to the student grapevine, one of our classmates had brandished a shotgun to hold nearly 30 students hostage for an entire afternoon. Fortunately, no shots were fired.

My web-search results report the deadly incidents go back… WAY. WAY BACK! Indeed, America’s gun-sick society has been the breeding ground for school shooters ever since the first known incident on November 12, 1840!

And be advised… Wikipedia freely acknowledges their lengthy list is far from complete!

That this carnage has been going down for nearly TWO FREAKIN’ CENTURIES… with no end in sight… makes American legislators’ negligence all the more egregious, shocking, appalling, horrendous, frightful, atrocious, abominable, abhorrent, outrageous; monstrous, unspeakable, unforgivable and shameful.

Forgive me for dumping practically the entire Thesaurus entry into this blog, but choosing only one of these words would not even begin to cover my sentiments when it comes down to a nearly 200 year long maiming and killing spree. Come to think about it… the 13 words I did use do not adequately do the job, either.

My God… nearly 200 years!




Warped Wayne’s World (One Quick Limerick #040)

WARNING: Normally my limericks are not so graphic. While I apologize, in advance, to my more sensitive readers, I think we can all agree that gun violence and the flat-out refusal of the powers-that-be to end it, are the far bigger obscenities here.


Wayne LaPierre is a dickhead, dense simp,
Far less evolved than the average chimp,
Ryan, McConnell and Trump,
Suck up to him, kiss his rump,
In Warped Wayne’s World, he’s their psychotic pimp!


Cast of Disreputable Characters:

Line One: National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive VP Wayne LaPierre Jr.

Line Three: (Reading from L to R) U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (who speaks only on behalf of gun nuts), U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (who only “dances” with LaPierre… i.e., only follows Wayne’s lead) and the so-called POTUS (who, in his high capacity of being the epitome of depravity, amorality and stupidity, can only lead America down the path to flat-out, societal ruin).


Related Bonus Limerick…

It may seem odd… but… in Warped Wayne’s World, there’s a sicko symbiotic relationship. Yep, it’s entirely possible for terrorist LaPierre to act in a dual (duel?) role… i.e. be both pimp and john. In his former role his “girls” are scared to death that he’ll beat them up politically should they ever fail to follow each and every one of his barked out orders… commands designed solely to satisfy that sociopath’s insatiable bloodlust. Yet, in his latter role, Wayne is akin to the sexual addict who pisses away billions of bucks while habitually frequenting his political whores.


Meet the political whores: Don, Paul, Mitch,
Wayne LaPierre: “john” and son of a bitch,
Those working “girls” turn the trick,
Suck on the NRA dick,
Wayne unloads wads of cash, makes his “girls” rich!


Setting all verses aside for a moment…

My heartfelt condolences to all of the surviving families and friends of each and every innocent, gun violence victim… all across gun-sick America and throughout our savage, terrorized world. To all the innocent folks who’ve been wounded… wherever you now try to piece your lives back together… you have my best wishes for the speediest, most complete recovery possible.


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