Saturday, May 18, 2019

Music Video: "Bang Bang Bang" sung by Tracy Chapman




Lyrics:

What you go and do 
You go and give the boy a gun 
Now there ain't no place to run to 
Ain't no place to run
When he hold it in his hand 
He feel mighty he feel strong 
Now there ain't no place to run to 
Ain't no place to run
One day he may come back 
Repay us for what we've done 
Then where you gonna run to 
Where you gonna run
But one fine day 
All our problems will be solved 
Bang bang bang 
We'll shoot him down
Give him drugs and give him candy 
Anything, oh to make him think he's happy 
And he won't ever come for us 
He won't ever come
But if he does 
And if there's no one else around 
Bang bang bang 
We'll shoot him down
If he preys only on his neighbors 
Brothers, sisters and friends
We'll consider it a favor 
We'll consider justice done
But if he comes for you or me 
And we can place a gun in his hand 
Bang bang bang 
We'll shoot him dead
What you go and do 
You go and give the boy a gun 
Now there ain't no place to run to 
Ain't no place to run
Now we'll all be at his mercy 
If he decides to hunt us down 
'Cause there ain't no place to run to 
Ain't no place to run
If he wants the chances that you took from him
Oh, and nothing that you own
Then there'll be no place to run to 
There'll be no place to run
And if he finds himself to be 
A reflection of us all 
Bang bang bang 
He'll shoot us down
Before you can raise your eyes to read 
The writing on the wall 
Bang bang bang 
He'll shoot you down
Before you can bridge the gulf between 
And embrace him in your arms 
Bang bang bang
He'll shoot you down

Songwriters: Clive Kenneth Scott / Desmond Dyer / Donavan L. Johnson
Bang Bang Bang lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Poetry: Bulletproof Teen


Here in America, we are teaching our children to "run, hide, fight". In essence, don't be a victim and fight back if you have no other option. This is making an expectation of our children to be heroes and martyrs -- to die so that others may live.  

That's one hell of an expectation to put on the shoulders of our children, at any age!

A junior at a Boston High School wrote this:

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Friday, May 10, 2019

"Guns Everywhere" Is Not A Solution

Well said... 

"Guns everywhere" is the dream of the NRA and the gun industry $$$$.  But that isn't the society the rest of us wish to live in.


Instead of making every place we go into an armed camp, let's instead address the root of the problem: pass commonsense laws to keep guns out of the wrong hands.

Let's make a new trajectory for our communities.