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Augustine C. OhanweMonday, January 21, 2013
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THE GUN & THE FREEDOM (POEM)


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lthough itís better to die in the battle
for freedom than live in chains.
But can secured freedom impact a positive gain
if it becomes a loose cannon, refuses to be husbanded by reason
and to share the same roof with restraints?

With solid Bushmaster gun,
Adam Lanza wrote the obituary for twenty kids
and six adults at Sandy Hook elementary school,
and increased the fatality number by taking his own life
with a short gun Ė all in the country of the brave and free.

And in the headquarters of the Mormons
and Jehovah Witnesses, whose missionaries
troop into Africa in droves, distributing free Bibles
and religious tracts, but whose citizens are steeped
in romanticisation of firearms, and possess more guns than the Bible!

Sound of scary bang, bang, whiz, whiz, and rat-a-tat
have replaced the sermon of the tongue.

But freedom, that most superb and irrevocable of all the creatorís gift
which democratic constitutions have absorbed and endorsed,
does not preclude the liberty
to kill democratically Ė snuffing out the lives of all the genders, old, young,
and kids, under the banner of freedom or any other pretext whatsoever.

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