TRIGGER

by Cadi Cliff

In response.

Troup County, January 26th 2015, 5

What is it about the rifle, the pistol, the Ruger 22?
Protection you can prop, old-school, by the front door
keep walking the perimeter of your picket fence
come on boy, let’s have some father son time

Tyrone, February 27th 2015, 8

What is it about America?
Youth and anger in a conflicted space
barrels loaded with the right to bear arms
welcome to this star-spangled warzone

Tulsa, March 30th 2015, 4

How is it so easy?
There’s no need to check your state of mind, sir
here’s a Glock 19 and a box of 20
have a good day

Phoenix, April 16th 2015, 5

How is this not a political issue?
The President sighs, parents call for change
but the NRA controls Congress, so we’ll bury another child
somehow it’s easier to buy bullets than painkillers

Waco, May 17th 2015, 9

What can we say to convince you?
You’ll blame it on mental health and racial tensions
before you look at the rounds on your bedside table
or your family weekends at the firing range

Charleston, June 17th 2015, 9

What is it going to take?
Time for the six o’clock news, dinner on the table
another shooting, please pass the salt
this has all become routine

Deer Lodge, July 6th 2015, 5

Houston, August 8th 2015, 8

Platte, September 17th 2015, 6

A constitutional right: the right to bear arms
against who?

Roseburg, October 1st 2015, 10

This is what you have become, America.
What the fuck is it going to take for you to say ‘enough’?

(Inglis, October 2nd 2015, 3)

Featured image: Map of 986 mass shootings since Sandy Hook, 2012.

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