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Marilyn
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0 posted 02-29-2000 03:57 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Marilyn

Michigan weeps today as innocence is lost. What have we come to? Seven year old children bring guns to school and shoot eachother. Isn't it time we ended the slaughter of our children? A six year old's life taken by a seven year old with a gun.


Bang!

The sound
rang out
as the
small
body
fell.

As if in
slow motion
to the
floor.
Blood
pouring
from
innocence.

Hope, dreams,
love, pouring
from a
gaping
wound.

The cause?
Innocence.

Six years of
life, taken
by one of
only seven.

Tell me
what purpose
guns serve?
© Copyright 2000 Marilyn - All Rights Reserved
Paul Hoekman
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1 posted 02-29-2000 04:03 PM       View Profile for Paul Hoekman   Email Paul Hoekman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Paul Hoekman's Home Page   View IP for Paul Hoekman

NONE

ABSOLUTELY

NONE

Having three young children
this brings a tear to my eye.
All I can think is "useless."
RufffRyder
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They say that if you take the guns away from the legal gun owners then the only ones with guns would be the criminals.
I say that the ignorant parents that leave their guns where a child can get ahold of them are just as much as a criminal as the ones that use them to hurt others.
My heart and prayers go out to the parents of both children.
Thank you for the read Marilyn.
Meadowmuse
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3 posted 02-29-2000 04:17 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

Good writing, but I ache in my heart and am sickened for why you were inspired to write it.

Claire
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4 posted 02-29-2000 04:19 PM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

None....none at all. My heart breaks and my eyes cry....this is so sad.
Beki
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5 posted 02-29-2000 04:24 PM       View Profile for Beki   Email Beki   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Beki

Your words are my own, such useless senseless tragedy. I work in a school and felt we were somewhat immune because we only go to 3rd grade...I guess we are not. My heart aches for that child, and for the families of both.
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6 posted 02-29-2000 04:28 PM       View Profile for Aimster   Email Aimster   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aimster

~Marilyn~

I ask myself this question all the time. I have to agree, the parents of these children are responsible. Seven year old kids have NO business being around or knowing how to use a weapon of any kind! That is my personal opinion. It breaks my heart the tragedies the parents, children, teachers, and this nation suffers because of ignorance! It also makes me extremely angry! For it is for no purpose, except that people can't take a little extra time with their kids. Two innocent children were hurt in Michigan. I say two because the seven year old who picked up that gun and used it...whatever childhood they had is GONE. I weep for both children's parents, that school, the state of Michigan, and for this whole nation. When will the VIOLENCE the STUPIDITY, and the HATE stop? Probably never  

Amy
P.S. Thanks for posting this...it was very powerful!

 ~Live today as though it were your last but prepare for tomorrow as though it were here~
Elizabeth Santos
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Very sad but powerful message, a trajedy well written.
Liz
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8 posted 02-29-2000 06:20 PM       View Profile for Mistikman   Email Mistikman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mistikman

Powerful poem Marilyn. Guns do very little other than harm. One of the kids in special ed. at my school got ahold of a gun and accidentally shot and killed himself earlier this year. sigh... when will parents learn?
Isis
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I agree sense a senseless tragedy.  The parents of the shooter are partly responsible, but look at the bigger picture.
There are too many guns far to easily accessable in the States.
In Australia we had the gun lobby and now only professional shooters, (ie gun clubs) and farmers/bushman etc are allowed to have guns.  The nation was in an uproar for a while but it seems to be working now.
Perhaps the united states should do something similar, how many more lives have to be lost this way before something is done?
Great work Marilyn  

 May the world hug you today,
With it's warmth and love.
I pray it whispers a joyful tune in your heart,
That tell you there is a friend sitting in another corner of the world,
Wishing you well and
wishing you love......
~Isis~
(Goddess - Sovereign of the Spirit)


Martie
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It is not the children, but the adults the children learn from and get guns from,
that you can blame for the explosion of a weapon from a small hand.  So sad and tragic and senseless.  
Danny Holloway
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I have to ask where a seven year old would get a gun.  The parents are the ones who should be held responsible, jail if necessary.  Carelessness by the parents killed this child, as it has many others.
Such a tragedy.
A sad poem and a sad day!
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None....absolutely none......senseless tragedy, in a place where our children should be safe....Very nice poem, so sad that it  ever had to be written.
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13 posted 02-29-2000 06:49 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

This is horrible. How did that child get a gun?
Nan
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There are no words adequate to do justice to such a travesty. Many lives are forever changed from that split second - an "innocent" act. Aside from the lost child, there is the second "innocent" one, now and forever branded a murderer. There are mothers and fathers, siblings, relatives and friends of both... Everyone loses.... Everyone

God gave to us His Cherubim
To grace us on this mortal shore.
That golden heart and smiling face
Bestowed on us eternal Grace;
An angel now at Heaven's door
Bequeathed to Him our Seraphim




[This message has been edited by Nan (edited 02-29-2000).]
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15 posted 02-29-2000 07:56 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Marilyn~
This was a senseless tragedy, as are most involving such young innocents.  This one grabs our attention and our hearts.
Your poem tugs at our hearts.

The rampant gun violence in America has reached epidemic proportions and involves the senseless taking of lives of every age.

The gun advocates want us to believe that ONLY the parents are to blame for not being responsible enough to keep the firearms from children.  They continue to attempt to make the gun PURCHASER the only guilty party.  They continue to hawk their wares because we, as a voting society, permit it.

The next election we need to ALL look at the voting records, in regards to gun control efforts, of those we elect.  It's all there in the voting records.

We must all share the blame for not STANDING UP AND BE HEARD AT THE POLLS.  We must all share the blame when we 'allow' all-powerful lobbiest groups to 'pay'(as in 'bribe')
for the right to sell their goods.

God knows we all wish it didn't happen.
Reality is ... it did.
Reality is ... what will we do about it?

Thank you, Marilyn, for bringing this to our attention. Maybe we can make a difference.
Write your Senators and Congressmen/women and check their individual voting records.
~*Marge*~


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wildbill58
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the usefullness of a gun is its ablilty to fire bullets,nothing more,nothing less.the usefullness of some parents is in question here.
hoot_owl_rn
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Wow Marilyn, I've spoken out enough times on this subject that I guess you know my feelings on this on. What a sad, but powerful piece of work. When will the killing end?  
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Having a granddaughter who will be 6 in April and a nephew who will be 5 in May, this tragic incident really had a shocking effect on me, more so than if I didn't have little ones like this to relate it to. It doesn't seem to matter anymore what age, the location of the school, the demographics of the neighborhood, this senseless tragedy is happening everywhere. Why, indeed. It makes no sense. My granddaughter, Nicole, was threatened by a class mate a couple of months ago...he said he was going to bring a gun to school and shoot her and everybody else....she told the teacher who told her to be quiet and don't say such things. Needless to say my daughter called the school. I don't know if anything was done...I sure hope so....such threats cannot be disregarded, even if they come from the mouth of a five year old. Parents must become more responsible. The ones in Michigan are possibly going to be prosecuted for this tragedy according to the latest news announcement. As they should be. This is a very sad day for Michigan and for our nation. Also for everyone involved. So many lives will never be the same. One little girl will never grow up either. Tragic.
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I weep with Michigan.  But I also VOTE,and
so must we all.  This simply CANNOT go on.
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Well, people shoot each other on tv, shoot each other in the movies, kids shoot each other in Cowboys and Indians, Cops and Robbers, emulate Billy the Kid and Al Capone....what can one expect from a society that idolizes violence? Excellent thoughts, Marilyn.
Tara Simms
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This is horrible what happened today.  The article I read at the MSN site said that the child had the gun in his pants.  The shooting occurred at 10 am.  How is it that a small child can have a big gun in his pants for two hours and the teacher doesn't notice?

There are so many things that went wrong here.  A stolen gun, recovered too late, the child who got access and toted it to school.  His parents didn't notice, the teacher didn't notice.  Now a little girl is gone forever.
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Sensless......Never ending.  Sad and far to real.  God help us all  

 There are two kinds of pedestrians...the quick and the dead. Drive it like you stole it.

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Never can I understand why
Never can my heart be silent
Never will the pain go away
Never will I have my child hold a weapon
Never will I give up the fight against
Never
Your poem is done well and with such passion



 The ability to describe life with words is similar to painting a picture; both can be powerful tools.

Michael
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The nation weeps...We all weep.
This was such a tragic event.
Indeed, "what have we come to"
Powerful poem, Marilyn.
Anguish is evident in your words.

Michael
 
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