The Opposite of a Gun is Wherever You Point It

The best poem about gun violence
The best poem about gun violence
The best poem about gun violence

Two years ago, I wrote about the Las Vegas massacre that left 50 people dead and over 500 injured when a white man with an arsenal of guns rained bullets on innocent concertgoers. In that post, I lamented the lack of action by politicians as gun violence increases by the day. Two years and hundreds of mass shootings later, I’m not sad, I’m f*cking pissed. Pardon my unladylike language, but this is my honest truth. I’m pissed off that white supremacists aren’t labeled as the true terrorists they are and that they’re consistently given the freedom to murder as many civilians as they want while American politicians sit idly by. Climate change is obviously the greatest threat to the world population, but gun violence is the constant peril in America. Over the past week, three mass shootings have occurred by three white men who had access to murder weapons, which they used on blameless people. People going to food festivals. People going to Walmart. People going to restaurants and bars.

The killer who shot innocent immigrant people in El Paso drove hundreds of miles to hunt and slaughter nonwhite civilians who he despised for no other reason than his own racism and xenophobia. He wrote a manifesto that cited Tr*mp’s many racist statements about “immigrant invasions” and other bigoted attacks– white supremacist claims that are perpetuated at his rallies (see this rally where he asked, “How do you stop these people?” and a crowd member responds, “Shoot them!”). The El Paso murderer was inspired by Tr*mp’s hate-filled rhetoric and the history of white people believing they are superior to nonwhites in the USA. And we can’t talk about gun violence or mass shootings without acknowledging that they are both products of white supremacy and toxic masculinity. So long as white men are allowed to be violent, racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, and angry, America will continue to see innocent people killed at preposterous rates. The entitlement that toxic masculine men (primarily white men) feel is directly tied to outrageous amount of mass shootings that occur mostly in the USA. America’s fatal mixture of white nationalist men + weapons of mass murder + lobbyist-bought politicians is the reason why children can’t go to school and people can’t go to movies, churches, malls, restaurants, banks, grocery stores, festivals, concerts, clubs, bars, or any other public setting without the contagious fear of being shot to death. America has made an idol out of its beloved second amendment and gun supply and now the rest of us are at risk of being killed on a daily basis.

I know at this point I’m severely rambling, but it’s because I’m so ridiculously angry that people can sit by and watch innocent people be murdered every day without any change. America was built on white supremacy– on the backs of enslaved people, the genocide of indigenous people, and the perpetual struggle of immigrants, while white men and women held themselves in the highest esteem. Even though society has supposedly progressed over the past four centuries, we are no closer to equality or a better humanity than when the slave-owning Presidents wrote the Constitution. And until America reckons with what it has done to countless nonwhite people over the hundreds of years, nothing will ever change. White men will continue murdering masses of humans because of their racism and bigotry and we will be forced to continue living through it. Politicians like Tr*mp, M*tch McConnell, and the entire GOP will keep taking lobbyist money from terror groups like the NRA and they’ll never ever enact any real gun reform laws. The US government would like its citizens to believe that radical groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda are the worst threats to Americans, but the group of terrorists that we should fear the most is racist, misogynistic, white men inspired by the likes of Tr*mp, Fox News, Turning Point USA, and every media member and politician who has demonized and marginalized Brown and Black people. White supremacy is the evil that’s homegrown in American soil (as seen at every single Tr*mp rally) and until that perpetuated belief is defeated, no one in America will ever be safe.

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