Lawyers Guns and Money

in memory of s

dance interrupted
world saturated
with blood

“What am I going to tell 49 grieving families?” an emotional Senator Bill Nelson, Democrat of Florida, asked after the votes. “I am going to tell them the N.R.A. won again.”

You may remember the mandala, above, that I posted on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.  The haiku is from a past post about violence around the world, and how we often don’t even notice anymore.

It’s true, we can’t stop every shooter.  But we can stop some of them.  Many of them, in fact.  Who is the boss of you, Senators?

How do you sleep at night?

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old
Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
Cory James Connell, 21 years old
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old
Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old
Kimberly Morris, 37 years old
Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old
Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

For a chart of mass shootings in the United States, go here.

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22 responses to “Lawyers Guns and Money”

  1. merrildsmith says :

    The collage is beautiful–but the reason for it is so awful. Thank you for this post.
    I was listening to an NPR program yesterday on connections between mass shootings and domestic violence. The guest said that most mass shootings (defined by the FBI as more than 4 victims, I believe) took place in homes.

    Liked by 2 people

    • memadtwo says :

      I heard that someplace too. Shootings as a result of domestic violence are a huge problem. And most gun deaths in the US are suicides. That number could definitely be reduced with gun regulations.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Laura (Createarteveryday) says :

    Thank you, Kerfe. We no longer have a govt. by and for the people. “We” are by and for the corporation, bought and paid for. In most cases, with a few exceptions. I’m not telling you anything new, but I thank you for this post. Pretty sure no one needs an assault weapon to hunt or to defend one’s family. Why do they even exist, outside the military? I will never understand this. Are there 49 pieces to your collage? I tried, but lost count.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. memadtwo says :

    The boss of them is the NRA. Pure and simple. Unbelievable that all those 52 Republicans vetoed that bill. I’m sick over it.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. rivrvlogr says :

    VR headsets to make them experience the trauma. That’s what’s needed.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Lynz Real Cooking says :

    A wonderful and important post!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash) says :

    Incredible that our country is so lost and so many are so dangerously stupid. Wonderful tribute and thanks for putting the spotlight on what matters.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. teproleum says :

    From someone halfway around the world, I can understand the pain and frustration. My heart ached while I read the names of the victims. So sad.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Cathe says :

    Great post on such a troubling situation. Its endlessly sad that we as a country can’t move forward and continue to let these horrible events happen over and over. Politician, NRA…guilty and shallow shits. (Sorry)

    Liked by 1 person

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