Saturday, January 5, 2013

Poem: Why Does that Guy Have a Gun?

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Why Does that Guy Have a Gun?

Tranquil Sunday,

coffee shop in the suburbs,

folk music on the radio,

barista busy with lattes,

young man, mid 20’s comes in,

pistol on hip,

hung in a holster like

an old time western,

I wondered why,

so did a little boy giving him

the once over

before asking his dad,

Why does that guy have a gun?

but nobody asked the guy,

he got his coffee and left

like no big deal,

like I have the right,

like nobody can stop me,

like I don’t care if I just scared a little kid

who might have watched too much news

about little kids getting shot in a school?

I wondered about the law,

and whether it’s okay to carry a gun

on your hip in Ohio,

but I mostly wondered if its owner felt safer,

more in control,

ready for a shoot-out on Main Street

to defend his way of life,

his country,

his 2nd amendment rights,

on a tranquil Sunday

in a coffee shop in the suburbs

 of Ohio?

I found this on Wikipedia and it was news to me:  Ohio is a traditional open-carry state. The open-carry of firearms by those who legally possess the firearm is a legal activity in Ohio with or without a license. While legal, the practice is not common in urban areas and often results in police responding.   Various cases of harassment by police on those open carrying have been documented.   Furthermore one must have a concealed handgun license to carry a loaded handgun in a motor vehicle regardless of whether or not it is concealed.


  1. Powerful image. Inspired writing through the eyes of a child.

  2. Indiana is also an open carry state- as of a few years ago. One man created great distress at the local zoo and is now suing the city because security guards asked him to leave. A man was in the waiting room of a medical facility waiting for his wife with a gun in his pants pocket-not in a holster. It created great distress in the staff. How can our state legislators tell us that we must allow people with guns in our places of business and places of recreation?

  3. I appreciate both of your comments. I was surprised by my own reaction and quite upset when it was filtered through the eyes of the little boy. We can learn so much from children if we take the time to see the world through their eyes.

  4. This poem coupled with your words "we can learn so much from children if we take the time to see the world through their eyes" just hits the nail on the head. That experience would have scared me, and I can just imagine the feelings that the little boy must have been experiencing. We all need to consider our children, and their viewpoints, before acting. For if we all took our cues from these little angels, this world would be so much more compassionate.