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A poem, why we must take another look at gun control

Updated on August 5, 2013
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I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

When are we going to take a stand?

What has happened to our world? Where did we go wrong?

Perhaps it started in the seventies and eighties when we listened to the hippy songs

I think it happened much later

When we stopped caring and decided there were no wrongs

We stopped caring about our neighbors who lived just down the street

We became so busy

We didn't even look up to speak

Anyone can buy a gun, it's so easy to do

Just show the gun dealers cash

And a deal is surely to go through

They care nothing about the innocent life they may kill

It's that image

Of the mighty dollar bill

We must as a nation take another look at gun control

Too many are dying

Leaving a gaping bullet hole

The answers are not easy as hunters love to hunt and kill

Innocent animals who suffer

From the hunter's thrill

But the carnage has grown much deeper they now want to kill our precious children

It's up to we citizens of America

To bring an abrupt end

To heroic seekers who want to be remembered

Mental illness must be considered

They are sick

And we must look at that aspect again



The children of the bloody massacre have all been laid to rest

Leaving a hole deeply embedded to all who was sickened by this vile sadistic hatred of our very best

Will we now admit that military guns that shoot a hundred rounds

Should be banned from the public, and gun shows be shut down

The NRA is powerful, its' gonna take the people to stand and say, " no more "

It's a proven fact that the only ones who want to keep the weapons are criminals who kill and love the heartbreaking bloody gore.



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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Susan. Happy to see you again. God Bless.

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Great share always exploring. Voted up.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rolly. I know. The shooting in Texas is another reason to do something. Such a waste. I wipe away tears too when i think of the twenty little children who were murdered sitting in school. How many more before the government steps in, but the opposition is powerful. Thank you so much for coming to visit..Blessings++

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Ruby... I wipe the tears away as I revisit this horrible tragedy that has left us all with such an empty feeling. Lives lost all because of a stupid senseless act. What could have been going through his mind. How sad and even today again I hear of another shooting in Texas. Lost for words...

      Blessings from Canada

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Elena, I am so glad you agree, so many do not. I am more than hopeful that President Obama will try his best to take the assault weapons off the streets and make it more difficult for criminals to purchase guns and the mentally ill, what to do about those poor souls. They must be put some place where they can't hurt anyone. They need treatment, but they have been turned out on the street here, such a shame..Thank's again. I have missed you. Hope you are well. Good to have you back...

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      I am glad you wrote this Ruby. We need to keep on raising awareness until something effective is done by the government.

      Best Wishes.

      Ps. Sorry haven't been online a lot recently. xx

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Leslie. I agree. Sharing gets the word out there. I like Google+ and i will share all of your hubs because they are important. Thank you. I read your last hub and you took some hits. I am sorry that cruel people say cruel things. They are ignorant and full of hate. God speed my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Peg, Geez i didn't mean to stir a hornets nest, but i have to go with my heart. Thank you....

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      hi, Ruby..just stopping by again to share this awesome poem 'around'..

      I'm really starting to get on this mantra that we need to share each other's work more - especially stuff that could have impact on the world - if seen! If we keep all these wonderful words, thoughts and ideas to ourselves - it's both selfish and NOT doing what we want to do, which is change the world..(of course..lol)..

      i've always 'shared' with hubbers - but my goal for 2013 is to share, share, share..google, pin, and twit...er...twat?..whatever..LOL..

      This is more than worthy!

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Wow Ruby. You really got people going with this deep poem.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Beckie, I know how you feel, it's easy to lose hope in our country when there is so much push and shove, not doing their jobs. Some act like we work for them instead of them working for us. When i wrote this i was so upset. Maybe something will be done to keep this from happening again, sometimes i doubt it. Thank you so much..Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello healthylife2, Your comment is so uplifting to me, some disagree. It is too dangerous to have assault weapons in the hands of the mentally ill. I hope soon they will be banned. Thank you for an intelligent comment.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Bravo my friend. You have written a heartfelt honest plea. I must admit to losing some hope in the great USA of ours as of late.

      Great write. Voting up and sharing

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Excellent job expressing the fact that it is no longer possible to ignore the gun control issue. After the tragedy in Newtown it is impossible to refuse to make a change in the gun control laws. The legislative intent was to give people the right to protect themselves against the government. That reason no longer exists and the government has nuclear weapons anyway and no one insists we should have them to arm ourselves. Weapons that can shoot 40 rounds in under five minutes should not be in the hands of individuals since we can't monitor the mental stability of everyone. Either way your words inspire people to finally face this issue. Voted up!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martie, So happy you came back. Guns only kill, whether it's a person or an animal, i dislike both. I do hope that humanity will someday reach a level that we all love each other and support all beliefs of mankind all over the world. Thank you Dear one..

      Lot's of love and hugs..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello girishpuri, Nice to see you again. We agree. Thank you...Cheers.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      I do agree with you, Ruby. We SHOULD not need guns; we should live and let live, respect each other and their belongings, properties, believes, and, and, and; we should not have a single reason to use a gun, or any kind of deadly weapon.

      Will humanity ever reach this level of civilization?

      Hugs galore to you :)

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      We must look into that aspect gain, A very much thought provoking hub.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Presetio, You say that it is illegal to have a gun in your country, yet the criminals have them, that leaves the law-abiding citizens without protection. Who knows what is wright. I am hoping and praying that a solution can be reached. Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Toknowinfo, I fully agree with your take on gun control and mental illiness. I feel strongly that we must take another look at Assault weapons and the severity of mental illiness, no longer can they be allowed to be on the streets, they must be institutionalized for the safety of all citizens. Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Epi, We have 14 inches of snow,Burr..I can almost hear Goerge strumming his guitar by the fireplace. Give him my love and plenty vodka to keep my man warm. Wishing you peace and happiness..

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring poem. Great topic selection. Gun's ownership in my country is illegal. But, I still found the gun sold in black market for crime action. I know that US is a free country for gun. But the owner should use the gun wisely to protecting their selves in dangerous situation. Of course, they must obey the rule. I hope there's no more killings anymore. So, we can live in peace. Ruby, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

      Prasetio

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      Thank you for writing this piece. There is much to be done for mental health in our country, and there is just as much be done to stop semi automatic guns in our country. In an ideal world, all mental illness would be cured. In reality, this is not possible. In an ideal world only good guys would have guns. In reality, this is not true. So we need to find a compromise between these things that protects us all, and gives our children the privilege of growing up in a world that has less trauma and more love. The priorities of our country need to be looked at more closely for sure

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Happy Boxing day Ruby at lake erie time 3:59pm Canada where I just returned from my walk through a blinding snow storm on the lakeshore road here and George Jones is back here strumming his

      gee-tar by the fireplace still missing you (I always miss you)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rosemary, sorry i am late. Thank you. I fully agree with your thoughts. I had a great Christmas., i know you did to. Wishing you the very best in the coming year. You are a dear friend.. Cheers.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I saw this the other day Ruby but was reluctant to come and read it, I was still angry and upset after what happened. Certainly the violence has gone too far and something desperate needs to be done. It is all too easy for people to lay the blame on someone... something else. As billybuc said in his hub its about time people took responsibility for their own action and the actions of their children.

      Have a good Christmas my friend and all the best for 2013

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello xstatic, You will love Epi's piece on the toilet plunger.LOL Cheers my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ed, I do agree there are sick minds and when a parent knows this and does nothing, they should be held accountable, but i will never agree that we need assault weapons in the hands of civilians. Do hunters need a gun that's rapid fire without pulling the trigger the second time? If i had my way, no animal would ever be killed. I am an animal rights activist and that will never change. Thank you for voicing your opinion again..Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ricky, I agree. As parents we must demand that the military guns be removed from the market place, where any deranged person can purchase them fo enough money. The gun shows care nothing about our kids, just the bucks, and we must do more for mental health. I believe violent videos should be looked at again. Most kids can watch them with no problems, but the unstable can snap. Thank you..Cheers my friend..

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Epi has the right idea with that toilet plunger thing, can hardly wait to read it!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      HaHa Epi, I just read your piece on toilet plungers. Hilarious. Thank you so much for being my friend. We think so much alike. We only want the best for all people. I saw on the news today, hunters, Dads are turning their guns in. Maybe in time everyone will see how bad the assault weapons are. Best wishes my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello gregoriam, Thank you for coming back. Cheers my new friend..

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Ruby I have to ask , what good does it do to creat MORE gun laws when the real problem is the psychological developement of these teen age monsters , when the real problem is a timebomb in a bedroom hidden in the pale light of a computor screen fed of a twisted and deviant media , from all to see !,except mommy who brings him his meals and clean clothes but never gets help for a twisted mind . A timebomb waiting to go off ! And no laws are going to change that . Laws are for those who obey them and them only! The solution is going to take way way more dialog than 'lets make another law ".It all starts with parents at home !And with that monster thats going to use whatever he can get his hands on WHEN he dicides to hurt another person or child !Most the posts here are looking for easy answers that can quickly absolve them of thier guilt in a society that doesnt understand the deviant heart and mind !........respectfully ....Ed

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Ruby, voted up and all across but funny. Powerful words my dear. This terrible incident touched the hearts of all parents and I can only imagine what the families are dealing with. It is truly so sad. I hope something is done with policy but guns will still get in the wrong hands from time to time. As parents, I believe we have to step up. I really think it starts with mom and dad. Secondly, we have to look at mental health. We have to be able to see this coming before it happens and eliminate the problem. Any way you look at it, it will be hard. Love your message and I agree 100%. Ruby, just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and bless you and all your loved ones my friend.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Well Ruby my dear you know me - I say - make love not war but unfortunately guns are with us to stay until the last man standing - I may sound cynical but it's true - personally I think they should get rid of all guns and replace them with toilet plungers (which just gave me an idea - look for this one as written up today -lol)

      I love your heart Ruby - your passion - your sincerity - and I just love you - you are my gift 365 days a year - that is the true meaning of Christmas - and I am here to send you warm holiday wishes and continued good health, happiness and prosperity for you and your family 365 days a year - lake erie time 8:54am with 2nd cup of coffee and the sun over the lake (which is your smile)

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      Deninson Mota 4 years ago from East Elmhurst, NY

      My pleasure Ruby @always exploring.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello gregoriom. Nice to meet you. I see that we agree. We must stop these ungodly murders of our children..Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Xstacic, I do agree with you. God is different to many people, may they worship as they believe. I am with you every step of the way. We must have control over the likes of the NRA. We must stand and demand a change, and it is coming. We have a president who will not bend.. Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ruchira, Thank God for you and all people who see that Assault weapons are wrong and must be removed to the general public. Cheers my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Ed, Because i love your poetry so much, i am not going to get mad at you. We differ in our beliefs. Enough said..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Honey BB, I couldn't agree with you more. Poeple who love to kill animals should be watched closely. They have no compassion. Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Suzzycue, It sickened me too. Hopefully we will see a drastic change in gun laws. Thank you..Cheers.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You must know that i disagree with your statement. To kill an aminal is a sin and anyone who does this should be ashamed. There might have been a time when people were so ignorant that they killed little animals to eat, that time is past. I'm sure you know about free food to any who needs it. I seriously doubt that anyone needs the government to feed them, that's what is wrong with this country, everyone wants a free ride, yet they hate our president, but willingly take everything offered..Enough said..

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      Deninson Mota 4 years ago from East Elmhurst, NY

      Guns are being misused and by the wrong ppl. They gotta make stronger regulations on gun control and must be done now "ASAP" this has been one of the saddest tragedies my eyes have seen and I don't need to live to see another tragedy like this one caused by a madman going around carrying an illegal weapon. WE NEED TO STOP THIS NOW.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Did not say it was okay, just that if he had had his handy assault rifle, he could have killed a bunch of kids instead of wounding them. The fact is a good one it seems to me. None died. Happy Xmas to you also, Jim.

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Xstatic , I cant believe what you just said ! About the chinese school stabbing , Are you serious my friend ? So school killings or assaults are okay as long as you use a knife . How about a propane tank and a match ? Or maybe just poison thier food just a little bit ? How about this ?.......Strangle them with the seat belt on the school buss' , oh yeaa ! There aren't any on busses are there a ! Please because YOU dont have a use for a gun,.... doesn't allow you to not think before you jump to over emoting in the place of reasoning ! ........Merry Christmas my friend .....Ed

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      I am with you always exploring. It is too easy to get guns today, kegally or illegally and no one outside law enforcement or the military has a reason beyond whim for having an assualt rifle and or oversized magazines, let alone body armor. Ammo sold on the net is ridiculous too as far as I'm conerned. Since we do not all worship the same god in this country, it will be a little difficult to put god into schools again. I do not want a national religion, I want soem rational decisions on guns.

      Some disgruntled Chinese citizen went into a school there and stabbed 22 children. Not one died. A Bushmaster assault rifle would have made his madness a killer's success.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Ruby,

      You spoke the truth and in such a short and discreet manner.

      Gun control gotta start now before it is too late. The catastrophe lies within us and we got to identify it...NOW!

      voted up as awesome and sharing it across

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Always Exploring , As I read this hub I said to myself , no , I'd better not comment on this one . I will go off on a rant or something . But here goes , my friend ,Gun control is already here ! There are more laws , rules , regulations and reasons to not even bother going near buying a gun to start with today . America as we know, is a nation of laws, our entire constitutional foundation was built upon them ! There is nothing we can do in America that isn't crossing the borders one one law or a dozen more at any given time . Like everything else we do , buying a gun or owning one that was passed down to you cause many laws to be affected . Don't go near a courthouse , don't carry one on a air plane or a train. Don't shoot them within city limits , or carry a loaded one in your truck . Heres one for you , as a deer hunter you can't have more than five bullets in your rifle or handgun while hunting . You cant have it loaded in a vehicle , God forbid you get caught leaning a loaded rifle agaist the tailgate of your truck to put your hunting boots on ! Thats illegal ! That would mean technically that you have a loaded gun on or in your truck! Gun Laws are already here , gun control is already here ! What isn't here though is people control , impulse control , out of control teenager control , illicit drug use control! Or mental health control . And you allready know that there are no mental health control laws out there . You were a nurse correct , how about passing out drugs for patients , there are laws and regulations for that too. Do they get broken ? Yes of course they do . There lies the problem ! Impulse control. Next , our legal system , the courts , the defense attorneys , judges soft on crime . I guarentee you if you robbed a bank tomorrow with a gun and two friends helped you , that it would be plea-ed down from armed robbery , to something far less if you turned on your friends and gave evidense against them. ! You might not even serve time if you had a previously "clean record '. Even though you carried a gun ! As a nurse you must also have dealt with mental health patients . How was that done , they are kept for a period of time for "observation " and turned loose to a loved one , or the street , where you just shook your head and said what ?!....Gun control ? We need stupid people control , and nothing more ! There are loop holes in everything to do with laws . The governor of your state has more protection than your grandkids in school , what about that ? Hell he's got body guards , your grandchild child doesn't even have a seat belt on his big yellow school bus !Whats with that ? I guess we have to agree to disagree as to where we go now , we have huge problems in our culture , gun control is but one small one . .......Merry christmas my friend !......ed

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      You need to consider that not everyone who owns guns is out there playing cowboy. There are people who hunt their food here. Many would not eat everyday if they had to buy their food. The gas prices have caused the food to skyrocket. Most of the people who hunt do not hunt because it is fun, they hunt to eat. If people did not hunt in this part of the country, the deer population would grow so large that they would starve, sicken and die terrible deaths. Keeping the population down ensures that there is plenty for them to eat.

      I am so upset that this has happened and deplore that these people did not get the mental health care that they needed. The majority of the people shooting others have been mentally ill. That is the biggest part of the problem. If they banned guns, only the law abiding would not have guns. That has been proven in other countries. The bad guys still have theirs in countries where they have been banned.

      Controlling who buys these assault weapons is one important way for these problems to be addressed but their is also the issue of people not being able to get mental health care. They need to make it a little easier for people to be forced to take their meds also. Many go off their meds and with the laws the way they are; their families and friends cannot make them take them. Their is no recourse for these families except to prove that they are a danger to themselves or others. They have to do something to make that easier to do. They may not be a danger with their meds but when they quit taking them and drop out of touch, the families can't know when they are becoming dangerous.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Xavier, I'm sure our founding fathers would be in tears if they knew how far we have come as a nation. So many in the political arena have their pockets lined with money from those who want more guns, not less. Maybe if enough of us will stand, we will see a shift in thoughts of gun control.Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Sunnie, The only people who should have assault weapons are the military and law enforcement. You are so right about mental illness. It is a disease that is hidden due to shame and ignorance. We as a nation have never done enough for the mentally ill. Maybe now we will see the need. Thank you my friend..

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ruby, you so put the nail on the head and wrote it in prose. This story sickened me as I looked at each and every face on the front of AOL 'S page, when they buried them. My heart cries for something to be done so this didn't happen in vain. God Bless Their Families.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Debbie, Maybe if enough people will demand a change, it will matter. Thank you Dear..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Nell, The problem is we still have 1800 century cowboys who love to shoot at anything that moves. Your opinion is welcome here anytime. You make a lot of sense. Thank you..Cheers.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Audrey, We will never ban them, but we can make it harder to purchase a gun. Thank you my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Chris, I am in total agreement with your comment. I know there will always be people who get a thrill when killing animals ( which i hate ) The mentally ill for some ungodly reason want to kill children. Tha NRA is powerful here in the USA. The only way we are going to beat them is to stand up and shout until we are heard. Thank you. I'm glad it's difficult to get a gun in England..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vinaya, Your country is smart. We could learn from them. I hate guns. We must do something. Thank you..

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      Honey Halley 4 years ago from Illinois

      This brings up important points that need further investigation. I also think about the animals that are killed for sport. It's sad to think people have become too busy to recognize what is going on in the world. Thanks for sharing. This is the eighth hub I have read in 26 today honoring the Sandy Hook victims. I read this hub in memory of Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06, female

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      Xavier Nathan 4 years ago from Isle of Man

      What happened is indeed very sad but sadder still is that it keeps happening and the people of your country are helpless in the face of big business to really do anything about it. America is no longer the land of the free but hopefully someday like the founding fathers of your great nation once did you will rise up and overthrow those who would keep you enslaved that they might continue to prosper. Thank you Ruby.

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Very thought provoking prose Ruby and yes we need to look at all sides earnestly and very thoughtfully, considering the utmost important thing, the safety of our children. Mental illness has always been taboo to talk about and while we have made great strides, some families hide it but it is time to look at it with a fine tooth comb, helping the broken system, assist families who have no idea what to do. The stigma that goes with mental illness has to be addressed so that people can get the help they need. In the mean time we need to address the gun control but honestly I have no idea where to go with this one...What does a citizen need with an assault rifle anyway? Protection is one thing but my goodness..I don't get that one..

      Thanks

      Sunnie

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Oh wow you are so right my friend.. so sad this happens over and over.. some thing has to be done

      Thank you for writing this wonderful hub and poem.. we all need to look at what we can do .....

      God Bless you

      Merry Christmas

      Sharing

      Debbie

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Ruby, after watching the nightmare on tv a thought popped into my mind, I don't live in America so maybe I shouldn't really have an opinion, but I did think to myself that we are not living in the 1800's back in the wildwest, back then it was necessary to carry a gun for safety, but this is the 21st century, surely the guns should have been put away at least a century ago as old fashioned and no longer necessary, just a thought. its strange to think of America having guns like this in a modern world, I watched the service on tv today, so sad. just wrote this and then noticed the comments above, seems like we agree too.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thought provoking piece Ruby! I would ban them personally. But I doubt that will happen--I hope we go further this time in controlling them in any case

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      Scarface1300 4 years ago

      Hi Ruby. Your poem makes people think. It is not for me to say whether guns should be banned in the USA but when I hear somebody say that it is everybodys right to own a gun I can only say it is also everybodys right to life. I am very happy that we cannot buy guns in Britain without extreme licensing but we do also have shootings in this country. I do not see personally why anyone would want to own a gun in this day and age as I thought the west had already been won and it was no longer a wild wild west. I think if you buy a car it is for a reason, to drive so I can only presume that this is the same motivation for gun toters. We are never going to rid the world of maniacs and mental cases and if someone wants to create havoc they will usually find a way but I feel that making it harder for them to get their wares may be a step in the right direction. My heart goes out to the families of this horrible act. God bless................. Chris

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Ruby,

      We have seen enough during the civil war. I'm glad Nepal government does not allow guns for civilians.

      Merry Christmas a very Happy New Year.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Hyphen, I agree. Mental illness is just a disease like cancer or diabetes. We must change our thinking. but we must do something to stop the carnage. I see these precious children's funeral daily. It is heartbreaking. Thank you for lending your voice for change. God bless you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Gypsy, I wish i had a solution. I saw today that men were turning in their assault weapons, saying, " I no longer need this. " Maybe that's a start. Thank you for voicing your concerns.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike, I agree. The first thing we do is give a child a drug when they are hyperactive, this is wrong unless they are violent, then they should be institutionalized for treatment and observation. I know we will never remove all guns from people. I am not advocating that, just the assault weapons. Thank you my friend..

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      You wrote this poem very well Always Exploring. The issue of mental illness is one that people still shy away from and causes great social problems. We need many changes. Bless you friend.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up. I just don't know what is right anymore. Perhaps psychological tests before buying weapons, then again what about all the illegal weapons out there etc. etc. I sure hope a solution can be found because I just don't want to hear anymore about such awful things especially innocent children getting shot. Passing this on.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      A tough reality to deal with for sure when the wrong people get guns in their possession, and when they are used as a way to weild such insanity that has caused all of these kinds of tragedies. I is truly a shame, and maybe gun control can help, but it will not fix the mentally ill.

      This is a chemically dependant nation for the most part, beginning at infancy, and leading all the way through till old age, processed foods is the start and then all the other drugs being pushed on us in other ways. So its easy for a mind to become subdued today into such a negative condition (Broken & screwed up psyche), as well as all the psychotic subliminal messages we do indeed receive through all forms of entertainment, music, media, movies, etc...

      You poem fits right into the puzzle sort to speak, and I commend you Ruby on taking a stand here digitally and calling for all folks to stop and think about it if anything, and to seek real change we all do need, for a much more safer life overall. Thumbs up and out!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martie, I agree with your assessment of the mentally ill, i disagree with your outlook on guns. What civilian nees an assault weapon? NONE. Thank you for coming to express your opinion. Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna, Wayne didn't return. He has no defense against the public use of assault weapons. The only authorization for use should be the military and law enforcement. I think we will soon see this enacted. Many of the GOP members are advocating this action. Thank you Dear lady..Cheers

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      To have a gun or to not have a gun - what a controversial topic, with just as much pros as cons...

      FACT is: The mentally ill, the potential criminal, SHOULD be identified at an early age and treated! Shame on those parents allowing their children to develop criminal tendencies. Surely no person turn into a murdered overnight. Even an ignorant parent is able to recognize evil in their children. Why not seek professional support in time?

      Sorry, my dearest, Ruby, but I honestly don't believe we should blame this tragedy on the availability of guns. There are many ways to kill a bull; the mentally ill will always find a way...

      Thought provoking hub, voted up and to be pondered.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I hope I’m not butting in, but wanted to leave this comment for Wayne.

      What is missing is awareness and respect. I happen to support the 2nd Amendment, but I think we’ve gone far beyond this in scope with aggressive guns and assault-type weapons readily available at trade shows with no background checks, on the streets, through black markets and blind Internet purchases. (And I’m not counting the stock piles of ammo that can be acquired just as easily.) Thank goodness there are gun owners who are very responsible, and are very aware. You’re one of them. But, and this is a huge “but,” what about other people who aren’t? I don’t think we will ever be able to fully control this – any more than what could have been in place to stop this 20 year-old sick animal from gaining access to an array of aggressive weaponry that was legally acquired by his mother who happened to be a gun enthusiast.

      And the answer is not “more guns.” Not in our society that is growing more angrily impulsive and fearful with each passing year, and has such a poor grade with regard to mental health awareness and support systems. I was appalled when someone on a talk show stated that they blamed the Newtown school system for not having guns in every classroom. What about the freedom and rights of those who don’t want to be required to use and store guns in their desks under lock and key? What’s next – the license to carry Bushmasters into malls, movie theatres and church pews for self-defense?

      This kid shot his way through a locked glass door, armed with enough ammunition to take out nearly every student in that school. And that is the problem that isn’t going to go away all on its own – it’s only going to get worse. So, I guess my question is, what do we do now?

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Wayne, All of your logic is so very familiar. I hear it from the far-right quite frequently.Everytime gun control is mentioned, abortion is brought to the forefront. That tactic lacks reasioning. There is no comparison. I believe women all over the world should have the right to choose, as for me, i could never have one, but i am not that poor woman with eight or ten hungry children to feed. I do apologize if you are not a gun toting Dude, your cowboy hat fooled me. Your point about Lizzie using a hatchet is absurd, yet again, there's no comparison. Guns are used in mass shootings. They must be taken off the streets. Oh yes, one more point you brought up about President Obama possibly becoming a tyrant, you undoubtedly have mistaken the years, George W can own that title. Many of us were in tears then..

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @always exploring....Your assumptions would be wrong on every count. I am not a hunter and I do not have any trophies on my walls...not even a bowling trophy. I am not a gun fanatic having never attended any gun shows (if that is the litmus test). I own a shotgun, two pistols (which I am trained and licensed to carry) and my dad's old .22 single shot rifle. The only moving thing I have shot at in decades has been a skeet clay, which I do not mount as trophies by the way. My point here is that deviate crimes such as this sick action are not rooted in the tool used. The Murray Federal building (Oklahoma City) did not come crashing down and kill all those people because some idiot had a gun. The family hatchet was just a tool for cutting a little kindling until it fell into the hands a sick little Lizzie Borden. How many things do you have to control with laws and how many rights do you have to take away to do it? You point out your right to campaign to take the guns....I agree with that but what if that right goes away because some other action took place which seemingly justified taking the action? The atrocity carried out in Connecticut could have also been accomplished with a couple of home-made pipe bombs. We have laws against those but it is still possible to make them. Lastly, unless we have stopped living in a country where it takes more than one person in the government to act, I seriously doubt that this president is going to take such actions....unless, of course, he decides to take on the role of tryant...that should'nt involve anyone's rights....right? Maybe it is time to ask ourselves what right we have to kill so many children in partial-birth abortion each year...who cries for them? ~WB

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Wayne, I have no doubt that you are among the many who kill animals and put them on your wall for decoration, you probably frequent gun shows. That is your right. My right is to do everything i can do to get guns off from the streets. We now have a president who will do just that. Your logic made no sense to me, sorry...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Leslie, You are like a breath of spring air, ban the bullets, what a fabulous idea. The nuts could buy every gun in the world, guess what? No bullets. Only you would think of this. I am laughing out loud. You made my day complete, although yesterday i was in tears. Thank you for always having my back. I have one coming that will try very hard to make his case. Pitiful, he dosen't know me. I am not easily persauded. Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Jan, I agree. We were a more gentle people. We were against a war that couldn't be won. We keep moving toward hostility at a fast pace. We now have an oppurunity to remove weapons thus making our nation a place where people will once again want to come here to live in peace and harmony. Thank you for joining the conversation..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martin, I know, bad poeple seem to always be able to get the necessary evil they desire. I have no solution, just a desire to see our country thrive again without violence. Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello teacherjoe, I do fully agree with you. God is the great healer. A vast amount of sociaty is malicious. When a porson has a mental condition and snaps, what are we to do? They must be institutionalized for their safety and ours. It must become more difficult to obtain a gun. Thank you...

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      As simple as it sounds, gun control is not an answer to mental issues of disturbed human beings. What after that...baseball bat control laws? double-blade axe control laws? straight-razor control laws? knife control laws? chain-saw control law?....where does it stop in terms of the symbolism of taking action? This situation is a function of mental illness at its roots. The guns employed were the tool. Next time, it may not be a gun...maybe a hammer. When a man enters a school with a hammer and no one else has a weapon, he is king and if his mindset is such, he will dominate and kill with his hammer. Had someone at that school been licensed to carry and alert to such circumstances, the gun could have been the tool that saved lives as well. Bottomline, there was no preparation for the acts of a mentally deranged person looking for targets of opportunity. He took the path of least resistance because he knew it was there. No doubt the situation is overwhelming and heartbreaking but disarming the citizens is not going to avert future tragedies carried out by deranged minds. ~WB

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar, When i think about your horrible experience with the nurse who went berserk in your workplace and the idea of her shooting you twice just scares the hell out of me. This could have happened to me when i was serving as the ADON and had to let people go, some became verty hostile and threatend me. We never know about people, but we make it so easy for a nut to buy a gun. This is what must be changed. Thank you my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello K J Page, I think you have hit on the most important aspect of this whole dilemma, assault weapons. Who needs them? They should be removed from open market. I also know there are times when a person needs to defend themselves from home invasions. It is such a complex problem. I wish i had a solution. I just know that the killings must stop..Thank you for voicing your opinion.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Kathi, You are so right, we get all upset when a terrible act is committed but soon forget and go on with our live's. This is too horrific to forget. We must do more as a nation to stop this carnage. Thank you for your input..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Amy, I watched the president tonight when he went to Newton, CT to comfort the families of the murdered children. It was heartbreaking. He said that we must change the gun control law. It is my belief that we will see a change, but we also need to do something about mental health. That is the most difficult it seems. We can enforce gun laws, but how can we know when someone is going to snap? Thank you my friend for coming to read. Your input is valuable..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill, I agree. We no longer feel pain for others who are suffering. I don't know the solution. This young man used his mother's guns, so he didn't purchase them, but still we must do something to stop there assult rifles from being in the homes. We must start treating the mentally ill. I believe the so-called gun shows should be outlawed. There is much to be done. Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello drbj, It is a somber time in America and chilling as you stated. Hopefully we will find a way to stop these horrible murders of our children. God knows we all want this. Thank you my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Kathleen, Your comment is short but powerful, if only we could..Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna, I for sure do not have a solution, but i know we have a problem that is affecting the lives of good people all over the world. I do know that the last five mass shooting's in the US have been committed by mentally ill people, what do we do when someone snaps. New gun control laws must be enacted. The NRA will spend millions to counter that. The congress must rise above politics and figure out how best to protect us. Thank you for your input..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello snakeslane, This hit me pretty hard. We all have children that we love in classrooms all over the world. It is time to enact laws that will keep these high powered weapon's out of reach for criminals and the mentally ill. Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello again debbiepinkston,Children have been watching violent videos for years and they turn out fine, it's the troubled child that goes overboard. Mental illness must be addressed more closely than ever before. Thank you for your input...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Jello jambo, Nice to meet you and i agree. We must change our gun laws. Thank you..

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Here, here! Bravo! Standing O! I have SO got your back(as you know..) I am enraged to still see people saying 'this isn't the time..blahblah' WHEN if not now? There are gun shows every day across the country where basically all ya have to do is show a drivers license and like you said - money!

      those who say we need to reign in the crazies - yeah - i agree, but - that ain't happening anytime soon, so - in the meantime could we at least make it a wee bit harder for them?

      Let's ban the bullets - thereby stepping on nothing (omg) constitutional...nothing 250 years old...nothing the least bit outdated...noooooo...lol..

      the nra will be 'dead' in the water with not a word to say if we go for the bullets! i believe obama will do it - 2nd term and all..he looked mighty perturbed..

      blahblah...lol

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      Janhorner 4 years ago

      You have hit the nail on the head my friend. I was born in 1951 and I can remember life very differently until the end of the 80's when things seemed to spiral out of control. Well said, voted up,

      Jan

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Sad, bad people tend to to do bad things. Even though drug are illegal, bad people easily get them. How do we stop bad people. We follow the laws created to stop them, but they are law breakers.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Curiad, We are not apart on out beliefs. We no longer include God in our daily life. We spend trillions on defence when we need so much here at home. We have taken God out of our life, oh people still go to church, but where is the love and compassion? Thank you for telling it like it is. God Bless out country..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike, We are the number one country with mass shootings. That should tell us something, yes you are correct, " We are going in the wrong direction. " Thank you for coming to read my rant about gun control. Cheers my friend..