Thoughts And Prayers

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about

Written during FAWM 2016.

This is a topic that's been pissing me off for a while. I finally found a way to express it.
I had been in a rut for almost a week, not liking what I was writing, but I had to take a break from marathon writing because I had a fever.... and then, there's yet another shooting, and what do you know, everyone is sending out their "thoughts and prayers"...

The lines I use in the bridge section are taken from news reports of actual shootings that occurred in January of 2016 in the US- thanks to the Parents Against Gun Violence group for putting those quotes together every month.

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According to a study using the World Health Organizations 2010 mortality data, comparing the United States with other high income countries, it was found that the gun homicide rate in the US was 25 times higher than in other high income countries.
The studies conclusion - “These results are consistent with the hypothesis that our firearms are killing us rather than protecting us.”
(“Americans are much, much more likely, to be killed by guns than people in other countries”, by Mark Berman, Washington Post, 2/3/16)

another shot rings out
just another child dead
and we all cry out
for another way

And all you can give us
Are these thoughts and prayers
Just cover up the grief
in these thoughts and prayers

nobody wants the solution
nobody wants to sacrifice
“it’s all just about our freedoms”
killing people is our way of life
Let’s make it easier
let’s bring out the big guns
let’s justify the reasons
for spending more money on more guns

And all you can give us
Are these thoughts and prayers
Just cover up the grief
in these thoughts and prayers

A kid rang my doorbell and ran away, so I shot him (Oklahoma, 1/1/16)
My son and I were arguing about the lottery numbers, so I shot him (Louisiana, 1/9/16)
My son jumped out and said, “Boo!” which startled me, so I shot him (Ohio, 1/12/16)
I left a folding chair on a public street to save my parking space, somebody moved it, so I shot him (Massachusettes, 1/25/16)
I saw a woman walking down the street and tried to flirt with her. She wasn’t interested so I shot her dead (Pennsylvania, 1/22/16)

In the land of the living
Changing minds
changing accidents
Keeping lies
That can’t make sense

another shot rings out
just another child dead

And all you can give us
Are these thoughts and prayers
Just cover up the grief
in these thoughts and prayers
And all you can give us
Are these thoughts and prayers
Just cover up the grief
in these thoughts and prayers

This study shows that the rate of suicides involving guns was 8 times higher in the US than other countries.
2 out of 3 gun deaths in the US are suicides.
(“Americans are much, much more likely, to be killed by guns than people in other countries”, by Mark Berman, Washington Post, 2/3/16)

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from Rising Dawn, track released June 3, 2016

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The Raygun Girls is a one man band creating Hard Rock for the Apocalypse, crossing genres with Metal, Goth, Industrial and Punk music. The sound has been compared to Rob Zombie, Killing Joke, Disturbed, and Prong.

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