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David Huddle: The NRA as the Official Mascot of the USA

“It’s been happening everywhere. I’ve always felt it would eventually happen here.”

–Santa Fe High School student Paige Curry


Good parents, you send your children to school

where as you now know there’s a fair chance 

a boy or a young man–maybe a classmate–

will kill them using freely available


weapons. Stupid is the word for a nation 

that enables this atrocity five times 

a month. What we know that evidently 

you don’t is that your elected officials 


make money from these shootings because we

pay them to let gun commerce flourish.

Ignorance makes America great–so cut 

school budgets, attack teachers, disrespect 


science and journalism. And send your children

to school–where it’s so easy to gun them down.

Copyright 2019 David Huddle

David Huddle’s ninth poetry collection, My Surly Heart, is available from LSU Press.

People hug as they attend a candlelight memorial service for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people on February 15, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. [Joe Raedle/Getty Images]

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