A Poem: “Not A Toy Story”


Guns in the U.S.

are getting out of hand.


Stricter regulations must be set, enforced.


Owning high-powered assault rifles

– capable of killing 5 police officers

in Dallas, Texas,

20 children

in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut,

or 49 people

at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida –

should be limited to only those who

graduated elementary school,

able to name at least two American presidents,


haven’t been to North Korea in the past 10 years.



(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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