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America is Weeping

By Diana Franco

“America is weeping” – Representative G. K. Butterfield, Head of the Congressional Black Caucus

 

Tear stained faces, bloodied shirts, bodies everywhere

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families

But there is nothing more that we can do 

The right to bear arms buries our right to life

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families

Lowered flags, memorial services, hymns in church tonight

But the right to bear arms buries our right to life

Even when the lives of twenty guiltless children are taken

 

Lowered flags, memorial services, hymns in church tonight

But Congress fails to act again

Even when the lives of twenty guiltless children are taken

And the pulse of forty-nine young people stopped

 

But Congress fails to act again

The NRA has bought the House lock stock and barrel

And the pulse of forty-nine young people stopped

Their safety threatened by lone wolves or plots

 

The NRA has bought the House lock stock and barrel

The people’s voices are silenced

Their safety threatened by lone wolves or plots

Candlelight vigils and pretty words will simply not suffice

 

The people’s voices are silenced

At school, at work, at church, the movies, and even at the mall

Candlelight vigils and pretty words will simply not suffice

America is weeping    and we cry “Enough!”

 

At school, at work, at church, the movies, and even at the mall

Petitions, letters, fundraisers       Congress ignores them all

America is weeping      and we cry “Enough!”

When will Congress listen, will they ever have enough?

 

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