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Taxonomy Of Mass Shooters

We need a “mass shooter taxonomy:”

(A classification of this thing

Ubiquitous in our economy)

Here I will try to begin it naming

1st they’re mostly elaborate suicides

These people kill when they want to die

If they survive they wanted to choose sides

To some fantasy identity ply

2nd they are the voiceless’s message

When their tweets, posts, memes & screeds are ignored

They feel they need a murderous dressage 

To break through all the ennui of the bored

3rd, & more specific’lly they want

To say something about some injustice 

(Whether real or imagined) they flaunt 

Murderously, their social caprice 

Some are simpleton racists who despise

Blacks, Latinos, Asians & others more

Than they enjoy all of living’s supplies

(They create a fantasy of race war)

I need to quickly add explanations 

Of the commercially motivated

& the Bigger Thomas iterations 

Not many, but difference is noted

Not a few of them choose to blame women

Certainly a form of misogyny 

Thinking that life relationships owes them

(This alienation is unholy)

This is all toxic masculinity 

Where we men blame the sexual obverse 

(Oft’ “performative femininity”

Women’s social incentives perverse)

I should have started with the bullying 

That we think begins with one tyrant

(Truthfully we’re all participating

“‘Favorites’ is a form of violence”)

Let me circle back to the suicides 

(That are to me incomprehensible 

Mental Health sometimes sanity elides

A predictable reaction awful)

Today’s society’s expecting

Or demanding too much of human souls

People think they should be fame producing

Simulacrum of Humanity’s goals

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Second Amendment Sonnet

A firearm in hand boosts the weak psyche

•Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun• explains psychology

A pistol needn’t compromise with me

2nd Amendment’s a tautology

White Supremacy’s 2nd Amendment

Guns to bully & slaughter Brown People

First Indians then Negroes targeted

Racism’s the American steeple

I’d always suspected this about guns

They’re part of the American ego

They were somewhat less necessary once

Back when White Supremacy was legal

Guns’re inextricably linked to death

Taking over when compromise has left

https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-8070-4449-0

http://freakonomics.com/podcast/how-to-think-about-guns-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast/

http://www.citylights.com/book/?GCOI=87286100460830

https://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=53508079&autoplay=1&refid=asi_twtr

Shooting Haikus

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Shooting Haikus

1. These shootings are tests/
Rorschach ink-blot projections/
Of our inner thoughts/
#haiku

2. Interpret these deaths/
Through ideological/
Political lens/
#haiku

3. Counter-factual/
Solutions to passed problems/
Is all we offer/
#haiku

4. Obsessing on death/
Like air-brushed celebrity/
We fetishized it/
#haiku

6. Killers want some fame/
“Meaning” that evaded them/
In our modern “life”/
#haiku

7. Spectacular death/
Revenge against all living/
Fights meaninglessness/
#haiku

8. Oversized living/
Broadcast to sell production*/
Overshadows “life”/
#haiku *the famous

9. The G_dless marriage:/
Fame & consumerism/
Belittle our lives/
#haiku

10. These belittled lives/
fight for relevant meaning/
(But some wackos snap)/
#haiku

12. Spectacle shootings/
Attract eyes to TV screens/
Without any “content”/
#haiku

13. Prurient int’rest/
In destruction & murder/
Gets lower angels/
#haiku

14. Our basest thinking/
Revenge, power, victory/
Acted out by guns/
#haiku

15. We can’t look away/
From the horror we create/
By watching TV/
#haiku

16. Satellite trucks come/
Beaming local horror up/
For media wealth/
#haiku

17. Like flies to a corpse/
Media shows tragedy/
Death’s their business plan/
#haiku

18. Expertly made up/
Talking heads perform our grief/
Knowing what’s needed/
#haiku

19. “The Ace in the Hole”/
Profiting off of sadness/
Advances careers/
#haiku

20. We watch ’cause we care/
& their tragedy highlights/
Our lives’ plain goodness/
#haiku

21. Chiaroscuro/
Out of the darkness some light/
On our common lives/
#haiku