Thursday, June 25, 2015

Donal Mahoney- A Poem

Another Mass Shooting

Another mass shooting.
This time a young white man
shoots nine black people 
in a South Carolina church
during a Bible study.

At trial, defense attorneys 
will try to prove
the shooter was insane 
as the defense in Denver
tried to prove after 
the shootings in 
the movie theater;
as the defense
at Sandy Hook 
would have tried had 
the shooter survived.

Don’t execute the shooters.
That would be inhumane.
They had to be insane.
Instead, let them roam  
among strangers 
in the penitentiary
Peers will decide what
punishment fits the crime.

Donal Mahoney lives in St. Louis, Missouri. 

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