ethel’s words

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WHO HAS A GUN?

Does the frail little grandmother have a gun?
No.
Does the 13-year-old beauty subject to rape have a gun? No.
Does the single woman who owns a Porsche have a gun?
No.
Does the 7-year-old, beaten and raped by own father have a gun? No.
Does the gentle slight-of-build intellectual have a gun? No.

Who has a gun?

The big, burly, strutting, swaggering, boasting pick-up-driving brute--
That’s who has a gun.

This gun thing is the goddamnedest thing.

                2003

Ethel C. Hale