Rights

It's your right to shoot up theaters,

Restaurants, and stores.

It's your right to open fire

On school children as the bell rings.

It's your right to end the lives

Of anyone you want at any time.

You can kill first-graders by the dozen,

And the teachers who defend them;

Children with bright eyes and brighter dreams,

Whose lives have just begun,

Men and women who want nothing more

To shape their students' futures, and who only just bloomed

Into where they truly want to be.

You can kill couples out on dates, who just had anniversary dinners

And thought they'd be safe together at a movie.

It's your right to take my life,

But it's not my right to live,

Not if I'm taking away something

You clearly need to do.