Melissa Perez. Say her name!
Daniel Garcia. Say his name!

Come on America, how many more loved ones must we lose to the sound a gun makes?
How much more can one society take?

Do we not see that we are our own worst enemy?
How many more must die before we implement a remedy?

Guns or our loved ones,that is the question we all must face,
because we are losing our future leaders at a fast pace.

Say the names of those lost to senseless gun violence,
and pray for those who have the power to change things,
but chose the option of silence.

Let not the lives lost be in vain,
and pray constantly for America,
asking God to ease the pain.

*Rest In Power to the lost to gun violence.


  1. Kay R. on February 19, 2024 at 1:10 PM

    AL, your poem touches on a prevalent topic that deserves attention. Gun violence is an important issue, and I am moved by your call to action with this poem. Many people are affected by gun violence daily, so your poem is a way that people can connect with feelings of loss from gun violence. Your poem advocates for everyone who has been affected by this tragedy. Your work has a profound impact on many. Great job!

  2. Kennedy Critz on February 23, 2024 at 12:46 PM

    Gun violence is an ongoing situation that deserves to be talked about. It’s definitely gotten worse instead of better. No matter how many revolts and protests occur, there’s always another life lost. Your poem accurately captured want everyone thinks.

  3. Lindy Brandt on February 28, 2024 at 10:01 PM

    Hello AL,
    The 4th stanza, so telling: “…we are losing our future leaders at a fast pace.” It grabbed my attention.
    I really like the emphasis that the new line added to 5th stanza, when “but chose the option of silence” stood alone, not part of the previous line.
    And the last line, so powerful: *Rest in Power to the lost to gun violence. Throughout your poem your words have powerful imagery. Thank you.

  4. Erica L on March 6, 2024 at 2:12 PM

    Wow- your stanza “Guns or our loved ones,that is the question we all must face,
    because we are losing our future leaders at a fast pace” really stuck with me. It is sickening to think about how many future leaders we are losing because we cannot value human life over guns. Thank you for bringing attention to this issue and keep using your words for change.

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