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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Michael Steffen

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Congressional Math

If a Hi-Point 995 Carbine fires a ten-round clip,
and there's thirteen mags in a student's backpack,
how many funerals can he author between now
and high time, how many bloodstained manifestos?
If a shooter sprays nine semi-automatic
rounds per second into a frantic crowd
at a music concert in Vegas, and it takes him
only three seconds to swap out a mag,
with sixteen hundred rounds and a real good aim,
how many mothers will he drape over coffins,
how many fathers, husbands, wives?
If an AR-15 fires five rounds in an eyeblink,
and there's twenty children to a classroom,
how many teddy bears and cut flowers will it take
to cover the cyclone fence at Robb Elementary?
Take all the time you need. Show your work.