Dear Congress, thirty thousand plus and rising


Dear Congress,

Thirty thousand plus and rising.

How many more will lose their lives?
What is the magic number?
When do you stop craving their gun money?

14 dead, 22 wounded in San Bernardino, California
I want to know, how much money did you earn with that one?

3 dead, 9 injured in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
What did you bargain for their death?

9 dead, 9 injured in Roseburg, Oregon
That holiday trip where you sat sipping bloody Marys, was it worth the cost of nine lives?

5 dead, 3 wounded in Chattanooga, Tennessee
The bloody steak in that restaurant must have been five stars for the five dead.

9 dead in Charleston, South Carolina
You dressed to the nines in your tailored silk suit, while they were being dressed in their best at the morgue.

27 killed, one injured in Newtown, Connecticut
We thought surely this would move you, but the blood of our babies bought you a fancier, blood-red car.

The list of the dead goes on and on.

And now the deadliest killing yet, 50 are dead and so many more injured in Orlando
You pledge your allegiance to the flag. One death is represented in each bloody star you have woven into your flag.

What magic number will it take before you realize
the tentacles of death, pain, and suffering
are on everything you touch?

This is your life, forever smeared in their blood.

About Ono Kono

I am an outspoken straight ally and feminist Christian. I also speak out against the abuses of churches and religions.
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13 Responses to Dear Congress, thirty thousand plus and rising

  1. Sandie Kirkham says:

    June 12th, my 49th birthday. I was at home, cleaning, doing laundry and tending to my two disabled son’s. It was just another day, like every other birthday has been for years. I was feeling sorry for myself. The only birthday wishes were posts from people on Facebook that I hardly know, but none-the-less, still offers reminders to people in your friends list. If not for that, it would have been just another day.
    For some reason, I couldn’t sleep that night. Still feeling like I didn’t matter to all of those people that I have done so much for over the years. I picked up my phone and started scrolling through Facebook.
    That’s when I saw what happened in Orlando. The same day that I was throwing my pity party, young men and women were being mowed down by yet another gun-toting psychopath. Over a hundred families rushing to the aid of their babies…some too late to save.
    I burst into tears. Too many parents lost their babies. They were killed because of ignorance and hate on the gunman’s part. A gunman, ironically enough, a member of another community currently being hatefully exploited.
    I cried some more.
    Why has this country so horrifically become a nation of “us against them.” and I’m not referring to the LGBTQ community explicitly.
    Every church, every religion (or lack thereof), every race, color, sexual orientation, man and woman. Why is there so much hate?
    I cried even more.
    The guilt that I was feeling for spending Sunday feeling sorry for myself, really topped it all. I should have spent that day smiling and laughing with my children. I should have taken a moment to appreciate nature’s beauty and for all that I am blessed to have.
    49 souls didn’t get to wake up and start their day.

    I would offer my condolences for the loss of members of the LGBTQ community, but please don’t be offended when I say “I don’t do communities.” I also don’t “do” anything else that divides us as people. I don’t “do” race. And as much as I love God, I don’t “do” religion.
    I do offer my condolences to everyone effected by the loss of those beautiful people. I do mourn the tragic and unnecessary loss of those men and women, who might have been different to some…but we are ALL different in some way. NONE of us should be grouped together and hated for it.

    My love to all. ❤❤

  2. Ben in Oakland says:

    As always, bang on. The Chronicle published my letter on the crossroads of homohatred and irresponsible gun laws.

  3. Fairy JerBear says:


  4. kzottarelli says:

    Maybe it’s time we used our second amendment rights for what they really were created and over- throw the government so we can have some common sense gun laws!

    • kzottarelli says:

      A very extreme piece and a very appropriate response to an extremely horrific event. They are drowning in the blood! Thank you Ono for stating how blood soaked they truly are!

      • Ono Kono says:

        Thanks KZ. I had to process this madness and this is what came out. I called it what it is — blood money.

        I watched the 15 hour senate filibuster yesterday (I am home sick with the flu so it was one thing I could do — rest and watch). Senator after senator (Dems) spoke about how to fix this. After the massacre, Senator Murphy from Connecticut (where Sandy Hook took place) was appalled that nothing was on the docket about gun controls after the weekend’s shooting massacre. He took the floor and stood there for 15 hours while senators took turns asking him questions. I missed the first 20 minutes but watched to the end these senators do what we elected them to do. Finally the GOP leadership said they would put gun controls up for a vote this week.

        Now we need to be on the phones to our senators (mostly GOP) telling them we need these common sense gun controls and closing loopholes where terrorists or mentally ill folks can circumvent background checks through internet sales and gun shows. It would be a good start, but I want to see the ban of weapons of war that can mow down many people in seconds. We don’t sell hand grenades for a reason, so why do we allow assault rifles that can kill many more?

        What did I see yesterday that really drove it home. We often hear the excuse guns don’t kill people, people do. But people with guns kill a lot more. Or something like that. (Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it today to quote.)

        • kzottarelli says:

          Well first let me say I hope you are feeling better, sending love and hugs. I still haven’t been able to process it. This is one of my greatest fears as my son and his partner do a lot of traveling ( places I’m not sure are really gay friendly) and going to clubs with friends is a regular thing. I have a very hard time accepting that people are so concerned with their gun rights above people’s rights that they lose all sense or reason. Even the saying, ” guns don’t kill people, people do” is ridiculous because that is exactly what we are asking for, responsible laws that would prevent certain people from buying guns, specifically assault rifles, which there is no reason under the sun a civilian should have one! BTW I gave your book to my son’s partner, who is a private chef, to use with the family he works for. He was very excited to try recipes, and I loved it! Can you please send me where he and I can write a review? Thank you

          Much love always,

          • Ono Kono says:

            I have the same fear for my daughter and her partner. But they have to live their lives without fear, or terrorists win. I actually had someone tell me on Twitter that LGBTs are not in more danger. I don’t know what planet he was standing on, it certainly didn’t appear to be earth.

            I will private message you with the info you need. Thank you too!

  5. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    US Congress … “This is your life, forever smeared in their blood.”!!

  6. Extremely poignant and undeniable evoL! Bravo! I’m sure members of Congress and other political officials networked with weapons-revenue or funding, won’t take this epidemic — when compared to other nations! — serious enough UNTIL it actually happens to them or to someone they love dearly. NO ONE is immune from the deranged gun-wielding murders. Period.

    Bravo evoL! ❤

    • Ono Kono says:

      I have thought the same thing about what it would take for them to wake up. It’s all about greed, and innocents are paying the price. I hoped a wakeup call would have come after Sandy Hook, but if that didn’t wake them up, I doubt anything else could.

      Thank you for your comments. I know we are all trying to process this extremely difficult time, this came out last night after hearing the many comments from my question, why won’t it stop?


      • Succinctly, poignantly, and truthfully stated Ono Kono. ❤

      • Ben in Oakland says:

        Not just greed. Greed and fear and desire for dominion. It’s a nasty combination.

        I said the same thing about Newtown not waking them up. They don’t need to be awakened, though. They are already awake. They need to care. It wasn’t happening to them, now, was it?

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