Don’t Take Your Guns to Town

In 1958, Johnny Cash sang the iconic ballad, “Don’t Take Your Gun to Town ”

It  was the plea of a mother to her son, who, in his bravado, ignored her warning and dies at the hand of someone who was faster on the draw. The ballad ends with the last words of the dying boy…Don’t take your gun to town.”

That was was a theme that found its home in the ’50’s a scant decade after the horrible killing fields of the Second World War as both a warning and a prophecy.

“Don’t take your guns to town, son”

He took his gun to church and nine people died. Some have said that those in the church should have been armed and killed him first.

In a place of peace, in a sanctuary of hope, at an altar of light…..Don’t take your gun to church, son”

He took his gun to school and the innocent children died. Some said the teachers should be armed and so kill him first. “Don’t take your gun to school, son”

He took his gun to the campus and his fellow students died. Some thoughtmore armed guards should have killed him first. “Don’t take your gun to the campus, son”

And so the killing goes on, the guns more easily obtained and the cries of those who mourn, m

And those who lie dying, cry out, “don’t take your guns to town, son!”

Isn’t it about time the killing stopped? Isn’t it time we called forth leaders with the courage to stand against those who live by the gun and cry out: No More?

Isn’t it time to stop taking the guns to town?

About Olson Huff, MD

Olson Huff is a pediatrician, author, husband, father of three sons and grandfather of four dynamic and growing grandchildren. Often described as a visionary leader and eclectic thinker, his efforts have always been to acknowledge the power, value and delight to be found in ALL children. As a pediatrician he has used his skills as a clinician to provide healing, as an author his words to reveal the spirit of children and as an advocate to plead their case from the state house of politics to the White House of policy changes. His vision is that ALL children will have the very best start in life from their earliest years of development to the brightness of the future they aspire to shape. He believes ALL children have a right to affordable, quality health care, clean and safe environments and homes that cherish their presence.
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27 Responses to Don’t Take Your Guns to Town

  1. Susie Wheelis says:

    Amen, Olson, amen.

  2. tgp2003 says:

    I hope you sent this to BM and Aville papers, Olson. Well done. Martha

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. Marylyn Huff says:

    Excellent! M

    Sent from my iPad


  4. Curry First says:

    Thanks Olson — so much—sweet, too timely (or too late), impacting. Thinking now of Pete Seeger’s “Where have all the flowers gone?” >

  5. Heath Rada says:

    Amen !!

    Sent from my iPhone


  6. Steve Kaagan says:

    So much needless pain. There is a role for elders here for sure. Thank you for the thoughts Olson. Best, steve

    Sent from my iPad


  7. Don McMahill says:

    So, are we more civilized than we were 150 years ago, or are we simply pretending we are?

  8. Maggie Lauterer says:

    Thank you, Olson, for expressing the pain flooding our nation as yet another unstable young man buys a gun and wreaks havoc on the innocent – but this time,it was in the sanctuary of the Holy. That makes the gun issue OUR issue. And this time, the Church has opportunity to show our true colors, because this time, the world is listening. Maybe, God willing, your voice, with a chorus of other prophetic voices – this time – will be heard. I know that’s your prayer. Mine too.

  9. Jane Holt says:

    This is our time to stand with you, Olson, with our President, with the Pope and other leaders and
    INSIST that guns be regulated and that life is more sacred than the mere right to carry a gun!

  10. mmsiler says:

    Olson, Terrific, poetic. You nailed it from the back door. An elder word. Thanks. Mahan 

  11. jrennicks says:

    Amen. Beautiful Olson. Happy Fathers Day.

    Jennifer Rennicks Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Sent using iPhones ridiculously small keypad, please excuse typos

  12. Judy Major says:

    As always, Olson, your words are poignant, clear, thought-provoking and filled with truth! May they be spread far and wide! Thank you

  13. Lloyd Huff says:

    Nice piece Olson. I was passing a bit of time today watching You Tube videos – – this one seemed especially relevant…

    Love, Lloyd

  14. Louise says:

    Thanks Olson
    Until people turn to God and stop this will there be peace. Several shot in Lexington last night!

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