Below are the lyrics to Rights Unprotected, the first track off of Tight Connection. What initially drew me to them was their neutrality. This is not a song about being for or against gun control. It simply paints a picture of a society in turmoil, exposing the predicament we all face, no matter what side of the argument we happen to side with. Yes, taking away our rights can have a devastating impact on the moral fiber of this nation. On the other hand, abuse of our rights, especially by the deranged psychopaths we’ve managed to breed, can be equally destructive. The images I selected for the video depict many of the tragic events that have occurred in recent history, but they are not meant to make a case for stronger gun control laws. What they are meant to do is to emphasize the need for us to open our eyes and our hearts, to dig into what it is that makes people behave the way they do, and to inspire ways to resolve the underlying issues that have left us so desensitized.
The right to life and liberty
Pursuit of happiness
The right to choose divergent views
All these we possess.
Freedom of religion
Freedom of the press
The right to earn a little more
To pay a little less.
The right to guard our families
Our homesteads and our farms
So it’s reckoned, by the second
Amendment . . . . and the right . . . . to bear arms.
Free from fear and free from want
With freedom of expression
The freedom of assembly
To take aim at oppression
At Congresswomen who pass laws
To register and wait
Handguns, rapid fire weapons . . .
. . . thou shalt not regulate.
Thank goodness for the good guys
Who keep us safe, unharmed
. . The right to keep us armed.
He buys his weapons one by one
On the internet
Just yesterday a good guy
But today he feels upset
A semi with a pistol grip
Made of carbon steel
Exerts his right to keep,
To carry and conceal
He picks a school or movie house
But triggers no alarms
Just the children he’s selected
Unprotected . . . by the right . . . to bear arms…