Sunday Photo Fiction — The Aftermath

179D041D-4CCD-4B3F-931C-1EA4DDB03F37“They closed the school after the second mass shooting of the year last year,” Maggie told her cousin, Erica. The two girls were standing outside of the fence that blocked the school’s now empty parking lot. “I was supposed to go here, but because of the carnage, they shut the place down.

“I’m one of the lucky ones,” Maggie continued. “My parents can afford to send me to private school. Some parents have chosen to homeschool their kids. But a lot of parents — those who can’t afford private schools or who work and don’t have time to homeschool their kids — have given up. So a lot of kids are just hanging around instead of going to school.”

“That’s awful,” Erica said. “Can’t something be done to stop the gun violence so kids can get an education instead of just aimlessly hanging out and getting into trouble?”

“Not really,” responded Maggie. “The NRA is too rich and powerful. They literally bought and own the Republicans in Congress. The White House, too.”

Tears started streaming down Erica’s cheeks. “Maggie, I wish you could come live with us in Ottawa. You could go to school there and not be afraid of being shot.”

(200 words)

Written for today’s Sunday Photo Fiction prompt. Photo credit: Sascha Darlington.

29 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction — The Aftermath

  1. rugby843 February 18, 2018 / 8:17 am

    Hmmn, if only that were true. There are no safe places anymore

    Liked by 1 person

        • Fandango February 18, 2018 / 9:50 am

          True, but nothing like what is going on in the United States. At least not in the “developed” countries.

          Liked by 1 person

          • rugby843 February 18, 2018 / 10:01 am

            Besides the obvious gun control, what do you think can be done?

            Liked by 1 person

            • Fandango February 18, 2018 / 11:24 am

              Ban semiautomatic assault rifles, gun stocks, and silencers. Limit the size of magazines. Ban concealed or open carry. Enforce rigorous background checks, even at gun shows and online. Require every firearm to be registered and all owners to have a license to use them, just like cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Those are some of the actions that can be taken.


            • rugby843 February 18, 2018 / 11:51 am

              I noticed after a mass shooting last year the gun shows increased. Locally at least.

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            • Fandango February 18, 2018 / 12:22 pm

              Yes, and since the latest school shooting in Florida, the stock prices of gun makers has gone up.


  2. newepicauthor February 18, 2018 / 10:00 am

    Politicians are good at saying how sorry and shocked they are and how sad this is, but they will not even try to fix this problem. I saw a man in the supermarket wearing an NRA shirt the day after the shooting and I felt like ramming my shopping cart into him.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Fandango February 18, 2018 / 11:20 am

      You showed admirable restraint. I probably would have rammed my cart into him.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Sight11 February 19, 2018 / 4:54 am

      You probably should have done that. I would have..that’s for sure.


    • Kenneth T. May 20, 2018 / 10:56 pm

      That there is the problem… angry people get physical.
      In your defense, it is human nature

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    • Fandango February 18, 2018 / 11:17 am

      It’s a sad and tragic…and avoidable…fact of life in America.


  3. Iain Kelly February 18, 2018 / 11:53 am

    I found I had to write something dealing with the news again this week – but I am becoming fatigued by constantly making the same point. As you explain – nothing is ever going to change and so it will only get worse as more children suffer directly and indirectly. A depressing cycle.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango February 18, 2018 / 12:24 pm

      It is depressing and those in a position to do something to stop it are only capable of sending “thoughts and prayers,” which don’t seem to be doing any good.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Marilyn Armstrong February 18, 2018 / 11:54 am

    There’s an answer. Move somewhere else. Where they DO have sane gun laws.


    • Fandango February 18, 2018 / 12:24 pm

      We are seriously considering that.


  5. baddadcartoons101 February 18, 2018 / 12:00 pm

    Unfortunately, every mass shooting merely plays into the NRA’s cold hands! Their solution to stop gun violence is to have more people out there with guns. They play on people’s fears and offer them hope from this fear by arming themselves for personal protection. So what’s going to happen? We’re going to continue to have mass shootings, while at the same time, more-and-more Bubba’s are sitting at home saying, “that’s not going to happen to me cause I gotta gun!”

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  6. Marilyn Armstrong February 18, 2018 / 12:13 pm

    You know, if they would require the same regulation for guns that every state requires for an automobile, it would work. A test. Insurance. Controls on who OWNS it and who BUYS it and you can’t get rid of it without all the papers signed. Tickets for misuse. And they won’t let you drive at all if you are drunk or otherwise not driving properly. Just like a car. So if we are so careful about cars, why can’t we be at least as vigilant about guns?

    I am not the only one to point this out but it has not to my knowledge ever been considered as a law. That’s why I get so down about this. After ALL these years, they have done less than nothing and revoked even the little bit we did in the past.

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    • Fandango February 18, 2018 / 12:30 pm

      “So if we are so careful about cars, why can’t we be at least as vigilant about guns?” Exactly. But the NRA/Republicans would never allow something that logical and reasonable to happen. Because, you know, good guys with guns and thoughts and prayers.


  7. Mike February 18, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    Humanity pays a very price when it comes to being allowed to own guns.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango February 18, 2018 / 6:54 pm

      Yes, especially when it’s our children who pay the price.


  8. joem18b February 18, 2018 / 4:12 pm

    gun stocks go up the day after a mass shooting. happens every time.

    i have three meetings every week with the company owners in canada. between talking about trump, health care, and guns, it’s hard to get anything done.


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  9. Sascha Darlington February 24, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    Well done. 33% of Americans own guns, 5% own more than half of all of the guns. I don’t understand what’s going on. 33% is no majority. When did America stop being a democracy and just give in to money?
    Corruption. (Sorry to rant on your comments.)

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango February 24, 2018 / 8:40 pm

      No worries. All rants are welcome!


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