Loud But Peaceful

Protesters“Are you just going stand here and allow all of those protesters to congregate right outside of our store?” the worried clerk said.

“What am I supposed to do?” Saul asked. “They have a right to congregate, don’t they?”

Looking worried, the clerk asked, “But what if they get violent and start throwing bricks through our shop window?”

“They’re loud but peaceful, so far, anyway,” Saul responded.

The clerk was not persuaded. “Do you have a gun, just in case?”

“Seriously?” Saul said. “That’s what they’re protesting about. There’s too much gun violence in this country and our representatives in Congress are too cowardly to do anything about it except to offer their useless thoughts and prayers every time there’s yet another mass shooting.”

“Americans have the right to bear arms,” the clerk said.

“True,” said Saul. “But military style, semiautomatic assault rifles? I don’t think so. And what about that well-regulated militia part?”

“Shit,” the clerk said. “Look at the cops. They’re outfitted like storm troopers.”

The tear gas canisters were tossed, shots were fired, and the riot broke out.

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “congregate.”

8 thoughts on “Loud But Peaceful

  1. kginoregon February 25, 2018 / 10:45 am

    The NRA leadership wants you to believe that they are crusaders for constitutional rights.  They are not.  The NRA is a HOBBY organization.  Their HOBBY is guns.  All kinds of guns – hunting rifles, hand guns and weapons of mass destruction in the form of assault rifles.  They believe that that they should have no restrictions.  They should be able to own any gun, any caliber, with any size magazine.  To support their hobby, they spend millions in contributions to and against law makers. 

    NRA HOBBYISTS  will tell you that guns are not the problem.  The problem is that we have crazies, immigrants and criminals in the US. Our schools are not built to stop high velocity bullets.  Public safety entities don’t share data, and doctors don’t cure mental illness.

    The NRA would like YOU to correct those problems. How? Spend money to turn schools into bunkers with armed paramilitaries patrolling the corridors. Not just schools, but anywhere that people congregate. If you don’t then YOU are the problem, not guns.

    Homicide rates are 25 times higher in the US than in other high income countries. No other first world country allows hobbyists to own assault weapons or buy lawmakers. Ban weapons of mass destruction and you don’t need to teach our kids in bunkers with armed guards. If the UK and Australia can do it so can we. Dump the gun ego trip and save our kids.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango February 27, 2018 / 2:30 pm

      I wholeheartedly agree. If other nations can do it, we in the U.S. can too. All we need is the will and the backbone to buck the NRA.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango February 25, 2018 / 12:24 pm

      I believe it was Clark, but they called him “clerk” for short. 😉

      Liked by 2 people

    • Fandango February 25, 2018 / 2:31 pm

      It was only just the beginning.


  2. Sight11 March 1, 2018 / 5:46 am

    I wonder if America should ‘break more arms rather than bearing it’..

    Liked by 1 person

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