Gun!

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Humor  |  House: Booksie Classic
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Submitted: September 23, 2019

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“GUN!!!!” echoed down the hallway of the busy office building.  People followed the person who yelled the dreaded word that always meant a disgruntled ex employee or some other nutcase was getting ready to shoot up a place of business; or worse a school.  Others came from the same direction yelling “gun, gun!”  Pete stepped into an office with several others to take refuge from what must be coming next.  It seemed awfully quiet for a building under siege by a gun-wielding maniac, and curiosity got the best of our possible hero.  He knew it was foolish to do so, but he peaked out of the door, despite the strong objections of those who shared the ‘safe’ place with him.  It was important to take things like this seriously, with all the recent headlines about workplace violence and such.  He wasn’t surprised at the click of the lock behind him when he stepped into the hallway.  Another person ran from the direction of the ‘danger’ yelling “GUN!” at the top of his lungs.  He didn’t stop as he passed Pete and continued to run away at top speed.

Pete walked slowly towards the alleged hot spot that was sending people scurrying like rats from a sinking ship.  He slowly opened the door at the end of the hallway and displayed a nervous smile when he saw a semi-automatic pistol lying on the floor.  A woman, paralyzed with fear, was sitting on the floor, leaning against the wall crying “I don’t want to die”.  Pete was confused as he approached the weapon, just lying there.  He picked it up to defend himself and the weeping lady if it became necessary.  He surmised that the perpetrator of this ‘shooting’ must have dropped the handgun, while walking around looking for live targets to shoot.  Before he was able to get his hands on it, a team of SWAT officers stormed into the area with automatic rifles at the ready.

Pete thought he was doomed as the cop’s swarmed both he and the woman; shouting instructions at them since they were, understandably, the most immediate suspects to consider.  While in handcuffs, the two ‘baddies’ lay on the floor, listening to all of the witnesses after the situation was deemed ‘secure’.  They all explained that neither Pete nor the woman were in the hallway when they first spotted the gun.  One of the men never took his eye off of the now unloaded gun that was still lying there circled in a chalk outline.  He seemed very nervous as the officer took him closer to the weapon in question.  “Don’t make me get close to it!” he exclaimed as he fought the urge to run away again.  “Don’t let it shoot me!” he added as the officer looked on in amazement.  He was confused at why a grown man could be afraid of a gun that was just lying there on the carpet.

The next day, all of the major news outlets were covering the story almost without a break for the other news of the day.  Though the gun that happened to be lying on the floor didn’t shoot anyone (not that it could), most of the pundits on ‘that’ side of the issue were calling for stricter limits on what firearms people could buy, possess and own.  Those on the ‘other’ side bitched and moaned about the illegality of rocket propelled grenade launchers.  The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on a resolution to condemn guns and study how to keep ordinary citizens from owning them.  Pete had to laugh because all of the hysteria created by politicians, actually made more than a few people in his building actually believe that a handgun, sitting on the floor, posed a real danger to them.  It didn’t occur to them that an actual person would have to wield the weapon to cause any damage; usually a person with severe psychological problems, though that wasn’t always the case.

Later that week, when a gentleman ‘copped’ to accidentally dropping his concealed weapon in the hallway, the mystery was solved.  What was still ‘up in the air’ was the panic created by a handgun lying on the floor all by itself; making adults run for their lives.  The man’s permit to carry a weapon was revoked after the authorities reported his careless mishap through the proper channels.  The office building went back to business as usual, but Pete looked at his coworkers and building mates differently after that day.  He tried every way he could to get his head around their irrational fear of a weapon lying on the floor, with no other visible signs of danger.  He smiled as he thought, ‘we’d better do something about these guns, they’re actually going out on their own to cause violence and mayhem’.  He wasn’t amused later that evening when a news pundit was actually suggesting something like that, but in a way to instill irrational fear into those gullible enough to take any stock in it.


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