Heading for Houston

Photo Prompt by Brenda Cox

“I’m here for your fine pineapples.”

Betsy smiled.  She knew that he was there because of her daughter, Ginny.  He was sweet on her.  “Here you go.”

He paid her.  “I’ll go and say hello to Ginny.”

“You’d better hurry.  She’s leaving for Houston.


 “Yes, she’s joining the rally outside the NRA Convention because of public outcry for gun control.”

“I’m going with her!”

65 Words

My heart goes out to all the families who have lost loved ones to gun violence. Following the Texas school shooting, hundreds of protesters who rallied outside the NRA meeting in Houston, Texas on Friday, calling on Americans to ‘protect kids, not guns’.

This post is for the Friday’s Fictioneers hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  You can find this week’s prompt here. To read other stories or to participate, click here. Also used the word Outcry from Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt.

Source: The Guardian

12 Replies to “Heading for Houston”

  1. Nicely doubled with both prompts. The pox on the NRA. I had to force myself away from this topic since it angers me so much, and living in TX is tough enough. But I am glad you wrote this. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Bill. I had to write about it. Yes, it’s a sensitive topic and it does make one very angry. Parents shouldn’t have to fear sending their kids to school and people should haven’t to worry about being gunned down when they go to a grocery store, a church or a synagogue or a Mosque or any public place where they ought to feel safe. And I think it was tactless and insensitive for the NRA to have their convention in the same state where the shooting took place instead of cancelling it.

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  2. Ginny seems a great girl and headstrong too. Will he live upto her expectations?
    I am not sure how the US will ever have true gun control I met an US Reserve Service person who bragged about owing TEN weapons, including semi=automatic assault weapons. These were for personal use and not military issue. I think there needs to be some work done on the mental problems of angry young men, it would be one step towards a safer America. Sorry, I am not expert on any of the issue, gun control or mental health-but as an outsider it makes me think there must be a better way. Why do they pick on innocent school children? Perhaps, this is a there way (the gunman) to claim notoriety.

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    1. I have great concerns about a teenager being able to purchase weapons for his birthday and walk into a school and kill 21 people while the police were outside. An hour passed before the gunman was engaged. I hope that they figure out what needs to be done to prevent these tragedies and then act. Perhaps they need to take a look at their gun laws and how they can be amended so that guns don’t end up in the wrong hands.

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    1. Thanks, Margaret. It’s outrageous that these heinous crimes take place leaving in their wake so much suffering and devastation. What’s heartbreaking is that this shooting happened just before the kids were about to start their summer vacation. Instead of plans for the families to maybe travel or just enjoy the summer together, they are planning funerals. These tragedies are happening too often and unless something is done about guns and who have access to them, they will continue.


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