A Writer’s Take on the Gun Control Debate

As both sides seem unable to reach a satisfactory agreement on gun control, perhaps we should look to our writers, novelists and scholars. These people have trained themselves to not just think outside the box, but to create entirely new boxes.

The Amy Rose Device

In my short story, The Shooting of Amy Rose, my MC cobbles together a device that will disarm would-be shooters and identify them, all without having to pay for guards or do background checks, or arm anyone else, or bother limiting the number of bullets law-abiding citizens can purchase.

Crazy, right? The device (SPOILERS AHEAD) looks like an armored metal detector, but instead of detecting metal, it identifies gun signatures using a sohpisticated solid state CPU.

And then it activates (within a micro-second) the giant electromagnet buried just beneath the thin floor on which the would-be shooter is standing. The device yanks the gun out of the man’s hands, ID’s him with its bullet-proof photo lens, and sits pretty, sending the footage directly to the police and FBI.

Nice and clean and simple. Such a device may be science-fiction, but the story is filled with hope.

Check out the first page below:

Church is better with a beautiful girl by your side, Brian thought as he stared at Amy, she of the vibrant red hair. It nearly reached down to her hips. Sometimes he caught himself gazing, almost hypnotized by those strands, by her beauty, by her delicate facial features, and at those impossibly smooth hands, so different from his own callused mitts.

“Pay attention,” Amy Rose chided in a playful murmur. “God is watching.” That pixy grin had no place in the house of God. But there it was anyway, just for Brian Collins.

He turned his focus reluctantly onto the preacher, who was standing up front on the podium, telling everyone to rise and join him in worship.

A few stanzas of some new unfamiliar tune, then they were onto ‘How Great is Our God’.

It was a moving rendition, a cappella, powerful enough to filch Brian’s attention from Amy. They were three verses in—the air a bit stifling and tainted by bad breath but filled with peace for all that—when the crescendo came on like the Holy Spirit. Brian closed his eyes and let it sweep him away. Even Amy Rose stood a distant second at times like these, when the Spirit moved over the congregation. He raised a hand in praise.

‘How great is our God, sing with me: how great is our God!’

POP. POP-POP.

Brian opened his eyes. What was that?

Looking around, he noticed others had stopped singing too. Everywhere he looked there were strange glances, consternated expressions.

POP. A flash of color in the corner of his eye. A fleshy thump was followed by a low murmured grunt.

“What is that?” When he turned to Amy with this question, he realized she was no longer standing beside him. He looked down. There she was, lying on the dark red Berber carpet. Was she prostrating herself? It was such an odd sight that he almost chuckled. But then someone screamed, and in the same instant Brian noticed the carpet around Amy morphing into a liquid red, brighter than the fine woven strands of carpet—too bright.

Screams filled the sanctuary as Brian finally knelt down beside her. The music had stopped, to be taken up by this hellish refrain.

Worship was over.

If you like, check out the rest of the story here.

A Short Story About Gun Control

I would like to share a short story with you, for free.

The Shooting of Amy Rose is now available for downloading at Amazon! It opens with a church shooting; Brian Collins survives a shot to his leg, but his fiancé Amy Rose, is gunned down. While lying in bed, disgusted with useless gun control measures, he receives a vision in the night, of a device that could protect the innocent. If it works, the device will disarm and ID potential shooters, while bypassing the gun control debate.

REAL GUN CONTROL

Brian’s investor, with his shady past, proves to be a colossal liability, while throughout the story Brian encounters a mysterious dark lady with designs of turning his heart back to God. Despite her gentle nudges (and delicious baked goods), Brian refuses to forgive Amy’s shooter, and defiantly turns his back on God.

The question then becomes: Can a man without faith give Americans hope?

(Even the idea of a gun control measure called GVRO, as posted by Washington Post, is questionable. This measure relies on potential shooters letting people know beforehand that they intend to shoot people. My device in The Shooting of Amy Rose, while perhaps a bit sci-fi, bypasses the debate entirely, to disarm only those Americans who indubitably seek to harm other Americans.)

While I am proud of my other works, fiction and non-fiction alike, their value lies more in entertainment and (in the case of Take it to the Bank) education, The Shooting of Amy Rose is first and foremost a relevant tale. It takes the polarizing conversation about gun control and turns it on its head, posing an alternative to useless measures that even policymakers don’t expect to work.

It also boldly examines the nature and potential power of faith, and poses the question of God’s role in modern America, and whether those hurt by gun violence can find their way to trusting Him.

Due to Amazon’s rule of allowing authors to make their works available for free for only 5 days every 3 months, The Shooting of Amy Rose will be free for only another couple days. I urge you to take advantage of this promotional time. But don’t worry if you have a large TBR list and don’t feel up to another book at the moment; this short story will be only .99 cents come the end of the week.

And it is well worth a look, if for no other reason than to inspire faith and hope. If you download it, and if you enjoy it, I would ask you kindly if you could take a moment to leave a review on Amazon, as this helps promote the work and brand. Remember, we authors and self-publishers are coworkers. We help each other out.

God bless you, and keep writing. You never know where your next story will take you!

Writing Relevant Stories

In your writing journey you will often be urged by professionals to write ‘relevant’ stories. While they of the all-mysterious ‘they say’ fame say your stories should be relevant, the term itself is often abused and misunderstood.

What Makes a Story Relevant?

Is George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series relevant because of all the political hoopla these days? If so, does that mean it was less relevant when it was first published over twenty years ago in (by comparison) sedate 1996?

Would you consider The Hunger Games relevant because of its atmosphere of gloom cast by a totalitarian government (which some people feared would be inevitable under a Clinton ‘regime’)? Or is it irrelevant because it is partly based on the ancient Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur?

Perhaps by relevance ‘they’ simply mean it promotes thought among modern people.

If so, then a story about a public shooting and a man’s struggle to find his way back to faith in God should be considered relevant by anyone’s definition. That’s what my short story The Shooting of Amy Rose is about.

Real Gun Control

Brian Collins survives a church mass shooting, but loses his fiancé—and his faith in a good God—in the chaos. Shattered and alone without Amy Rose, Brian experiences a night vision wherein he receives the idea for a device that could protect innocent Americans from any more shootings, all while bypassing useless gun control laws. But even as he builds his device, Brian is faced with a horrible decision: defend his investor, whose actions may mean the device was paid for with blood money, or hold to his own moral uprightness and reveal the truth. Such personal integrity would jeopardize any success wrought by the device.

All the while, he is confronted by a strange dark woman, who gently tries to nudge him toward forgiveness and a return to the God he abandoned. Can a man ever forgive his fiancé’s shooter? Can a machine really do what the government has failed for years to accomplish? Or is the device a trap, designed to keep Brian forever alone and incapable of loving again?

Inspiration, My Motivation

It is my hope that there might be a device (probably not like the one I invented for the story) which could protect innocent Americans from being shot up in public buildings. My highest hope is that it inspires someone to act on its hopeful theme, to work to create a safer public sphere for our fellow Americans.

It (the story, not the device) will be available soon. I will provide a link in the next post, to where it will be available for free for 5 days! I trust you will enjoy it; I hope you will find it relevant and motivating.