Staying in Focus: Daily Prompt: A House Divided

Dai;y Prompt:

Daily Prompt: A House Divided

Pick a divisive issue currently in the news. Write a two-part post in which you take on two personas and approach the topic from both sides. Bonus points for a creative format (roundtable discussion, debate transcript, etc.).

She gazed out the window at the bright green lawns, rolling toward the shore beyond. At the water’s edge if she stretched her neck far enough she could see the children playing in the surf. Faintly , their laughter carried on the breeze, like  the tinkling of wind chimes.  That is how life should be for children, she thought. Despite her medication, her mind traveled back to that terrible day the man lost his mind and fired his gun into a crowd . She was there. She couldn’t control him. She failed to stop him. She remembered the arguments she and Jonathan had over gun control. She argued for  total gun control, no guns at all. because once you had them, the temptation to use them in the heat of a moment was too strong.  He argued for the polar opposite , total freedom to bear arms as stated in the constitution. But she had studied the constitution and its intent that  one had the right to bear arms within the ranks of a militia. The Founding Fathers never envisioned AK 47s,  she’d told him. She had recently been to Ireland, where not even the police had guns,Their country seemed to be fine with it. Of course, she knew it would be impossible to rid the world of them, now she longed to just be able to dispose of those under her control. But that was the problem. As she and Jonathan  grew older, her control over him was weakening. Even now, she could feel him growing stronger. She closed her eyes.

“‘Don’t try that trick with me. Jackie. I know you are awake.”

“Please don’t  start a fight with me today, Jonathan. I don’t have the strength to argue with you.”

“Argue about what?,” he asked.

“About the guns,” she said, “as we  always do.”

“I will not argue, but I will say this,” he said.” You know my feelings about it. Without our guns, our government or some other one, can take over faster than  you can say “second amendment.” You told me about the book remember? How one day the women woke up to find all their financial accounts frozen, and soon all their civil rights as well. It was you who was so afraid back then, of losing your rights and access to your money like the women in that book.  You were so afraid you asked me to get the guns. It was all your idea, Jackie. In fact, everything that happened – it was all you.”

She heard the lock being opened on her door.

A single tear slipped from her eye.

The doctor and nurse came in. “Have you been talking to Jonathan again, Jackie?

She nodded her head.

“Well, we will just increase your meds a little, he said, “and that should take care of Jonathan.”




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