"Now, we'll repeat the alphabet! A..."
|A||AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, legally purchased at Coral Springs gun store (Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, FL, 2018. 17 dead, 14 injured. A good excuse for the President to increase gun sales.)|
|B||Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle, mom's. (Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, CT, 2012. 28 dead, 2 injured. Mom as collateral damage. She said no when he asked her for her guns.)|
|G||Glock 34, legally purchased in Goleta, CA, a small addition to the store owners' taxable income (University of California, Santa Barbara, Isla Vista, CA, 2014, 7 dead, 14 injured)|
|H||Hi-Point 995 Carbine, 9 mm, with thirteen 10-round magazines, bought by an 18+ friend who thought friends must help friends kill other people's friends (Columbine High School, Columbine, CO, 1999, 15 dead, 21 injured.)|
|N||Norinco Type 56S semi-automatic rifle, legally purchased in Sandy, OR. The owners had never before heard of Stockton. They sent flowers to the funerals. (Cleveland Elementary School, Stockton, CA, 1989. 6 dead, 32 injured, children of Southeast Asian refugees)|
|R||Remington 1858 model cap-and-ball muzzleloading revolver which reached its potential to muzzle young lives. (Santa Monica College, Monica, CA, 2013. 6 dead, 4 injured, some because they were studying for finals at the library.)|
|S||SIG Sauer P232 (Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 2008. 6 killed, 21 injured. By a former student).|
|SIG Sauer P226 (two of them), legally purchased in Oxnard & Burbank, CA. (University of California, Santa Barbara, Isla Vista, CA, 2014. See above.)|
|T||Taurus PT24/7 (Umpqua Community College, Roserburg, OR, 2015. 10 killed, 9 injured. By a colleague.)|
|U||Universal .30 M1 carbine, one of grandpa's nine guns, took them all (Westside Middle School, Jonesboro, AR, 1998. Teens killed by teens, perpetrators released when they turned 21)|
|W||Walther P22 (Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2007. 33 killed, 23 injured. Nice guy, bad day, his girlfriend told the media.)|
"Miss, may I go pee-pee?"
"Of course, Jimmy dear, but don't forget your pocket gun."
Note about the author: Diana M. has been a teacher for over 20 years. She's never touched and hopes never to touch a gun. She also hopes she's not going to die by one.
Diana Manole is a Romanian-Canadian writer, translator, and scholar. In her native Romania, she has published 9 books (poems and plays), won 14 literary awards, and contributed to numerous anthologies and magazines. After publishing numerous academic articles and finishing her doctorate at the University of Toronto, Diana has been finally ready for creative writing in her second language. A Pushcart prize nominee, her poetry in English has appeared in magazines in the US, the UK, Canada, and South Africa, and in translation in several other countries. She’s now working on “love in eXile,” a collection of poems which reflect on the effect of cultural differences on romantic love. Her poetry appears on NationalPoetryMonth.ca